And not unlike other young professionals, it’s hard not to link your self-worth to your career successes. So the prospect of freelancing, where your self-esteem is entirely dependent on the amount of work you’ve been commissioned, is something for which I could never trade a seemingly unending workload. I much prefer to work towards a shared goal – in my case, that’s hitting deadlines before magazines go to print – and office culture (or at least mine) is geared towards a team effort. Contrarily, freelancing can at times appear to be a cut-throat world. Christine*, 29, a London-based freelance copywriter agrees: "When you see someone else doing something great, it’s hard not to think 'Why didn’t I do that when we have the same hours?' You can get so caught up in your weaknesses rather than your strengths." This constant self-doubt is something I know I wouldn’t be able to handle. When Addison Lee, eBay and a change.org petition are the only emails to drop into your inbox rather than an exciting commission from an editor, it’s enough to make even the most secure person question whether they’re in the right field.