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21 Things You Find Out When You Do Freelance Work

It's not technically unemployment, right?

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1. It will be hard to wake up sometimes.

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It's really hard to motivate yourself to when you have nowhere to be. (That sounds way darker than it actually is).

2. Sometime you'll book a last minute gig and your sleep schedule will be destroyed.

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3. You might realize you've started to casually use the term "gig."

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Cue pangs of self-judgment.

4. You'll become familiar with a great work environment.

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5. Time will somehow start moving something like this.

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And you'll forget what day of the week it is consistently. Time begins to lose meaning.

6. People will just assume you're always available. To do whatever favor they need.

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Since you don't have a 9 to 5, you must not be busy, right?

7. Your friends with salaried jobs will start looking like this to you.

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8. There will be days when searching for gigs is literally all you do.

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Apply to them. All of them.

9. You will hit a job drought. Days/weeks/months where you don't get anything.

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And your job drought will be stressful.

10. When you're in a job drought, grocery shopping will be very painful.

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11. And socializing will feel a little like this.

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12. Then you'll hear back from one of the dozens of gigs you applied to.

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And you'll follow-up to the email/call literally immediately.

13. And when you get a gig, you will feel amazing.

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Yay, you can pay rent AND buy good groceries this month!

14. This emotional-financial-employment cycle will repeat itself for a while.

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Job drought, no job drought, job drought, no job drought.

15. You will probably question your decision to freelance.

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(Back to back Britney gifs? Wow!)

16. But you should listen to Betty White's wisdom.

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Give it time.

17. Eventually you'll develop confidence when sending your reel/portfolio/resume/etc.

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Mostly because you apply to so many jobs. Applying to jobs is what you're good at.

18. At some point, you'll get a few gigs in a row.

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19. And you'll meet people who want to hire you on other gigs.

20. Eventually you'll gain a resemblance of consistency.

21. Finally shower yourself in imaginary confetti and stay on the grind.

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You got this.

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