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Are You Really Satisfied?

Posted on June 28th, 2008 By Under Money

My freelance writing work has been utterly boring, lately. I get similar projects and nothing else. I suppose I have nothing more to blame than myself for this. If I put a bit more effort into the words I write for my clients, perhaps I could feel a larger sense of gratification.

However, I don’t think the problem lies in my word choice or use of grammar. My client’s tell me that they love the work I do for them, and that is why they keep coming back to me and ordering the same type of articles and copy over and over again. They are simple once I get the hang of them, and it would be silly not to take a project I can definitely do; it just isn’t satisfying enough. This is why I’m taking some steps in changing how I’m going to process my business, and list some steps you should take to better enjoy and take gratification in the freelance writing work you do.

[image by Demis Courquet-Lesaulnier]

Where’s My Money, Foo’

Money leads to happiness. Are you kidding me when you deny this? It’s called being modest when you say that money can’t make you happy. Money alone can’t make you happy, but it sure as hell helps out. Go out and eat where and what you want to eat, buy gifts for your mate, purchase a new house or car – do these all not give us a sense of happiness and satisfaction. Maybe I stand alone on this one. Either way, reexamining your rates may be what you need to get a boost in satisfaction from your work. You are trying to balance out what will give you the most money for the least amount of work. This is something I will be discussing with my major clients in future conversations.

Where’s it at?

In your freelance writing career, you’ve got a multitude of niches and specializations to stick to. Hell, you can go ape-wild and take up every niche in the book if you are feeling up to it. The real task is finding something that you would be glad and pleased to write. I’m not so sure if I have found this as I am still early in my freelance writing career. I take on many different projects, and while there have been some very entertaining ones, I still haven’t found something I can circle on to.

For the Love of “Work”

Do you feel like all you do is write so much that it feels like work? Freelance writing should be something you feel like doing as it is such an easy option to slip in to. In the beginning, it sometimes felt like work, but I’ve turned over slightly to where it just feels like I have to do it. There are times I hate it, but the times I love it have balanced this out. I’m still not to the point where I’d love to write a novel about writing, but it is always in the back of my mind and it is slowly creeping higher in my list of priorities as things I have to do before I die.

Where Did the Time Go?

You can’t spend all the hours of your day writing, not for yourself or any clients. This is why it is time you find ways to quench your thirst for satisfaction outside of freelance writing. Get a hobby, a pet, a friend, or someone you love, and escape from the world of freelance writing. You will appreciate the time away, and be able to know why you were able to be so satisfied outside of your “job.” It lets you take a real look into why you are freelance writing and what it has helped you complete in your life.

Satisfaction isn’t always easy to come by for a freelance writer, let alone anyone. Finding something, a sparkle, that can light the fire and fuel your want for freelance writing is something we all need. Without being satisfied, at least a nitsy bitsy amount, you’ll never be able to enjoy the work you do. Perhaps the 9-5 office job is a better choice for you, and if that satisfied you, that could be a good guess. I know there is something that will fuel my needs, I just need to nail it.

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  1. Kimberly Ben says:

    Great topic. I agree about finding time to spend on other interests and connecting with others – it's the best way I know to avoid burnout and bring balance into your life.

  2. Hello,

    My name is Alex Robinson, Co Owner of an online magazine (www. manup-mag. com). Our ultimate goal is to go to the stands with this magazine. We are looking for writers. If this is something you're interested in please contact me @ arobinson@manup-mag.com.

    Thanking you in advance,

    Alex Robinson

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