What is my job?
I wrote this post a while back. The content can still be relevant but the information I've linked to may not be available.
In recent months, I seem to have spent a lot of time managing and updating various clients' ecommerce websites. That's great, you say. Steady work. For a freelancer, the nirvana of regular work is hard to beat. On the other hand, I have started wondering what my job really is because a substantial proportion of the work has involved the addition of product information via an ecommerce administration control panel. Although, I get paid the same rate for this type of work as anything else, it is perhaps not as exciting as getting a new website designed.
I am not too unhappy with this state of affairs because the situation was different a few months ago. I suspect I am just going through a period where various coincidences have resulted in a higher proportion of the ecommerce administration type of work. However, it has emphasized the variety of work that I tackle throughout the year and caused me to think about my job. When people ask me what I do, it's tempting to say 'websites for small businesses' or 'web designer' or 'front-end coder'. In reality, it is all of those and few other things thrown in besides….!