Today was my very first day back to a traditional full-time job! For the past year and a half, I was freelancing and working strange hours. An opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up, and so I’m back at a normal 9 hour, 5 days a week, permanent office job. In my industry, it’s actually not uncommon for people to go back and forth depending on what company they get to work with and what works for them at that particular point in their life. Some people have always been freelancers and would never consider full-time. Others love being full-time and wouldn’t like being a freelancer. It’ll be an adjustment for sure, but for now I think it’ll work out for me.
I’m definitely going to miss making my own hours and not having to go into an office every single day. I had a lot of freedom to go out for a two hour lunch, but I was working much later hours since my work day was more spread out. I wouldn’t have considered freelancing at all if I hadn’t mostly been working with one company either. Many others jump from company to company and are never in one place. Being self-employed didn’t mean I could do whatever I wanted to either. To some extent, yes I could as in I could take on projects I liked. I still had to work with other people and satisfy clients.
I loved the flexibility of being self-employed, but I really disliked the taxes portion. My life has been moving forward, and it was time to make a change when the right opportunity came along!
What works for you now might not work later
I’m really glad that I was able to be self-employed for a year and a half. It was a really good experience and I learned a lot from it. At different points in my life, I might go back and forth between self-employment and full-time, but it’s whatever feels right at the moment. I’ve been freelancing for a while so a regular full-time job is fine now. Later on, I might miss the flexibility and want more freedom in how I plan my days.
With the amount of lay-offs in the last few years, full-time jobs aren’t as stable as they used to be. If the company is doing well though, it’s still much more stable than being self-employed. You might not know if you have a job lined up next, and there might be weeks or months where nothing comes through. Some people really don’t mind this and just think of it as a vacation. For others, it can be extremely stressful always looking for your next job opportunity. I didn’t love that feeling of uncertainty. If my husband didn’t have a stable full-time job, I wouldn’t have been able to be self-employed for so long.
Every company works in different ways and has different projects and clients. Some companies work exclusively for only one client and day-in and day-out end up doing the same thing. Working with different companies will allow me to be able to work on a varied number of projects. One company could work mostly with creating websites, and another could be more about animation. They work to their strengths of course and usually become well known for doing certain types of projects.
Being a freelancer versus full-time will be different in many ways. A freelancer can come and go as they please, and they don’t need to be bothered with office events. With full-time, you are a part of the company and will be more involved in everyday activities and events. You’re more immersed in the company culture and expected to participate. You’ll definitely get to know your coworkers very well. One big minus of freelancing is that sometimes you don’t see people very often and you work alone. Of course, this all depends on the person and if they actually want to work with others or not.
Day two tomorrow! It’s hard to believe, but it’s full-time for me now.
Have you ever been self-employed and gone back to full-time? What were your reasons?