Freelance Writing Life

  • "Get a Real Job" and Other Freelance Buzz Kills

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 9, 2014
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    Ah, the joys of working as a freelance writer. You get to work from home, spend the day in your pajamas, have no boss looking over your shoulder, watch soaps in the middle of the afternoon, run errands whenever you feel like it, and to top it off everybody respects you. Yeah. And then you wake up. It's funny how […]
  • Looking After Your Health While Working From Home

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 12, 2014
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    I've had a rough couple of days this week. It started Sunday night. Between now and then I've had restless nights, fluttering feelings, a bit of lightheadedness, and a variety of other symptoms. By Monday morning I was imagining the worst. My husband worked from home that day just in case I decided to go into the hospital to get […]
  • Working Weekends

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 2, 2014
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    This feels about right on a working weekend (preparing just in case we lose power in tomorrow's big snow storm). This is from Yo Prinzel at ProfitableFreelancer.com. Visit her post if you'd like to share it with your readers. Credit: Profitable Freelancer--Freelancing is out--profitlancing is in
  • Why I Love Freelancing: Reminders

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 3, 2014
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    As the day quickly passes by, I realize that I've spent most of it staring out the two huge windows that sit in front of my desk. The snow has been falling since the early morning hours, and I've watched it go from a dusting to at least half a foot so far. I love watching the snow fall. It's […]
  • The Greatest Things About This Freelancing Gig

    By Rebecca Garland on April 25, 2013
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    I’m a teacher. I chose to be a teacher, and I continue to teach because I enjoy the challenge and the rewards of the profession. But there are always downsides, and in this season of assessment testing and stress, I was thinking today about my other job. I’m a freelance writer. I chose to start writing and to continue this […]
  • Shifting Schedules (Again): How to Tell When It’s Time

    By Rebecca Garland on April 11, 2013
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    As any work-at-home parent knows, your schedule is at the mercy of your family. The exception might be those who have a babysitter or daycare lined up, but for most of us, we have to plug along as best with we can with holidays, changing sleep schedules, summer vacations and the rest of it. Over the almost eight years I've […]
  • Weekend Reading: Your Home Office

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 1, 2013
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    One of the biggest perks of freelancing is being able to work from home. And that often involves a home office of some kind -- from a separate room to a corner of the kitchen table. This week we're going to take a look at tips and examples of home offices for freelance writers, and tips on keeping that home […]
  • Working from Home? You Might as Well Be Your Own Boss!

    By Rebecca Garland on February 28, 2013
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    Yahoo recently announced that all of its remote workers must either find their way back into an office or they should quit. Legalities and unemployment eligibility aside, this may very well mark a turning point for those of us who choose to work at home - that is, those of us who are at the whim of an employer. Stable […]
  • 3 Cardinal Rules of Working with Kids at Home

    By Rebecca Garland on February 14, 2013
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    There is not much easy about our job unless you compare it to something like digging ditches or building a skyscraper. But that at least wears out your body rather than your mind. At the end of a day wrestling obligations to kids and careers, my brain is tired. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels mentally split […]
  • What We Can Learn from WAHM Writers

    By Rebecca Garland on January 31, 2013
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    We all know that the work-at-home-mom (WAHM) writers aren't considered the upper echelon of the writing community. If you didn't know that, you've never read about the cost-savings to be had by tricking desperate WAHMs into providing ultra cheap articles in a particular forum’s Special Offers. Well, as a few of us here can tell you, having children and enjoying a professional writing career are certainly […]