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Freelance Writing and working alone

As a freelance writer you are going to spend a lot of time alone. The only thing that you will see is the computer in front of you. While this may sound like a dream come true, especially for those who are escaping the politics of an office, it can become a drain from time to time. I enjoy working alone, but at times I desire outside interaction. There are many ways to deal with this loneliness before going crazy.

First things first, before you become a freelance writer you should realize that you are pretty much going to be on your own. If you are the type who needs face to face interaction with coworkers and/or clients, this may not be the career for you.

Even though being a freelance writer can get lonely, there are plenty of ways to deal with this. For example, I call my clients from time to time. Although I do not regularly meet with any of them in person, a quick phone call can go a long way in breaking up the day and making me feel like there are others around. You may find that some of your clients enjoy a nice phone conversation as much as you. This is particularly true if they also work at home alone.

Speak with other freelance writers. In addition to clients, I am always interacting with other freelancers – and not just writers. A lot of my online friends are writers, but at the same time I am always in touch with developers, designers, etc. They know what it is like to work alone, so a quick conversation here and there is something they enjoy as well. Believe it or not, there are many others in the same shoes as you.

There are times when being a freelance writer can get lonely. This is to be expected when you work alone for at least eight hours a day. That being said, I don’t believe this is a reason to stay away from freelance writing. There are many ways to cope with this potential issue.

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