Part of the lure of freelance writing is that there is no boss looking over your shoulder and you can write from home. This is true but freelancing is not free of deadlines or competition and there is no employer to cover your healthcare. The reality is that freelance writing is a crowded field with limited financial reward. However, there are plenty of people that manage to make a living freelancing. To do this a writer has to target the upper tier of the writing markets where the competition is the most fierce.
There are some authors who freelance to supplement their income while they are working on their next book. Some writers also like the idea and bragging writes of getting an article published in a paying market and there are many magazines and sites that will pay a small fee. Niche freelance writers may find success by becoming experts about covering certain subjects and fields.
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