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21 Things Only People Dating A Freelancer Will Understand

You're both jealous and not jealous at all of their freedom.

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1. You're always envious that if they want to have a lie-in on a Tuesday, they just can.

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2. But they're jealous when you just clock off at 6pm and refuse to worry about work until the next day.

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Evenings are a sacred time reserved for you and your night cheese.

3. And the fact that you have that sweet, sweet regular income.

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4. It all balances out, though, when they finally get paid for that big project.

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Though they probably have to do at least *some* hassling to get it.

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5. And they get to plan their day around their needs, which is super handy.

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Getting a doctor's appointment is slightly less of a faff for them.

6. But they can't always just take a day off because they're sick.

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If they don't work, they don't get paid.

7. Having to explain what your partner does is always a bit of a struggle.

8. You have endless admiration for their self-control and discipline.

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"I have no idea how you do it," you helpfully say, watching them work late to finish a project while you spend the evening doing nothing but watching Netflix.

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9. As well as their ability to negotiate.

It's up to them what their wage will be.
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It's up to them what their wage will be.

10. You're always reviewing their pitches.

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They don't exactly have co-workers, so they rely on your for a second opinion.

11. As well as their money management.

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Essentially, they have no choice but to be real, actual adults.

12. Your networking skills have greatly improved since knowing them.

You need to be scrappy as fuck to make it on your own and you've learned there's no shame in taking any opportunity you see.
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You need to be scrappy as fuck to make it on your own and you've learned there's no shame in taking any opportunity you see.

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13. Their work is always interesting.

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Some days are a slog, and some projects they do just for the money, but on the whole they're passionate about what they do.

14. Even if sometimes they have clients from hell that have no concept of work hours.

When someone calls me while I'm asleep and wakes me up...

15. Planning holidays together is so much easier because you only have to take your own schedule into account.

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Even if sometimes they have no choice but to work whilst you're on holiday.

16. There are a lot of surprising perks that come with being a freelancer.

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You end up being the plus one for a lot of events you never imagined yourself at.

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17. You learn not to take it too personally if they just have to take a phone call or answer an email.

18. Though their job is less stable, it actually makes long-term planning easier.

19. Because they can work and live almost anywhere.

20. And their ability to self-manage and negotiate makes them more resilient.

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They seriously just don't give up.

21. Plus, if they work from home, there will always be someone to walk your many dogs.