Making a Living as a Freelancer: Fits, Doubts and Windfalls

As any freelancer, I occasionally doubt my abilities. Not only my abilities to produce value for my editing clients or my capacity for writing engaging material for various outlets, but my ability to earn a (comfortable) living doing so.

Like any good economist, I understand that decisions about lifestyle choices ultimately come down to marginal comparisons to what my next-best option is — not just in the abstract (NASA isn’t hiring me for space travel; nor National Geographic for swimming with orcas) but realistically.