We all know that one of the biggest benefits of freelance writing is the freedom it provides. We get to set our own hours. We choose our work days. We don't have to ask for permission to take a day off when we need one. And we can work wherever and however we please. Better yet, we don't have to stick to a single routine. We have the freedom to be flexible from one day to the next.
Having that freelance freedom is a wonderful thing. But it can also be taken for granted. So today let's make sure we aren't doing that. Let's share some of the specific things we actually do with the freedom freelance writing gives us. These are the things we might otherwise miss out on.
Here are some of the things I do with my own freelance-related freedom.
- I can work in the vegetable garden during early morning hours all week long instead of waiting until the hotter afternoon hours.
- I can spend time with our new dog, training her and playing with her on and off during the day so she isn't stuck in a crate waiting for someone to come home from work.
- I can take care of work around the house (like recently building and installing some office shelves) when I actually have the energy to do it. I don't come home feeling tapped after a day in the office coupled with a commute.
- I can hop in the pool or just work outside (assuming my one lousy neighbor isn't causing a racket). Sometimes that break allows me to unwind just enough to get back into work more productively.
- I can listen to NPR, music, or whatever I want without worrying that I'm disturbing other people in the office.
- I can go away for a long weekend any time I want because I don't work Fridays (although now we do have to run it by my husband's employer for him to go with me).
Those are just a few examples. And they're the little things that make life that much more enjoyable when working independently. What about you? What do you do with your freelance freedom?
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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