That’s right, I QUIT!
I’ve had it with folks offering me $5 to write a 500-word article.
I’m through checking my email every half hour to see if I got a response to an application I submitted.
I’m sick of agonizing over private clients who pay writers when they get around to it.
I’m sick of stressing over finding new clients so I don’t have to go back to a full-time day job.
I’m done with ALL of it! Getting my hopes up when I apply for a writing gig, then feeling deflated when I get no reply. Getting excited about a gig only to discover it pays third-world wages. Planning my bill payment schedule around money I’m owed for a writing gig–and the money comes late!
I’m going to apply for writing gigs that meet my requirements and then forget about it. I’ll give it a week or two and then send a follow-up email to the potential client. If they don’t reply, then the gig simply wasn’t meant for me. No more obsessively glancing at my inbox all day.
Opportunities offering a few dollars to write a 500-word article won’t get a second glance unless the only requirement is to type the words, “Hell no” until the word count is at least 500 words.
I’ll use content mills as a safety net to carry me over until my tardy clients (finally) pay me. No more banking most of my entire budget on one or two clients to come through. Eventually I’ll have enough clients to retire the content mills to the back burner–perhaps for good.
I’ve always believed that God places you exactly where you’re meant to be in your life. I lost my job for a reason. I found myself browsing writer job boards for a reason. I applied to and got all of my current online and private clients for a reason. Everything I’ve endured up to this moment is part of a bigger plan that God is orchestrating. I have to trust that He knows what He’s doing.
P.S: You didn’t really think I was giving up freelance writing, did you? 😉