17 Struggles Only New Yorkers Who Freelance Will Understand

Katherine Ripley Katherine Ripley

17 Struggles Only New Yorkers Who Freelance Will Understand

The 9 to 5 life isn’t for everyone, but freelancing presents its own set of challenges. Here are 17 that you’re constantly facing if you work from project to project:


1. When your budget for a project suddenly gets cut in half.

throwing food at wall

2. When your deadline gets moved up.


3. “I can’t go out. I’m working.”

“It’s 10pm on a Saturday.”

“Yeah I know…”

4. Your friends who work 9 to 5 have no patience for your schedule.

i don't understand

5. You’re always having to choose between working for more income and having more free time.

broken piggy bank

6. If you choose more free time, you have no money to spend during it.


7. You probably live in Brooklyn or Queens for cheap rent. Or even (*gasp*) The Bronx.


8. Your personal computer and your work computer are the same.

9. There’s the constant worry that you’ll accidentally submit your latest journal entry instead of your finished article.


10. Simultaneously working for three different offices that are 45 minutes away from each other.

too far

11. Working at home can be a pain.

ryan gosling frustrated

12. Especially with annoying roommates like these.

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[Rommel Canlas/Shutterstock]
13. Or pets who don’t understand personal space.

[Lisa Omarali/Flickr]
[Lisa Omarali/Flickr]
14. When you work in your pajamas all the time you forget what a business casual outfit looks like.

[Matt Howry/Flickr]
[Matt Howry/Flickr]
15. Your sleep schedule gets out of whack.

woman in bed awakening

16. Basically every party you go to is a three-hour long job interview with 75 people.

gatsby party

17. Two words: tax return.


Cover photo credit: Alper Çuğun/Flickr

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