Ever wondered how the word Freelance came about. Nowadays you might even be familiar with “elance” – a site which provides projects to bidders or job workers online.
It has an interesting root.
In the medieval ages men had very few career choices . And, there was no clear demarcation as such.A farmer in the off season might be fighting under the banner of his knight and once the battle got over- he went back to his farming.
So most of these medeival age men in Europe and even elsewhere if they were even reasonably fit spent a few prime years of their fighting- before they settled down. Crusades was a major employer of these able bodied men. Most young men fought under various legions and banners – for the crusades.
But, once the crusades were won these legions got disbanded. That left a lot of well trained and experienced young men with no war to fight and no army to begin with. So they were called – You guessed it right – they were called the Freelances.
In due course the term Freelance evolved to its current meaning which is – someone not under contract for regular work – but, whose services are sold to individual buyers.
When and how this came about can possibly be the topic for another post.