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Being a Freelancer Can Really Suck

A conversation with the editor-in-chief of FREE, VICE's new personal finance site.

by VICE Staff
May 14 2018, 10:41pm

Image: Xavier Lalanne-Tauzia

Nearly half of the young people in the US freelance—either as a side hustle or main source of income. Freelancing and working in the gig economy (think Uber, Airbnb, Taskrabbit) has become increasingly important as traditional workplaces and corporate structures change, and telecommuting becomes more popular.

But the freelance life can be a tricky one. Keeping track of invoices, taxes, and unpredictable schedules can be exhausting, even if it allows for more freedom and flexibility. And without the safety net of a salary and benefits, millennial workers can find themselves left in the lurch.

On today's episode of The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast, we talk to Anita Hamilton, editor-in-chief of FREE, a VICE vertical about personal finance tailored to young people. Hamilton wants the site to be a place for this generation to come for stories on budgeting and money—without patronizing assumptions or unrealistic goals.

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