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The Cost of Being a Freelance Writer

Being a writer is a cutthroat business these days. Sometimes it feels like everyone in the office is out to get you. The constant competition from colleagues, the incessant pressure from your boss, the soul crushing commute.

That’s why many writers have opted to freelance instead. No nasty colleagues, no boss breathing down your neck, no tense office environment. Just you, your laptop and your words. Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. Freelancing can be just as difficult as working at a large company, with the irregular income, lack of benefits and complete isolation. In our latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance writer talks about the struggles of being her own boss:

When there’s no boss hovering over your shoulder, and you can’t get that vision of the overflowing laundry basket out of your head, and you don’t really have any immediate deadlines, it’s difficult to stay on task. It’s taken me four years to develop my little system, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still duck away for the occasional afternoon nap or throw in the towel early to watch TV on a bad day. But like any other job, when something isn’t working, you adapt to the drawbacks and work to restore balance the best way you can.

To hear how she overcame her freelance challenges, read Balancing Your Freelance Life with Your Personal Life

Aneya Fernando

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