Short, sweet, but important reminder for you today:
As an independent professional and business owner, clients do not “hire” or “employ” you; they “engage” you.
Using proper business terminology helps ensure clients understand (and respect) the correct nature of the relationship: one of business and client, not employer to employee.
EXTREMELY important distinction.
This understanding is critical to the success of the relationship. Where the parties do not have a meeting of the minds here, everything that follows is misaligned as well.