What's the best way to handle "self-employed" on LinkedIn?

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I'm a successful independent consultant, but I can't put this down as my "current position" on LinkedIn because I don't have a "company name." This is, however, my current position in the sense that it has a definite start date, and there are projects, clients and accomplishments I would like to highlight in the description. In other words, I don't want to put the details of this position down in my overall profile summary.

What is the best way to handle this scenario on LinkedIn?
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Shawn Smith

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  • surprised LinkedIn doesn't have an obvious way to do this

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Jorge Avila

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In that case, you're your own company, start building your name!...
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Seriously-- if you are accepting money, you are doing so under a name. It might be Smith consulting, LLC, or Shawn Smith Consulting, Sole propiratership or even just Shawn SMith (though I admit Shawn Smith consulting looks better on Linkedin as well as on checks. Then again, what check looks bad?)
In the state of California you don't have to formally register your business if your name is in it... check out my profile: Wodtke Consulting is a sole prop and perfectly cricket for both LinkedIn and the State of California, with no fancy paperwork.
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I agree that this is a flaw. Even if you are doing so under your own name,
"Consultant at Glenn" is a syntactic disaster. I hope they create a fix for this.
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Hummm... I ́m a self employed too Shawn, and came to get a DBA (Doing Business As... ) as CycleNetworks some time ago. Since then, it ́s not my name that I use but CycleNetworks as a Sole Proprietorship. Nobody seems to be interested if it ́s a company or it ́s me, but I definitely feel good. I even designed my own logo and corporate identity. Take a look at this:

Find me on LinkedIn as Virgilio Cantu.
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I have the same problem. I've been doing business under my own name as an independent consultant for more than a decade, and that's worked just fine... except for the fact that there's no reasonable way to state my "Company" and "Position" on LinkedIn. This should really be considered a bug on LinkedIn. Hope it can finally be fixed!
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Yet another one. I join the petition to allow leaving blank the Company field.
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I agree. My current job title says: "iOS Developer at Freelance" which is horrendous. Fix this please!
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I, however, was not happy listing my DBA name in the Company field, because the brand is ME, not my DBA name (of which nobody has ever heard). Also, listing a the DBA name there creates an impression that you have a freelance contract with that company at the moment and are not looking for new gigs.

Here is how i handled it:

In the Company field, I entered "various companies", so it now says:

In the Description field, I specified the companies:
"Representative clients:
Ontotext, www.ontotext.com
Verasoft, www.verasoft.com
IRM, www.i-r-m.com
Wiley Publishing, www.wiley.com"

Not an elegant solution, but closer to reality.

Hope this helps,

P.S. You can view my LinkedIn profile at:
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Simon McAndrew

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I try to get my head round LinkedIn on a regular basis.
Tend to my profile is obviously the first thing I need to
And for the reasons highlighted above my continual reaction to LinkedIn is
"Ah well, I'll go back in another 6 months and see if they've sorted this problem out"
But its always the same.

Hello? Anybody from Linked In got any suggestions about a workaround?