Have you made the switch from freelancing to full-time employment, and why?
June 27, 2012 7:54 AM Subscribe
I'm interested in hearing from people who intentionally made the switch from freelancing to (or back to) a more traditional work situation. What were your reasons? Do you think it was a good decision?
posted by shiggins to work & money (22 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
I've been a freelance writer for the past two years. My work is pretty steady, but I'm starting to feel like the downsides of freelancing outweigh the benefits.
You always hear people rave about freelancing: It's so liberating being my own boss! My schedule is super flexible! I get to work in my jammies! My income potential is unlimited! etc. etc. etc.
I was this enthusiastic for a while, but freelancing is really starting to wear on me: None of my clients pay on time. They treat me like I'm a full-time employee, even though each only accounts for a fraction of the work I do. I'm crazy isolated, and it's only increasing my shyness and avoidance tendencies. I work way more than I should. etc. etc. etc.
I'm not really interested in hearing how I could make freelancing "work" for me (e.g. coworking, setting firmer boundaries with clients, being more choosy about the work I do, etc.). I know I could do all those things. My issue is that I'm starting to think this work arrangement just might not be the right fit.
I'm specifically interested in hearing from folks who were in a similar situation and made the move to (or back to) full-time employment or some other arrangement. Was it a difficult transition? Was it a good or a bad decision, and why? Any general thoughts or advice?