Someone just sent me an email that contained the phrase "I'm having a freelance contract sent to you". It's someone I don't even know, except through faking my writing skills, so I think it's a real offer and not a gesture made out of pity. Now, when people ask me what I'm doing, I can say "I'm doing some freelance food writing for a new glossy". (I'll also be scrubbing toilets for minimum wage somewhere, but whatever.)
I am this close to having business cards made up.