Ah yes, it’s true! It’s a tough needle I’m threading with this argument. Of course, I make a living being able to write well, and follow “proper” conventions. Consistent, correct grammar and punctuation is essential for brands to maintain a professional presence. But of course, even those standards are changing quickly (emoji are everywhere now!)
It’s DEFINITELY time to raise your prices if you are working that much and earning that little! Raise them with confidence, expect some clients to drop away, but that only leaves space for others who will value you appropriately.
Your working arrangement is likely illegal. Employers don’t have the right to treat you like an employee but call you a contractor — there are many different factors that go into this consideration. Hope this helps: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/understanding-employee-vs-contractor-designation
Or it could be a matter of convenience. You know you’ve got to check Google maps or text your friend just before you get somewhere, so you hold your phone rather than losing it in your bag, rifling through the bag, checking it, stashing it away again, realizing you need to check one more thing.
I think handbags explain the entire gender difference.