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What Are The Downsides of Freelancing?

Journalism is an ever-changing profession and at the moment, freelancing is having a surge popularity. A quality piece of freelance writing is a hot commodity, but it better be meticulously researched, well executed and an all-around engaging read.

In theory, freelancing sounds great. You have flexible hours, you can work from home, you can spend more time with loved ones. But there are plenty of downsides too, like an unpredictable income, no benefits whatsoever and the isolation of working alone. In our latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance writer talks about the struggles of separating her work and home life:

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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Lessons in Freelancing: What to Do When You’re Stiffed on Payment

Small Claims Court

Ever had to wrangle a paycheck from a publication, or worry that hounding them for your money will make you seem “difficult”?

What can you do when a publisher fails to pay for work that you’ve already done? Is it worth it to take the magazine to small claims court? In the latest Mediabistro feature, one writer shares her story of being stiffed on payment for over a year:

I was writing almost monthly, sometimes for multiple departments in one issue because [my editor] passed my name on to other editors. I covered news, spirituality and relationships, sometimes pitching, sometimes taking assignments. And, during the course of all these interactions, I built friendly working relationships.

There was no indication in those initial months, then years, that I would eventually be plotting to Spiderman crawl up the walls of their corporate office building just to get my money.

For the rest of her story, read: Lessons in Freelancing: What to Do When Stiffed on Payment.

Sherry Yuan

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Humor (and Impress) Editors at Cincinnati

Cincinnati In addition to publishing keen narratives, editors at Cincinnati have an eye for good humor as well. Although the city itself was once dubbed “Porkopolis” for its history of hog butchering, the mag tapped a freelancer to cover local officials’ attempts to stem damage caused by feral hogs terrorizing a nearby county. How horrific.

Since it was founded in the late 60s, the regional mag has proved it can play with the big boys. Feature in point: Kathy Y. Wilson‘s article on local conservative radio host Bill Cunningham earned the pub a 2007 nomination for a National Magazine Award alongside profiles from National Geographic, New York magazine, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

Now the mag is looking for fresh (skip the hog) meat from journos with an “engaging, unique voice,” executive editor Linda Vaccariello said.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Cincinnati.

Sherry Yuan

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