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What does freelance mean on tinder?

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As someone who had the phrase ‘don’t talk to strangers’ drilled into me from the time I could talk, the idea of dating strangers I’d met online seemed a bit dodgy to be quite honest.

So, I put off downloading the app for ages.

When it got to the stage, however, that every one of my friends had tried and tested Tinder without incident and I was sick of being asked when I too would join, I cautiously decided to give it a go.

My first impressions were how similar it was to job sites and the recruitment process. At the end of the day, they share the same goal - finding the perfect match!

I mean think about it, what’s the first thing people do when they download a dating app?

They upload a few pictures that show them in their best light, and create a couple of zingy one liners for their bio.

Setting up a profile on a freelance jobs site is much the same, right? You choose your best work to include in the portfolio section and add the most relevant and interesting information about yourself, your work and your experience in the bio.

Both dating app and job site profiles are curated in such a way that maximises a person's chances of getting noticed. If a potential partner or employer doesn't find your profile immediately engaging, they’ll quickly swipe by or scroll past you.

Another similarity I noticed between online dating and the recruitment space, is that the first date or project you embark on can make or break your relationship, and in turn your potential future with a respective person or employer.

Whether you like it or not, first impressions are everything and showing respect is a biggie when it comes to both first dates and new freelance projects. How you treat someone and behave in their company (whether that be online or offline these days!) says a lot about you.

Think about a first date. One party arrives very late, spends the date checking and replying to messages on their phone and constantly talks over the other person. There’s not much respect shown here and it’s therefore quite likely that a second date is off the cards.

Similar situations can occur during a freelancer’s first project with a new client. They’re late to meetings, they treat the project impassionately, they continuously talk down ideas that the client puts forward. There’s clearly no respect shown here.

Freelancers who get repeat work from clients do so because their relationship is based on mutual understanding and respect. If these characteristics aren’t shown by a freelancer from the get go, they shouldn’t expect to receive more work from the client in the future.

It’s also fair to say there’s an element of luck involved in both online dating and landing freelance jobs. While someone’s dating profile might look really impressive, they might have really bad habits that you simply can’t stand on your first date (slurping their coffee, burping out loud without apology, the list goes on). In the case of recruitment, a freelancer who has an amazing portfolio and vast experience, might have a terrible attitude and be a nightmare to work with.

Finally, anyone who's ever used online dating apps will tell you that it can take time to find someone they actually click with. I mean, it can take a while to find someone who seems worth a swipe right in the first place, let alone someone you’d actually like to meet in person.

The same goes when applying for freelance jobs. It takes time, effort, personalisation and determination to land new freelance projects. After all, the client wants to make sure you not only fit their job description, but also get along and work effectively with the rest of the team.

Dating apps and job sites are very similar entities which many of us avail of on a regular basis.

Both encourage users to present themselves in the best possible light and matches made in both spaces often bode well when respect is shown during initial online or offline interactions.

Iqbalnath Raju
Answer # 2 #

Morgan Mandriota is a freelance writer at hawk + pearl and contributing writer to writes for, but she does put her job title on her Bumble and Tinder profiles.

Rohan Chandra
Occupational Safety & Health Inspector
Answer # 3 #

Freelance just means fired. r/Tinder - Freelance just means fired. Actually most strippers are freelance or self-employed, they just dance for tips"Someone please explain what these secret codes mean""Tinder on Thailand is on a whole other level: Thailand - Reddit

Kevin Vohra
Human Resources Management Advisor
Answer # 4 #

Here's What Those Job Euphemisms On Dating Apps Actually Mean We've all come across a “CEO at self-employed” (What does that even mean? I've never once messaged a girl on Tinder and been like, how's life as a

Kimaya Padmanabhan
Deaf Students Teacher
Answer # 5 #

How does Tinder work? What is it used for? And how do you use this dating app to find love? We've got all the details. Click to find out more."Missing: freelance | Must include: freelance

Yash Sood
Master's in Economics & Chinese (language), University of California, San Diego
Answer # 6 #

What Is Freelancing? A Basic Definition. Essentially, a freelance job is one where a person works for themselves, rather than for a company."Missing: tinder? | Must include: tinder?

Rohan Chandra
Occupational Safety & Health Inspector
Answer # 7 #

Curious about freelancing? Learn what freelancing means, the benefits and risks involved, and how you can get started today."Missing: tinder? | Must include: tinder?

Parv Verma
Hotel Manager
Answer # 8 #

After quizzing . Alex Sirois is a freelance contributor to InvestorPlace whose personal stock

Rebecca More
Urban and Regional Planner
Answer # 9 #

When you think about it, dating is the “freelancing” of romance. It’s for people who are looking for variety, who either don’t really want to settle down yet – or who are still looking for that perfect fit. Check out our ten similarities below… and how the eerie parallels inform both!

1. Playing the field is fun, but exhausting

You entrepreneurial Don Juan, you.

