For that time when the editor kills the story (with no kill fee) after you’ve worked on it for a week and writes you a terse note about how you need to focus more.
For the end-of-the-quarter stock-taking where you once again resolve to buckle down and get serious about identifying new revenue streams.
When a website editor asks you to write for free because you’ll be getting “great exposure.”
When someone offers you a freebie you want but probably shouldn’t take.
When you’re sending your second follow-up invoice.
When you get that 50-cents-a-word assignment.
When you get that $2-a-word assignment.