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After moving to New York City to become a writer, Alida Nugent found out things weren't quite the way they appeared on Sex and the City. In "Carrie Bradshaw Math," a post written on her blog TheFrenemy.com, Nugent summed up the would-be-life of the fictitious character, pitting her daily diet of designer pumps and fancy dinners against some real-life price points.
Nugent's post, which was published by Gothamist.com and Refinery29.com, was written out of frustration and confirmed what other writers already knew: Freelancing comes with a price.
"I feel like [Bradshaw's] lifestyle was sort of insane," says Nugent. "Maybe other people realized $800 dollar outfits aren't what happen when you freelance write -- because it's not. Don't be fooled!"
While freelance writing can be extremely rewarding (making your own hours, the high of that first byline), there are some definite downsides. Here's what we wish they taught us in J-school.
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