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Neil Gaiman once said that as a freelancer there are three things you need to do in order to retain your clients.

1. Do Good Work

Obviously the most important point is to do good work. Do high quality work. Do your best. Strive to be the best in your industry. Provide real value to your clients and they’ll happily pay you money in return as a measure of the value you provided to them. If you can’t do high quality work, it will be very hard to survive as a freelancer. You can get away with mediocrity in an office situation where you are a part of a team but not as a freelancer.

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There are plenty of freelancer blogs that talk about the advantages of working freelance instead of having a good old regular job. Yes, freelancing is great. But only a few blogs talk about the disadvantages of freelancing.

Like everything else in life, being a freelancer is a two sided coin. It has the good pros, the bad cons and even the ugly edge.

Mumbai Harbor with Taj and Gateway of India

It was a hazy November evening in Mumbai when I signed-off from my last ship. The year was 2011. As I made my way through the unmovable traffic to the airport, I had no idea what lay ahead in my future.

For the next few months, I was lost. There were many options in front of me; MBA, Civil Services, M.Tech etc. I had given every option a serious thought and still didn’t know what to do. The only thing I knew for sure was that I was tired of sailing.

Then in March 2012, amidst the melting snow of Shimla, I made a foolish decision; I decided to become a freelance writer.