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Freelance Writing Jobs: Can you ever be too busy for more?

What does your current freelance writing workload look like? Do you have the time to take on a few more jobs? When it comes down to it, you need to know how much work you have on your plate at all times. Believe it or not, there may come a time when you are so busy that you have to think twice about accepting new work. If this time comes, would you have the nerve to turn down a job? Some freelance writers would say yes, whereas others have no qualms accepting as much work as they can find and then working more hours to complete the projects.

Personally, I do not like to turn down good freelance writing jobs. The keyword in that sentence is good. At this time, I have a nice workload and feel comfortable that I can service each client with a high level of quality. With that being said, I am confident that I can find time to add new clients if the job is right. On the other side of things, I do not like to add low quality or low paying work if I am near full capacity. Doing this will only bog me down, and more than likely force me to spread thin.

The way that you approach this situation depends largely on the stage of your freelance writing career. As a new freelance writer, I was willing to accept as many jobs as possible because I simply wanted to build my resume and get my foot in the door with as many clients as possible. But as time went by, I found that being more selective worked to my advantage.

Generally speaking, I will never turn down a quality freelance writing opportunity if the client and pay is right. I would much rather work longer hours than tell a quality client that I have no time for them. Remember, each job that you accept is one that can turn into more work in the future. But if you turn down a job, there is a good chance that the client will never ask you for help again.

All in all, the work that you accept depends on how many clients you currently have, the amount of time that you have available, and what you are trying to accomplish. 

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