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Freelancer: The Problem with Working a Full Time Job and Writing for a Living

Updated on July 26, 2012

Hi all and welcome to another edition of Freelancer.

Well, as many of us know unless we have a bunch of clients who require our work on an ongoing basis, we are usually chasing down work. And when we have no work, well we get poor to put it bluntly.

Over the course of my years trying to get my business going (which will be two years next March) I've come across many people who write, and many of these people for one reason or another either cannot work a full time job or simply choose not to.

In my case I've had health issues (I actually just got of of the hospital again in the beginning of this month) and I've come to understand that due to certain medical issues I cannot work jobs that are too taxing on me physically.

So while writing continues to be a major focus of how I earn a living, it's not dependable enough to ignor the chance to take on a job with a steady paycheck and benefits...if I'm physically able to do the job, but that's not what this post is actually about so let m get right to the heart of the matter and simply state that whenever I find a full time job, my writing always suffers.

Case in point, during my three month tenure at my last job (which by the way was actually a seasonal position) due to my of a steady work schedule such as working 8-4 or something like that, I would come home too tired to even look for writing opportunities and needless to say my business KeyWords Media suffered for it.

No updated site content meant no new readers, and that meant no chance to possibly market my services to anyone who came by the site. It also meant that I did not go to the normal sites that I usually go to for writing assignments and I left a customer or two behind when I had to tell them that I had to take on a regular job position rather than write for them.

That's always been my problem with any sideline business I ran while working a full time job, and this is something that I'd like those of youn outn there already working a full time job to understand because I found this out the hard way...

You cannot run a sideline business part time, while working a full time job.

It doesn't matter what that sideline business is, you're going to find that it's almost impossible to really make a go of it when your full time job position makes demands of your time. Even worse yet is when your just too exhausted to put in the time to actually do work in that sideline business that's so important to you.

Unfortunately I'm not offering solutions to this problem, but I'd like to see everyone's comments and suggestions about this issue, and I'm sure there are many freelancers outn there who are in the same boat so please don't be shy.

Leave your comments and any suggestions on this hub.


Lew N


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    • cperuzzi profile image

      Christopher Peruzzi 5 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      Drugs... lots of them.

      Just kidding.

      I'm actually trying to give it a go right now. Currently, I'm working doing some CMS support until 5:PM and then commute back home. The worst part of any of this is the commute. It is exhausting.


      There are two things that you always have to keep in mind. Like your body, you need to keep it active. Your body requires a gym or exercise and your mind (for writers) requires that you put in some time to just write.

      I know you blog. I know you write. But you have to do something to keep yourself in the habit and get it to be a ritual.