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Taking a Sick Day as a Freelance Writer

When I work up this morning I was not feeling well. My neck was stiff, my head hurt, and my stomach was upset. Fortunately, after a few minutes of walking around I began to feel better. During this time I got to thinking about taking sick days as a freelance writer. When you work for a company you can call in sick and forget about your job for the day. Of course, this is not the same if you work as a freelance writer. Since I have so many clients it would be difficult to stay away from the computer for an entire day.

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with taking a sick day as a freelance writer. If you are not feeling well and know that you cannot do your best writing you should think about staying in bed for the time being. It is better to take the day off than it is to head for the computer and complete work that is not up to your standards.

If you are going to take a sick day make sure you are not missing any deadlines. What if I do have a deadline to meet? In this case, I would suggest either doing your best to get the work to your client on time or contacting the proper party and asking them for a one day extension. All of my clients are more than happy to give me an extra day if I have a good reason. Of course, this is not something I abuse because I strongly believe in turning in all work on time.

Freelance writers can get sick just like everybody else. If you wake up one day and realize that you are not feeling up to par, you may want to think about taking a sick day. Just make sure that your day off is not going to negatively effect your clients. 

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