As a freelance writer, you learn how to cut corners, clip coupons, and stretch meals. These days, there’s little choice, what with the multitude of alleged “job” listings out there, particularly on CraigsList, that offer positions that pay nothing, but afford writers “exposure.”
Exposure? Is that a good thing? Last I heard, you could die from exposure. Ditto malnutrition from not being able to put food on the table.
I can’t think of a comparable occupation in which you would perform a professional service and not expect payment. Let me get this straight: a company will pay the electricity bill, pay a repairman to fix their equipment, but stiff the writer who creates the copy that represents them to the world? Keep this fact in mind: you deserve to get paid for the work that you do.