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Freelancer Burnout: How to avoid it

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Nov 10, 2016
Freelancing can be a lonely world with a lot of frustration and a lot of hard slogging. This article focuses on advice primarily for freelance writers but I think some of the tips are more generally useful as well.

Freelance Burnout and 10 Ways to Prevent It
by Chris Henson, SearchInfluence.com
January 13th, 2017

Freelancing may seem like an easy, carefree gig to those not in-the-know. You get to work when and where you want and are free to do whatever you want at the drop of a hat.

But actual freelance writers know that this is certainly not the case. Freelancing can be just as time-consuming and demanding as any office job. We, too, are prone to feeling overworked, overextended, and altogether overwhelmed.

In fact, since so much of the responsibility is placed squarely on their shoulders, many freelancers feel obligated to work and work and work long after 9–5 Monday through Friday. This can ultimately lead to freelancer burnout.

Freelancer burnout is more than just “writer’s block”—it’s something more oppressing and potentially dangerous to you and your freelancing career. Burnout can lead to a creative motivational block, which in turn, can impede your work and affect your income!

Thankfully, there are a few things freelance writers can do to avoid this breakdown. Here are 10 tips to prevent freelancer burnout!

How effectively do you think you manage "freelancer burnout"? What strategies have you tried to prevent or recover from it?
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Jul 7, 2016
Really like what this article had to say.. I'm a travel agent who has always loved to write. I'm thinking about trying to get some articlesppublished.

I believe there has to be balance in everything that we do. I never work on Sundays. Always go to church and then usually do something with friends after.. I take vacations when my family gathers.. Love to read when my work is through each day


Nov 6, 2014
How effectively do you think you manage "freelancer burnout"?
I didn't. Then I became gravely ill and hospitalized for 4 1/2 months with GBS. Then I didn't write anymore, completely lost the desire or will to do so. It'll be five years next week and I still would rather do just about anything.

I used to write from the time I got up til the time I went to bed. Client stuff first always, then my own. I didn't have much in the way of life balance, wasn't much interested in doing anything but writing and finding clients. I didn't think it could hurt me, I was doing what I wanted to do. I was wrong.

Burnout doesn't just maim creativity, it hurts your physical body, too. Or at least it can.

This is a more important topic than a lot of people realize. Thanks for shining a light on it, DJ.

Valerie Hart

Jan 22, 2017
Great read!
I may be just beginning, but I try to stick to a schedule. When I'm out of the house, I'm working. When I'm home, I'm relaxing only to answer emails if it is quick and urgent. I do, however, need to work on setting "Mini Goals." When I tackle editing a new book, I try to edit in parts instead of smaller chapter groups. Lately, it has been putting more pressure on me to finish a job quicker than I'd like. It is definitely better to manage smaller goals alongside a not-too-generous amount of time allotted to finish an edit as thoroughly as possible.
May 2, 2017
I can empathize. Working from home, sometimes it's hard to walk away from your work. So what I did was to create clear divisions between my home life and my work life. I have a work schedule that I stick too as much as possible. I don't work outside of my home office. I don't check work emails on my phone. I turn off my wifi on the weekends. Any work emergency can wait until office hours.

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