I've written about this a lot in my series of articles called Adventures in SEO. Trust me, some of the people I've worked for have been some real doozies!
Lots of people like the idea of freelance writing, since it often means they won’t have to worry about bosses, going to the office each day, or being held to any other type of 9-to-5 job. Sadly, that’s just not the case, and freelance writing can often feel like a catch-22 situation.
If you think you’re going to get rid of that bad boss at work by becoming a freelance writer, you may be right, but you’ll just be replacing him or her with numerous other short-term employers, or bosses, many of which whom will be just as bossy, pushy, and finicky as your current tyrant. The nice thing is that you usually won’t have to deal with them face-to-face, and you can drop them for others at your whim, and they you.
While you may be able to ditch your morning and evening commute to the office when you choose to make freelance writing your full time gig, you’ll still be plugged into your computer all day, and you’ll most likely be logging more than 8 hours at your new freelance writing job. When you freelance write for other people online, you’ll usually be working for people from all over the world. That means when you’re ready to call it a day, someone my just be getting theirs started. Figuring out how to juggle and use your time effectively is therefore critical to any freelance writing endeavor.
Lots of people get out of the rat race when they choose to take up freelance writing as a full-time career, but many others find they just can’t make it on their freelance writing earnings alone. You’ll probably have to have some other type of job on the side that ensures a steady flow of money, which freelance writing can’t always guarantee. Consider a job that has you work nights, or in a setting where you have lots of free time. If you can bring in your computer or notebook and get some writing done, you’ll really make your extra freelance writing jobs work.