Just a quick thought / question for you today:
Why is it that so many freelance writers can't seem to grasp the concept of working smarter, not harder? Sometimes when I talk to writers or read other freelance writing blogs I feel like I'm going insane -- like this is an alien concept or something.
To summarize: in business it's always better to work smarter rather than harder. That means it's better to earn more by doing less than to have to do more work to earn the same amount of money.
This is the backbone of the content mill / residual income site debate for example (spent a good chunk of my morning reading a few posts on the subject, hence this post). Yet it's an aspect too often ignored. If you can earn $2000 per month churning out 200 articles a month or you can earn the same by writing 20 (requiring a similar time investment), then you choose to write 20. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. That's smart business. Anything else is just completely nonsensical from that business perspective.
If you're a hobby writer, write as much as you want for as little as you want. No one cares what token pay you're earning but you. But (as I mentioned in a comment elsewhere this morning) freelancing is not a hobby. It's a business. It's not the same as other forms of small business in that it's also more of a lifestyle, but bottom line is that it's still a business. You can write and not be running a freelance business. That's fine and dandy. But if you run a freelance business, then get smart about it instead of continually making excuses for why you're not earning more or trying to encourage others to follow suit irresponsibly (as far too many bloggers have been doing lately, forgetting that when they write about freelancing they're writing about and giving advice about... you guessed it... BUSINESS!).