Regular employees may be bound to their desks from 9 to 5, with regulated breaks in between, but they do enjoy perks that freelance writers may not. We don’t have company subsidized health insurance, for example. We don’t have overtime pay. We don’t have paid vacation and sick days off. All of these things are left for us to deal with. Or we can decide to do without them.
Let’s zero in on the last bit – days off. If you think about it, we do have a certain degree of freedom as compared to regular employees. We can choose not to work if we are sick or feel like going on a vacation. One huge difference is that, technically, we don’t get paid for those days. We only get paid once we get the work done, which usually means spending more time working to make up for the “lost” days. As a result, many freelance writers find themselves taking less time off. [Read more…]