"Yes," I responded, having moved out of my parents' house nine years ago.
"It must be nice not having your mom bugging you to clean your room all the time, right?" She said.
Yes, yes, I know, this is a nice problem to have, and I'll be thankful for it when I'm older. I won't deny that it's sometimes flattering.
But I am trying to start a business here. A one-person business where I basically am my brand. "Cute teenager" is not the impression I want to leave on clients. In my last office job, the average employee was about twenty years older than I was, and sometimes they could be pretty condescending. In my last class, a professor implied that I held a certain belief only because my parents told me so.
I want clients to see me like this:
Not so much this: