Many people dream of becoming a freelance writer so they can be their own boss. They picture themselves sitting behind a computer typing out great articles and award-winning books. Unfortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth.
It’s A Myth
The great myth when it comes to self employment is that you are the boss. True, an entrepreneur makes his or her own hours, sets prices and doesn’t have a supervisor, but there is more to it than that.
Freelancers answer to someone … their clients.
You’re not the boss when you’re self-employed. In service businesses – and writing is a service business – freelancers must put their clients’ needs first and foremost.
As a freelancer, you must comply with your clients’ instructions even if you disagree. You must answer messages promptly, make revisions without complaint, meet deadlines, adhere to formatting guidelines and write in the client’s voice.
Now this doesn’t mean you should let clients take advantage of you. It means that each client has a particular way of doing things and to keep clients, you must learn what keeps them happy. The more clients you have, the more demands and work styles you must learn.
Even professional authors don’t get off easy. They deal with agents, editors and publishers, each of whom may have a style guide or other requirements the author must meet.
So if you have problems taking orders from your manager, you may need to rethink becoming a freelance writer. You’ll have multiple bosses to answer to when you’re self-employed and you’ll need to do it with a smile.
Have you ever operated a service business? What was your experience like?