Do you want clients who treat you like their beck-and-call employee or as a trusted business professional delivering a valuable expertise?
If it’s the latter, then delete the words “self-employed worker” from your business vocabulary.
When you are self-employed, you’re not a worker, you are a business, period. (That’s a legal distinction, not an opinion.)
This all goes back to properly educating clients about the correct nature of the relationship.
If you set the perception that you are some kind of little worker bee, that’s exactly how they are going to think of and treat the relationship.
The first place you nip that in the bud — so that you can get more ideal clients who properly treat and understand the relationship as a business-to-business one — is through the language and
terminology you use.