The best time to be a freelancer is when you're already tired of the glitz and glamor.  When you're over seeing your name on an awards night marquee.  When you're done proving yourself to the industry because you already have... eons ago.

Because if you're still longing for some kind of fanfare for every feature article you wrote, then maybe --just maybe-- you're not ready to go mercenary.

Fanfare is a bonus.  It's cool if and when it happens.  But the norm in this solo business is this:  You get jobs that have you ghostwriting for head honchos, and I can bet you they won't thank you at the end of their speech.  You get to write your best work yet --and then see it produced by someone else.  You get to brainstorm with people who will easily snag credit for your ideas once your back is turned.  You get to throw in valuable inputs that can do marketing or advertising good, and then be ignored.

Believe me, this kind of 'tragedy' is no great shakes.  All it takes is maturity.  Emotional detachment.  And a hard-nosed business sense.  Authorship isn't all that important when you're already paid.  I know that sounds too 'hit man'.  Maybe I was a little crass.  You should, of course, still have passion for great work.  But in this stage in your life, not passion for roses-at-your-feet recognition.

I read somewhere that there will come a time when your mission in life changes.  When you're all for creating and contributing rather than obtaining and accumulating.  That's where your mindset should be.

I can't really remember who said that so now it feels like I'm snagging credit for his or her wisdom.  But hey, it's freelancing.  :P  Whoever you are, thanks!


  1. very well said....i still confuse myself between being a freelancer and a mercenary but what the long as i'm free to do what i want to do...i'm good...i'm a freelancer (or whatever) and i'm happy!

    1. they can call us freelancerconsultantraketeerentrpreneur if they want. as long as we're free and happy, i'm cool. :)


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