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    I bill myself as a freelancer, and have different business cards for different purposes, so I just have 'Freelance XYZ' on each card.

    Back when I was part of a Ltd Company, I had Director. Before that company went Ltd, I was a 'Manager'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beley View Post
    I don't have a title on my business cards... not really a need for it in my opinion.
    I totally agree, go with no title. I also think it's sad when there's a 1 or 2 man show and somebody is the "President & CEO". Nobody cares about your title, now get back to work .

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    Proprietor Director (official title i suppose since its Ltd company, put on few bank applications)

    Sys Admin (better describes my role)

    Chief Technical Monkey Slave (how i explain my job in a pub conversation)

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    WTH, For the past two years I have the same question haunting my mind. Sometimes I get an urge to print a business card but when the question what the hell should I call myself here comes I get too confused and skip the card IDEA. Still surfing through 27 responses I have not got a clue...So am i doing something in this world which can be shown or said to others...

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    @Arvind_Reloaded: Dude, get your act together. Just leave the space open if it bothers you so much. But get those cards printed and start spreading them. ;-)

    If you leave it open, people might ask what you do. Eeeexcellent opportunity to market yourself and your skills.
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    I have CEO now, but in the future I'll only ever use Founder. Ultimately a title should be used for three reasons:

    1. So people know you have the authority to get **** done
    2. So when you call companies you go as high up the food chain as possible
    3. As a marketing technique, to generate interest or conversation

    And, to me, those are in order. The primary purpose of a title for someone who owns their own business is to convey authority. It's the same reason sales folk want Account Executive over Account Manager, or Sales Director instead of Sales Manager. Anything that makes them sound slightly higher up the totem pole makes closing the sale that much easier.

    #2 is basically related.

    #3 is what the whole "chief bottle washer" thing stems from... however you need to actually carry the humble title with humility and class, otherwise it's actually false humility... which doesn't look good on anybody.

    Ultimately Founder means you can one day hire a CEO, gives you the clout that's necessary and is a conversation starter.

    There's no reason anyone needs any other title, unless they're trying to impress people (in my humble opinion, but feel free to disagree).

    In future companies, I'll only ever use Founder - unless I'm hired as a professional CEO after the fact - in which case, having the CEO title makes your job easier.
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    I used to hate forms that required a title field. Nothing seemed quite right as owner of my own business.

    These days I use "Impossibility Remediation Specialist." It's actually a reasonably good description of what I do, it's funny, and I can back it up.

    I suppose it might actually lose me some work from people with no sense of humor, but I consider that a good thing. Those are not the clients I'm looking for.

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    I find being honest is not a bad choice.

    I have my name and underneath it I put "IT Consultant" which is what I am. I can pretty much do any type of work programmatically/graphically!

    It's a fitting title if I must say so!

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    CEO really implies a large organization. I recommend Founder or just have a business card with contact info, company name and no title.

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    I do not put a title on my business cards even though I would consider myself a "Managing Partner".

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    Is there any issue writing these arbitrarily chosen titles on something like a bank account application, though?

    Say you have an LLC, do you legally hold any title other than "member" if you never officially held a meeting (with yourself if it's a single member company) and took minutes appointing yourself to some other title?

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    At some point in the near future I'll be launching my career as a freelance web designer and registering my business website as a small business in the UK. So on my business card, it's likely to be my name, Founder and then my actual job title i.e. Web Designer, and then the name of my business followed by the URL of my business website.

    So then potential clients will know I own the business, and they will know what my actual job is i.e. designing websites.

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    I use CAO - Chief administrative officer but hate to mention it. I avoid using it wherever possible.. Just My Name with the Business Name in the Business Cards.

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    As it is a consulting business, I've used "Principal Consultant" on mine. Maybe not the most cool or clever solution, but it works for me.

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    Have him go to a professional resume writer, or don't admit to being an owner, just an employee of the former company that happened to have the same name and be humble, not bitter.

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    I put "Daddy"

    Or

    I just put Web Administrator.
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    Well, i was also confused, when i started my freelance webdesign, bt later i found a good one, which really attractive

    i put Consultant/Designer web & graphic, so as u can put consultant first & putwhat ever you want after a slash, so how ever you r consulting the client for your business, and it doesnt bother if u r a ceo or any...

    irshad.

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    If it's not a formally structured entity, then use 'Principal'. Then name your business in an informal way so as to indicate you are a sole trader. Like "Your Name Internet".

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    When we had our new business cards done the designers suggested that we have a bit of fun with the titles (we're a two man business (actually one man and one women)).

    Since I'm the technical guy that does all the coding, my title is "Resident Guru".

    My partner, the graphic artist, is "Chief of Staff". She's also the bosy one, so this fits in well. People that know us find this quite funny...

    Most people find this amusing

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    I am everyody.....!

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    Glad I stopped by here.

    As was said above, I have found that putting "owner" gives (potential) clients a nice warm and fuzzy feeling, like they're getting some special attention.

    Our current cards just have both our names on them (we have a partnership). And I tell people I'm a co-owner.

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    I have not used a business card for about 10 years.
    However, this kind of question still comes up.
    I still need job title. For e.g., what do you say when you have to state your occupation on an official form?

    Some of us - I bet there are plenty on this forum - don't have a job description that matches any category listed on official forms.

    The answer is simple.
    For about 20 years now the official forms list me as either:
    1: Shiftless Layabout
    or
    2. Idle Dreamer

    In fact, I believe I'm really a self-employed, freelance, virtual assistant. I have been that for about 15 years, made a decent living and supported a very large family.

    People on this forum will know what that job description could mean or imply (i.e. we can do some things on the computer, make web sites, databases etc., and we have some customers that pay for it...) - but try telling that to an Official Form.

    You might as well tell them you're a Unicorn Hunter or Ambassador to Fairyland.

    I must send my compliments to other posters here that have chosen excellent job titles such as "Impossibility Remediation Specialist" and "Lard of the Web".

    I'm so jealous: I wanted to be the Lard of the Web - I bet I'm a lot fatter than you and therefore more deserving of the title.

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    Managing Director, though that does suggest a PLC when it may not necessarily be one. Sounds good though!

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    I don't have any business.. But I know what does the business owners Call their selves it may be President, a businessman, CEO or Director..

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    I simply put "Chair"


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