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Three Drawbacks of Freelance Writing

After posting my April freelance writing income report, I had several people ask me how I make this career so easy. Of course, I cannot help but to laugh on the inside. Although I make a decent living through freelance writing, it is anything but easy. I usually talk about the benefits of this career path, but with that being said, you should not hide from the drawbacks.

Freelance Writing is Hard Work

Despite the fact that it may look simple on the surface, freelance writing is anything but that. I put in long hours day after day in order to earn a decent living. This does not mean that my work is no fun, but nonetheless, it is work. Luckily, if you are truly interested in this career, the work that you complete can be fun; even if there are times that are trying.

Additionally, dealing with clients can be another job in itself. When you work for a company, you are more or less responsible for one position and the tasks that go along with it. But as a freelance writer, you have to be in charge of everything from customer support to accounting to collections. And on top of all this, you need to make sure that you are getting your work done.

Not a lot of Recognition

As a freelance writer you should not expect to receive a pat on the back every time that you meet a deadline, or go above and beyond. When compared to working in the corporate world this is a major change. If you work under a boss or other management, you will more than likely be recognized from time to time for your good work. But as a freelance writer these times are few and far between. Sure, you may receive an email from a happy client, but even then this joy is only short lived. If you are looking for a career where you will receive a lot of recognition and praise, freelance writing is not one of them in most cases.

Bad Clients and Cheats are everywhere

One thing that I have learned over the past few years is that bad clients and cheats are everywhere. While this is true to a certain extent in every industry, it seems as if freelance writers are always dealing with these kinds of people. If you are not ready to deal with impossible clients, while also running into those who will try to cheat you, stay away from a career as a freelance writer. Although I do a decent job of only working with high quality clients, this is far from a guarantee. Every time that I begin to work with somebody new there is a risk that they will be difficult to get along with, etc.

As you can see, freelance writing is not all fun and games. Of course, the benefits of working in this capacity far outweigh the drawbacks. But even then, you need to be aware of the negatives that you may run into while working as a freelance writer.

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