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By Amanda Layman Low -
August 5, 2013
So, you want to be a freelance writer, huh? It looks really glamorous with little-known writers getting a bajillion views for their work on Huffington Post, or gaining overnight success with a single viral article or hilarious concept. With the explosion of the Web, freelance writing appears to be a quick and easy way to write about whatever you want for whoever you want, all from the comfort of your own home.
Freelancing is tough. I've done it for just three years now, and I've endured late payments, broken contracts and nail-biting periods of time with little or no food in the fridge. So, if you really want to do this, better be prepared. Here are four things you absolutely must do before you even think of putting fingers to keypad.
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