Back in 2006 when I started as a freelance graphic designer I faced a range of challenges — like finding clients, knowing what to charge, how to quote, preparing tax returns, paying thousands for CD-based design software, working with developers to code websites — and as a result lived with my parents to help pay the bills.
I won't go as far as to say I was lonely, but I definitely noticed I enjoyed the moments when I was with people, be they clients or otherwise. The other thing I missed was inspiration. Not having other people to bounce ideas off of, or to get inspired by a comment of a colleague, meant every creative output had to come from me. It was tiring. It was unsustainable.