So, I just came across this line in a Craig's List post:
"This is a non paying job, I am not getting paid either. Strictly freelance."
Clearly this person seems to think that freelance = free. It got me thinking, perhaps we ought to take the word 'free' out. It seems only to encourage those who are reticent about paying for work in the first place. Is there a better term for someone who doesn't work for anyone in particular?