As you take a spin around One Woman Shop- or other blogs, websites, or social media- you may stumble upon some words that make you say, "Huh?!" We're here to clarify some of the most common confusing terms you'll see:


One who embraces their tendency to be a generalist; one who engages in multiple projects simultaneously throughout their career. Synonyms: Renaissance (Wo)man, Polymath, Scanner. (tweet about this)


One who works on their own and runs their business single-handedly. They are solely responsible for their business, but may have contractors or other hired help, like a virtual assistant. They may or may not work with clients.


One who is self-employed and works with a variety of clients. They may or may not consider themselves a business owner.


Acting as a long-term (and often full-time) freelancer with one client or company; permalancers generally do not receive benefits. (tweet about this)

Portfolio Career

A career path built around a variety of income streams, such as part-time employment, temporary work, freelance assignments, and/or a business. (tweet about this)

Side Hustle

A part-time business, project, or venture that one works on in addition to their full-time job in order to build their skills, create a tangible offering, build their portfolio, or increase their income. (tweet about this)