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Overflow Work can lead to Additional Hours

One of the main drawbacks of being a freelance writer is that you are the sole person in charge of your business. This means that if you don’t do the work it doesn’t get done. For this reason, there are sure to be times when you have to work additional hours. Even though you may do your best to set your schedule and only take on the work you can complete, things do not always work out as planned.

You never know when a client will want a project completed on short notice, or you land a couple new gigs when you weren’t expecting to do so. When this happens to me, I almost always end up working additional hours in the evening. In some cases, although extreme, I even find myself at the computer on weekends. Again, you want to do your best to avoid this but in some situations it is simply not possible.

Do you turn down projects so you don’t have to work additional hours? While I know freelance writers who do this, it is not a practice that I believe in. If a client I have worked with in the past has a rush job, I do my best to accommodate all their needs – no matter what they may be. Of course, I do so within reason. There is only so much you can do for your clients, but remember one thing: customer service is a big deal. If you help somebody out of a bind you can be rest assured that they will remember this for a long time.

When you decide to become a freelance writer you are taking on a lot of responsibility. You are the only person in charge of making your business a success. In some cases this means working additional hours. Does this bother you? Or are you the type of person who will put in extra time for extra money?

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