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Being a Freelancer Is . . .

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Anyone who has struck out on their own and pursued freelance work knows what an emotional roller coaster the whole process can be. At first, it's exhilarating. You're officially a freelance writer! (Or a freelance graphic designer, web programmer, photographer, whatever.) You're freeeeee!! so you call up some friends, spend the day at the beach, stay up way too late, and consider throwing your laptop into a bonfire. You are never going to be glued to that thing again!

Then you realize that you actually have to find clients, look for gigs and, you know, work. Anxiety kicks in and you're pretty sure you'll never make it, and you've made the worst decision ever, and, and... Your whole existence pretty much fluctuates back and forth like this until you've reached some sort of balance (or you throw in the towel). For most freelancers, the good outweighs the bad, you become addicted to the freedom, and you never look back. But others find that they actually kind of hate it. 

Fellow freelancers: what is being a freelance writer like for you? Many consider it to be one of the best jobs in the world, but what actual insight can you give? I've gotten this list started with a several ideas that came to mind, but you are free to contribute and vote to your heart's delight. After you've read it, don't forget to share this with your freelance friends!
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    Stressful

    So, where is your next paycheck coming from now?
  • 2
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    Emotionally Draining

    Disgruntled clients, negative criticism, unreasonable demands... it can be tough.
  • 3
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    Really Hard Work

    Everyday I'm hustlin' ... do do do do do do do.
  • 4
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    Way More Involved Than People Think

    You're aren't just a writer/designer. You're also a bookkeeper, accountant, marketer, etc, etc. 
  • 5
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    Hectic

    When it rains, it pours!
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    Frustrating

    Why do people expect you to work for pennies and then refuse to pay you?
  • 7
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    A Tax Season Nightmare

    The IRS WILL come for you. 
  • 8
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    Not All That It's Cracked Up to Be

    In my daydreams, I worked way fewer hours and got paid way more.
  • 9
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    Disappointing

    I tried to strike out on my own but feel like now I'm doing everyone else's busy work.
  • 10
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    Exhilirating

    ... at first and after that too! You are free!
  • 11
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    Freeing

    Goodbye office and set hours!
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    Difficult to Balance With Family

    I thought I'd have more time, but really I'm always working.
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    Lonely

    I never thought I'd say this... but I kind of miss the office gossip.
  • 14
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    Way More About Marketing Than I Anticipated

    Why yes, I am the perfect person for the job. Here's why...
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    Self-Affirming

    I can be successful on my own!
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    Empowering

    You don't have to depend on anyone else for your paycheck (well... kind of).
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    Isolating

    I'm pretty sure I haven't left my apartment for three days.
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    Inspiring

    You can choose which projects you want to work on!
  • 19
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    The Best Decision I've Ever Made

    Suck it, corporate America!
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    Depressing

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    Confusing

    Where do I get health insurance? How do I pay taxes? What should my rate be??
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    Being a Hot Mess

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    Too Much Responsibility

    There's no one to blame but yourself... and it's the worst!
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    The Best Way to Achieve Work/Life Balance

    You can schedule your own time, and you can take off the whole damn summer if you want!
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    Soulless

    I am constantly selling myself. Hour by hour, project by project. 
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List Rules: Anything that could finish the sentence: "Being a freelancer is..." Do NOT mess up my sentence structure or I'll have to delete your contribution :)