Freelance Writing: Financial Help for Hard Times

With the 11 days of government furlough arriving, and the general scramble in this economy to make ends meet, I thought this post at Brainstorms & Bylines might come in handy. Good luck and Godspeed to all of my freelancing, word-slinging writer friends out there making a living at their dream, and to all the other schmucks like me working for “the man” and moonlighting. Hang in there, my doves!

Brainstorms & Bylines

The life of a freelancer isn’t always smooth sailing.

In fact, in the past year alone, I know of one writer who lost a house, another who faces a medical crisis, and still others who have been affected by job loss due to an ever-shifting market.

Being self-employed often means doing without things our corporate-employed counterparts take for granted, like medical insurance, disability plans, and even paid vacation days. When the unexpected happens, we can be left scrambling to make ends meet and keep food on the table.

Fortunately, there are agencies out there writers can turn to for help. The following organizations offer grants, low interest/no interest loans, or other forms of financial aid for writers in distress. Please do your homework carefully before contacting any of these groups, and bear in mind that while I’m sharing this information as a resource for you, I am not endorsing any…

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