Some of my time in school was also spent working on a website which led to various freelance projects, earned me jobs and speaker opportunities at conferences, built up a portfolio, published a book, and yes, made some money. It also covers some time I spent in-between degrees, which is why I started listing it on my resume (to avoid getting questions about any "gaps", and besides, LinkedIn doesn't seem to like people only having a few jobs to start).
I'd been advised in the past that listing this time on my resume -- specifically, listing myself as the "Owner" -- was a no-no because it made me look less agreeable and employable because I'd never "worked under" anyone at this point, not to mention it made me look like a "flight risk".
This advice was given to me a few years ago, so I've been listing this time as work as an "Illustrator / Writer" instead... although I'm starting to wonder the wisdom of this, especially as it was just one lady saying it, even if the lady saying so was an "expert" brought in as a guest speaker for the class one time. Plus, I now have time I spent at a company working with other people at this point, so some of her concerns are less valid than they used to be.
Is it really so bad to dub myself an Owner, and if so, what SHOULD I call my position and/or emphasize about the work I did (and still doing)?