I mentioned in my last post that I'm not freelancing right now.
Essentially, last year I lost a couple of clients, not through any fault of my own but due to business changes, until I was down to just one writing platform. At the time I didn't have the time to look for other clients to replace the lost ones, due to my horse being sick.
Well, said writing platform and I parted ways about a month ago, after we disagreed over payment terms. There's another platform I used to write for on occasion, but for various reasons I've elected not to write for them anymore either, due to payment not being guaranteed.
What it boils down to is that it's difficult making sure you get paid enough as a freelancer, and while it's important not to be a pushover, sometimes standing up for yourself makes you unpopular. But hey, I'm unpopular but also paid in full, which is what counts.
I'm not terribly concerned about the break in income right now, as I do have some other ventures that will bring in some income, such as focusing on my doll repair and sales business, Against Doll Odds. I also have a nonfiction ebook in the works that should bring in some income over time, and hopefully my fiction eventually will, too.
Interestingly, one side effect of not freelancing right now is that I'm itching to write more often than I normally would be. When I was freelancing I had less urge to work on my own writing projects, but right now I find myself frequently wanting to write something, anything.
Hopefully this just means I'll be able to get more done!