When you’re working as a freelancer, some part of you is always on the lookout for a better gig. With each new contact, comes new potential… and new negotiation about expectations. It can be exciting to jump from prospect to prospect – but it’s also remarkably time-consuming and enervating. Unseen surprises are waiting to surface with every client: sometimes good, sometimes hair-raisingly bad.

2. You shouldn’t commit until they do

Nothing is more bewitching than the first flush of romance. But don’t throw out that little black book on a whim – give it a little bit of time first.

It can be tempting to block out big chunks of your calendar for every prospective client; to start building freelance castles in the air and adding wildly optimistic figures to your budget. But every seasoned freelancer has horror stories of dream clients that promised the moon – and then suddenly disappeared. Don’t fully commit yourself until you know it’s the real deal… and that means a signed contract.

3. You’ll find a lot of mismatches and false starts

The description of the gig looked great. You sent in your resume and a few samples – and they replied enthusiastically, with one little catch: right now, they’re not actually, uh, offering pay? But it’s great exposure!

Back to the drawing board, freelance friend. You’ll find the One someday.

4. When it’s a great fit, you’ll know

Sometimes, it just seems like destiny.

The clients who give you interesting, engaging work; who want to develop long-term relationships with you; who pay well (and on time) – eventually, you’ll find them. And when you do, you’ll want to lock those suckers down… because true freelance love is hard to find.

5. Nothing is ever set in stone

So you recently found that Perfect Client. You’ve only been working together a little while, but everything seems to be running smoothly! Time to sit back on your laurels and start picking out wallpaper for your new office!

Unfortunately, even if you feel like you’re ready to put a freelance ring on it, given circumstances can change quickly. Projects lose funding, departments re-organize, supervisors want to switch directions. This isn’t to say that you should never, ever relax; it is an argument for valuing what you have in the moment, and for checking in with that client often… making sure your relationship stays strong. Perhaps you can even discuss what the future may hold, and ensure you’re on the same page?

Also, even though you’re excited – keep that resume and portfolio up-to-date; that’s the dating equivalent of continuing to develop as an individual, whether or not you’re in a new relationship. The happier and more stable you are, the happier your client will be – and you won’t be left desperate and flailing even if you have to part ways.

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6. You should be very wary of Too Good to Be True

Are they offering you twice your usual rate, while working flexibly? Do they promise the work will be easy and effortless? Do they insist that you don’t really need a written agreement, because it will all just run soooo smoothly?

And while they’re at it, hey, could they just get your bank account information?

Be careful of new clients who seem too good to be true, especially if they’ve popped up out of the blue and try to sweep you off your feet. You may just be dealing with a con artist – the professional equivalent of the compulsive liar with two families on opposite ends of town. Get any terms in writing, and proceed cautiously.

7. You shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep

You, dear freelancer, are just as capable of breaking hearts and frustrating expectations as your clients are.

Don’t make commitments you can’t keep; you don’t do anyone a favor when you miss deadlines or do slipshod work. Know thyself, and don’t string clients along with overly optimistic promises about your availability or productivity.

It’s normal to encounter little challenges, or realize that you want to choose a different path; just make sure you openly communicate your needs as they change. Deal with others fairly – because you want to be treated fairly yourself.

8. Sometimes people will just disappear

That interview seemed to go so well! They laughed at all your jokes! They ooh-ed and aah-ed over your portfolio! You even hugged at the end!


Endlessly obsessing about the Client that Got Away is an exercise in self-abasement. If you really thought that you missed a connection, you may send one – yes, ONE – friendly little query after a meeting with said client. The ball is thereafter in their court; if they never contact you again, chalk it up to fate and move on. Pint of consolatory ice cream is optional.

9. Loving yourself is the most important thing

The most obliging clients and best gigs in the world won’t make you happy if you don’t fundamentally enjoy what you do – if it doesn’t give you fulfillment. Do you like your work – and, just as importantly, do you enjoy most of the process of working? Keep relentlessly pursuing what you want and growing, and eventually those perfect gigs will fall into place. When you least expect it, the perfect opportunity will come to you – and you’ll be ready for it.


Life is too short to waste much time. Frittering away precious years with people you’re lukewarm about, doing the things that you hate is a great to become old before your time. That’s how bitter, jaded, depressed misanthrope are made.

You don’t do anyone favors by settling for them – whether they’re romantic prospects that you’re “meh” about or clients that you’re doing half-hearted work for. Giving up does everyone a disservice… yourself most of all. If you find yourself unhappy, unsatisfied, and uninspired, take an honest look at yourself and then your surroundings. Is it time to find something that challenges you to grow, that makes you really happy and strong, that builds you up instead of breaks you down?

Don’t ever settle. Shoot for the goal that makes you the best person you can be. And if your current situation doesn’t have the potential to realize your dreams… well, there are plenty of freelance fish in the sea!

Janica Mazic