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Freelance Success: How to become a risk-free freelancer

Becoming a successful freelance writer means mastering both emotional and financial components.

How to become a risk-free freelancer. This image shows a man perched upon a giant coffee cup, reaching to circle the top item on a larger-than-life list of priorities.

Several months ago, I interviewed Dave Blazek, who draws and writes the Loose Parts comic strip. As someone who draws a nationally syndicated strip, Blazek receives his fair share of criticism. He’s not bothered by it. Anybody can make an accurate criticism once, he told me. That doesn’t mean you can draw a strip every day no matter what – when you’re sick, when you’d rather make yourself the filling in a blanket burrito and lose yourself in the pages of a thick, great novel.

In short, you have to treat cartooning like a job.

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