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The Ups and Downs of Freelance Writing

As a freelance writer, you need to be programmed to “go with the flow.” There are times when business will be booming, and times when you will have a hard time drumming up new clients. The way that you deal with the ups and downs of the freelance writing industry will determine how much success you have. As a general rule of thumb, you should never get too high when things are going good, and on the same token, never get too low when things are going bad.

If you are quick to get down on yourself, you may find yourself changing careers the first time that the freelance writing industry throws you a curve. Giving up is never going to get you to where you want to be. Sure, it can be difficult to get through times when there seems to be no work, or clients are holding back payment, but every successful freelance writer has to deal with this from time to time. Simply put, this is not a career path that is going to be easy going and steady day in and day out.

On the other side of things, you never want to get too excited when you are having a good month. There are some months when I earn in excess of $7k and others when I only earn $4,500. While it is always nice to earn as much as possible, I always keep in mind that this will change from month to month. Simply put, you should be proud of yourself when going through good times, but never get caught thinking that things will never change.

Being a freelance writer is like riding a roller coaster. You will be up one day, down the next, and somewhere in between by the end of the week. The way that you deal with these fluctuations has a lot to do with how successful you become. There are many benefits of being a freelance writer. You can make a lot of money, work from home, and control your own business. But always keep in mind that this is not a steady career by any stretch of the imagination. 

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