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The Pitfalls of Freelancing: I Swear, They Do Exist!
By: Mona Sabbah
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I’m not so sure working from home is all it’s cracked up to be. Yes, you get to escape traffic, dreaded office birthday parties, and politics...for the most part. In reality, is working from home or the local coffee shop really all that great? Yes; in theory, you can work in pajamas, but there’s no way you can conduct a Skype interview in your leopard fleece onesie.

Breakfast and lunch are replaced with what I call grazing. A piece of cheese here, a yogurt there, baked chips (because you’re also not getting as much exercise as you thought you would), not to mention a caffeine intake that gets exponentially higher by the day. You also know all baristas by name, know their relationship status, and know everyone else who works from home, i.e., the local Starbucks. Turns out Chief Imagination Officer is a real job position!

As far as a more flexible schedule, the verdict’s still out. Yes, you can technically make your own hours, but when you work for yourself, every hour is an opportunity to land new business. So when you’re enjoying your night out, you’re also networking. (That can get confusing for your date, who thinks you’re flirting.) When a client calls with a project during the weekend, you’re working. When it’s a national holiday, it’s not for you. When you’re on vacation, you’re stuck to your laptop or smartphone. Flexible? Not so much!

The worst part is that, as a freelance copywriter, procrastination is not billable. So posting on social media sites, gossiping by the non-existent water cooler, or daydreaming in meetings doesn’t do anything for your bank account.

Procrastinating, grazing, napping…all in a day’s work.  

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About the Author
Mona Sabbah is a Senior Copywriter/Creative Director with over 12 years of experience writing for print, TV, radio, and online. Mona has worked on a number of accounts from The Florida Lottery to Air Canada and Keiser University. You can see some of her work at http://www.miamicopywriter.com/. Find her on Twitter at @miamicopywriter.
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