A friend asked me recently how the economy was affecting my writing business.
My answer, surprisingly, was: “so far, not much.”
I have lost a few clients in the past year – but they were my lowest paying clients anyway. A few other low-paying clients have contacted me less frequently.
On the other hand, it seems that there are now more folks in need of hiring a freelance writer than there was a year ago.
I think the reason for that is two-fold:
- Companies who might have hired an in-house person a year ago are now sending their work out, piecemeal, to get done.
- I’ve been pursuing new opportunities a bit more aggressively this year than I did in the past.
I have been reading that there are more people just starting their freelance businesses, but even the added competition hasn’t really hurt – at least not yet.
That may be because many of the people who talk about freelancing never really get started, or it could be because companies are looking for more experienced and stable freelancers. I don’t know.
What has your experience been? Has the economy hurt your freelance writing business?
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