I’m not just a freelance writer. I’ve done graphic design projects, sold photographs, built websites and done a half dozen other things. But this site mostly focuses on my freelance writing. I have other sites and other projects that promote my other skills. I’ve made an effort to separate out the different parts of my career.
This week, I met a woman who described herself as an author-illustrator-singer-songwriter-musician-graphic designer-virtual assistant. My immediate reaction was to question if she could really be good at any of those things if she tried to do them all. I know from experience that it’s possible to be skilled in such a wide variety of careers, but I didn’t still expect this woman to be any good.
I’d never suggest limiting yourself to one career, but I do think it’s worthwhile to limit how you present yourself. Consider the example in the title: songwriting and shoemaking. If you do both, that’s great. But don’t market them on the same website — or at least not on the same page. Make up business cards for your songwriting business and make up an entirely different set for your shoemaking business. Don’t introduce yourself as a songwriter at a shoemaker’s convention.
You get the idea. Put a little distance between your various enterprises. At the very least, it will be easier to convince clients that you are a master of your trade, rather than a jack of all trades.