What is Your Least Favorite Part of Being a Freelance Writer?

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It's always nice to remind ourselves of the perks of freelance writing, but I don't think there's a freelancer out there who wouldn't admit that it has its downsides as well. So I'd like to put the question out there today - what's your least favorite aspect of being a freelance writer?

Here's mine:

Recordkeeping

I used to love accounting and everything related to it. But when it comes to freelancing, I can't stand it. I'm admittedly one of the worst when it comes to keeping records - I can't claim deductions for things I should be able to (and haven't really cared), because I simply lose things.

My client files are pretty meticulous. But receipts and such.... nah. That part of the administrative side of freelancing is the worst for me. I've learned the hard way to get better about it though - I keep much more than I used to. One of these days I'll finally finish setting up a new accounting system for the business (hopefully by the first of next year), and maybe I should tack a new filing system goal onto my list.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.


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10 Comments

  1. Isaac November 14, 2008 Reply

    Fast-approaching deadlines. Actually, don’t all deadlines approach too quickly?

  2. Claire McCarthy November 14, 2008 Reply

    For me it’s the feeling of being in endless ‘interview’ mode – the constant necessity to get that new client. I’m good at selling myself in words, but a bit reluctant when it’s face to face!

    That’s why I love online networking :o)

  3. LS November 14, 2008 Reply

    Marketing, marketing, marketing. I can’t stand it. To be successful it’s necessary to some degree, but I find the whole process distasteful.

  4. Susan November 15, 2008 Reply

    For me it’s the severe highs and lows. I’ll go from being super busy or on a project high to dribbles of work. I try to take advantage of both and express gratitude for it, but it can be tough.

  5. LaToya Irby November 15, 2008 Reply

    Accounting is pretty hard to keep up with, especially when you have multiple income streams to keep up with.

    I have to agree with LS that marketing is my least favorite part. Responding to job ads isn’t so bad, but figuring out how to approach “cold” and “warm” prospects isn’t so easy. The constant putting yourself out there is a little taxing and time-consuming. When it pays off, though, you’ll get no complaints from me.

  6. Anne Wayman November 17, 2008 Reply

    The ups and downs in income… I love those periods when I have a big project that pays monthly or some such.

    Savings turns out to be my answer to this.

    Anne Wayman, now blogging at www.aboutfreelancewriting.com

  7. Sue LaPointe November 17, 2008 Reply

    By far, the accounting end of things. Even with a bookkeeper/CPA… still hate it!

  8. Meryl K. Evans November 17, 2008 Reply

    When someone prefers a phone interview to an email interview. Not lazy — but making phone calls through a relay service takes too much out of the equation and I don’t feel in charge of the interview.

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