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The freelance life offers many perks: no commute, the freedom to adapt your workload to your lifestyle, job security and freelancers can’t get laid off – if you lose one gig, another will come along.
Those advantages are tempered by changing compensation schemes. Now, writers are “paid” in the currency of influence. Platforms such as blogs offer high visibility and perhaps the opportunity to exercise your passion but with less payment than other opportunities.
Freelancers not only need to find, research, and write stories, they need to promote their work on social media, all tasks that are uncompensated financially.
Health Journalism 2012 panelists Maryn McKenna, Paul Raeburn, and Irene Wielawski offered ways to cope with heavy workload of paid and non-paid gigs.
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