Sure, I’ve moved back to my parents’ house because I can’t afford rent.
Sure, I took the summer off to build my career and work on my resume.
…But does being a recently-graduated (and broke) freelancer make me a freeloader?
Although I want to answer that with a loud “No!”, I can’t deny that freelance journalism takes a while to make money.
Having extra support does make it easier to focus on your professional life!
However, freelancing comes with its own challenges:
1. Your family doesn’t understand the concept of “working from home”.
You’ll probably be asked to cook or run errands on the regular
…As if you have nothing else to do!
2. Vacations are just work days in nicer places.
Same office, different scenery.
The work never ends!
3. Procrastination is always an issue.
It’s way too easy to spend most of the day cruising YouTube and Korean drama sites instead of pitching to magazines.
After all, you’re not getting paid for this and writing cover letters seems like a gigantic waste of time!
4. Discipline is really important.
And really hard.
One thing I can respect about an office job is that you have set hours and a work space.
But if you work from home, it’s a lot harder to resist staying up ’til 2am.
5. Did I mention the understanding thing?
Freelance is still a relatively new concept and it’s hard to convince my family that I (sometimes) do actual work.
Editing videos, applying for internships and writing blog posts may not pay the bills now, but every freelancer needs a good portfolio.
Just because it’s unpaid does NOT mean it isn’t a job!
Freelancing is tough.
You have to build your own brand from scratch and money only seems to go one way (out of your bank account).
But how many careers allow you to pack yourself of to Europe for three months and call it a working holiday?