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Why I (Finally!) Broke Up With My First Freelance Writing Client

Why I (Finally!) Broke Up With My First Freelance Writing Client

There’s nothing quite as exciting as landing your first freelance writing client. At last — someone who wants to pay you for your writing services!

Some writers are lucky enough to find clients who pay reasonably well from the get-go, and can give them ongoing work.

I was not one of those lucky ones.

I know I’m not the only freelance writer whose first clients paid peanuts. Despite that, it can be hard to let them go. You can feel sort of loyal to that first client, who helped you break into freelancing, and the security of that client you know can make you complacent.

But sooner or later, it’s time to let that low-paying first client go and move on to better gigs.

Here’s the story of my first freelance writing client — and why I dropped him.

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Are You Overworked? How Freelancers Can Avoid Burnout

Are you overworked? Here's how freelancers can avoid burnout.

Many writers tell me they wish they could find even one client. But today, I want to talk about the other side of the coin.

Once you get rolling in freelance writing and word starts getting around about your talents, you can quickly find yourself overbooked, overworked, and exhausted.

I recently had a chat with freelance writer Alyssa Ast about this on my Facebook chat — she was getting overloaded, and her personal passion writing projects were sitting idle.

She’s got a passel of young kids to care for, too.

And she was nearing her breaking point.

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Can You Help This Freelance Writer Recover from Burnout?

I spend a lot of time on this blog helping writers figure out how to find more and better clients. Today, let’s look at a problem on the other side of the spectrum. One writer recently emailed me with her

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