Being a creative freelancer comes with many perks. No boss breathing down your neck, sleeping in as long as you want, working from anywhere (even if that often ends up being the sofa). 

However, there are also a few challenges that come with working freelance that surely every WFH-veteran can relate to. You think you're a creative freelancer, your family think that means you're available for babysitting / errands at any time of the day. You think you're a creative freelancer, your friends think you get paid to post on Instagram all day. You think you're a creative freelancer, your partner says you do 'something with drawing on the internet'. Sigh.

The struggle is oh so very real, but it's good to know you're not the only one feeling it. 

1. The ‘working from home schedule’:

 
 
 
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2. When it becomes a future you problem: 

 
 
 
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3. Client brief vs. client budget:

 

4. The endless, humiliating slog of chasing up unpaid invoices

5. What the client wants, the client gets:

 
 
 
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6. When there's no budget but "great exposure"...

 
 
 
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7. The pressure of sending over a draft

8. The never ending indecision

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9. Revisions, revisions, revisions.

 
 
 
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10. But hey, one person's trash...


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