I am updating and re-posting this piece from a couple of years ago, since a new friend just mentioned how "fun" it must be to work for myself. The reason I'm re-posting this is I'm too busy to think, much less write, much less write a blog post--lots of manuscripts stacked up on my desk and I'm happy happy happy to be so busy--hasta!
When I tell people that I'm a freelance editor, people always say "How cool--that must be fun!" and of course, it is--but there are good and not-so-good points about working for yourself...
Most all authors are freelancers, even if they have a "day job" because they are not usually getting paid to write (not as they write, that is--hopefully, they do get paid, but usually months or even years later).
Here are just a few of the Pros and Cons of Freelancing:
Pro: You make your own schedule (plenty of time to read).
Con: You can easily feel guilty if you are not working (never enough time to read for FUN).
Pro: You're your own boss (no one to tell you what to do).
Con: You have to motivate yourself--and on some (sunny) days that is really difficult to do.
Pro: You set your own rates and can ask for what you feel your skills are truly worth.
Con: You don't get a weekly paycheck. (Sometimes more than a few weeks go by!)
Pro: You can work from home (in your pajamas, even; I don't because I feel better when I am "dressed for work")
Con: Your home is your office and your job never really stops.
Pro: Your job is your life and it's fun!
Feel free to add to the list--I'd love to hear from you.