So, because I work as an independent contractor, I get the opportunity to work for a number of different clients… One of my clients is a local magazine. I handle their social events section. What that basically means is that I attend various functions around town, take pictures and write a story on them.
Essentially, I get paid to go to parties. Not such a bad gig, huh?
This does pose one small problem, though. With these functions come various dress requirements. And no matter how hard I try, I have not yet been able to convince the IRS that cocktail dresses and gowns are a business expense. They are not buying it. Apparently, Beyonce can do it but, alas, I cannot. (So WRONG!)
It is just plain impossible to own enough cocktail dresses to attend these functions. I see many of the same people at these events and that just doesn’t give me the freedom to repeat the same dress 12x a year.
If I lived in Hollywood I would be seriously ostracized right now. Same dress two times in a row? Scandalous!
Luckily for me, I have a nice cache of girlfriends who hang in the same social circle who are more than willing to offer up a dress in the name of a female emergency. You just can’t put a price tag on that kind of friendship, can you?