As a full-time freelance writer who works from home, I can’t seem to convince people that I am actually working. Apparently I have oodles of time to watch television and can take time out of my day to do whatever I like.
In fact, my flexible schedule allows me to have it all. I don’t know pressure and I don’t know stress. Because when you work from home, well of course that is all eliminated, right?
As a matter of fact, I find myself working six days a week, more often that I would like. I have deadlines to meet and sometimes I am pushing them, or I end up not meeting them. And then I have to answer to my editor.
The world of search engine optimization (SEO) is frequently changing so I am constantly learning how to adapt and change my writing as a result…yes, that causes stress. Work gets returned because something wasn’t right.
There are databases to fill out, self-editing to accomplish, topics to pick, and the list goes on.
Some weeks the workload is so low, I wonder how I will pay my bills. Other weeks it is so high, I wonder how I will get it all done.
My stresses may not be the same as others…but being a writer doesn’t mean I am sitting in a recliner with my feet up all day long. And it certainly doesn’t mean I have tons of free time.
But alas, the stigma seems to be attached.
© 2012, Stephanie Romero