Fair comment, MNIMA!
All I can say is, Toby, if you think working freelance is bad, try novels. No guaranteed income, no pay per word, and only the hope (rarely justified) that you'll make a living at it! And yes, when, like me, you used to be a professional, it is very hard to accept the fresh-faced youthfulness of those commissioning your works! It really must be hell for those starting out hoping to be a novelist today.