I have a cousin who’d always make these strange remarks of how I’m basically a free bird and can do whatever I want all day.
I asked her is she ever had a 14-16-hour working day (which consisted purely of work, by the way, not watching youtube, having smoke breaks and an hour-long lunch and doodling in her notepad at a business meeting). That made her shut up for good.
I’m not advocating for 14-16-hour working days, btw, that’s not healthy. But you have to crunch on occasion. You have strict deadlines, commitments, meetings, etc. Freelance is freeing indeed, in many ways, but it’s not “do whatever you want” at all times. Not if you want to get paid consistently.