Doesn’t it suck to lose a job? It especially sucks when you’re a freelancer and you rely on the income from sporadic jobs, etc. Thus is the case with a situation I am currently in. It doesn’t affect me, as much as it affects other bloggers who unfortunately chose to put all their eggs in one basket.
I’m blessed to have many clients and to actively write for several websites, so losing one job isn’t going to kill me or put too much of a damper in my income, but for many it’s the pits. A website I have been writing actively for a year now with, decided to drop the rates of many of the writers. I won’t deny, my disappointment and discouragement was made known. It was an easy paycheck and was an extra $150/month. Yes, I do miss the $150. However, I don’t miss the gig. I was tired of having to promote my own content, when the company should have. Interestingly enough, they loved my blog enough to promote it in a recent ad they published in a magazine, but not enough to keep the pay the same. I haven’t officially left, but I’m not writing like I was for them either because it simply isn’t worth the time to have that content paid for in such a small amount and then not allow me to post it elsewhere. It was a personal choice.
The plus side for me, is that before I took on the position, I had a blog that I had just started on the very subject and while I did let the website go for a few months, it was still available to re-register and and I did. Now I am actively trying to build the content up on the site and make it look better than before.
Losing a job can seriously affect someone who relied solely on one place for a writing income, and I really hope that it doesn’t or didn’t affect you, but if it did, it is a good lesson in why you should have multiple sources for income. What are your thoughts on pay decreases within writing and blogging companies?