>Freelancers don’t get sick leave

>I’m sick this week and don’t feel much like working. If I had a regular job, I could call in sick and maybe even get paid for my time off, but freelancers can’t do that. I have managed to meet my deadlines this week, but I’m not likely to work on anything new until at least next Monday. Even this blog post is five days late.

So what’s the lesson in this tale? Know that sometimes life will take you out of the game for a while. Work when you can, and don’t wait until the last minute to start on a story. Sure, everything will probably be fine and you thrive on deadline pressure. Me too, but things happen. So like a Girl Scout or Boy Scout, be prepared. Start early, plan ahead and build a little space in your schedule just in case.

See you next week.

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