Absolute game changer.
If you're making $15 an article while paying rent in Williamsburg and tuition at UCB, chances are your money is stretched thinner than your ex-girlfriend. We asked one writer how he makes it work on a freelancer's budget. Cliff Fernandez, long-time Twitter comic and self-described “internet dude”, has been making a name for himself on the web and managing on a scrappy freelancer's salary by cutting out food and living expenses completely, which he does by being dead.
When we asked Cliff how freelancers who are just starting out could make a living as a revolving contributor, he responded that little changes like cutting out that daily latte or being dead can make a big difference. Bigger costs, like cellphone bills and central heating can really deplete funds, which Cliff avoided by having neither. Another big problem facing writers today is the lack of benefits and healthcare they might receive in a more traditional office role. Cliff stayed silent on the issue of healthcare, which he did not have, both before and after being dead.
Cliff’s prolific body of work includes articles for Esquire online edition, Gawker (RIP), AskMen.com, HuffingtonPost Men, and Broadly by Vice.