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Freelance Writers and taking an unexpected day off

Just like many freelance writers, I had every intention of working on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, I got very sick and it was soon obvious that getting any work done was going to be next to impossible. This does not happen to me very often, but I learned once again that you never know what can up and how it will change your schedule.

There is nothing wrong with taking a day off as a freelance writer, even if it is not planned. Just like any other job, you need to be willing to take time off if you are sick. If I would have worked on Christmas Even two things would have happened: 1. I would have worsened my situation and prolonged my illness. 2. My work would have greatly suffered. With both of these details it is easy to see that nobody was going to benefit in the long run.

One of the biggest benefits of being a freelancer is that you can take off when you want and work the schedule that you set, for the most part. Although I had to take time away when I wanted to work, there was no “calling off” or having a boss mad at me. Instead, I will simply catch up this week and all will be good.

Freelance writers get sick too! If something unexpectedly comes up and you need to take a day off, so be it. You may have to work hard in the days to come to get back on track, but this is much better than putting your health at risk while also jeopardizing the quality of your work. 

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