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Don’t make Trouble for your Freelance Writing Career

It is hard enough to run a successful freelance writing career without getting in your own way. Time after time freelancers make trouble for themselves. Why would you want to do this? Unfortunately, one bad decision could lead you down the wrong path without you even knowing it.

Here are three ways to avoid making additional trouble for your freelance writing career:

1. Don’t miss deadlines. If you want to make a client mad all you have to do is miss a deadline. This is the quickest way to make trouble. If you agree to a deadline you should do whatever it takes to meet it.

2. Chart your income and expenses. Now that you don’t work for a company you are 100 percent in charge of your books. It is very important that you accurately track both your income and expenses. This will make it easy on you when it comes time to pay your quarterly taxes and file your final return.

3. Don’t take on too much work. This may sound silly, but it is a big problem for many freelance writers. A lot of work is a good thing. Too much work can lead to many problems including missed deadlines (see number one above), burnout, and confusion. Know your limits and don’t take on more than you can handle.

Have you ever run into any of these problems? In the past I have dealt with all three of these situations. Simply put, you don’t want to make any additional trouble for yourself.

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