Wednesday, May 22nd

Diving back in

After almost a year of working for myself, I went back to the normal 9 to 5.

Dolly Parton 9 to 5

I enjoyed freelancing for the flexibility and ability to work in my pajamas. But I’m so over the pajamas! And I’m really eager to put my paycheck, workflow, health insurance and office supplies in someone else’s hands. I like knowing what work is in the pipeline; I’ve never been good at pounding the pavement to line up my next freelance job. I don’t have a salesman aspect to my personality, preferring to passively let work come to me through a recruiter or other contacts. And that’s not the most successful approach.

For me, the cons of freelancing outweighed the pros. The flexibility was good. I could go to a movie in the middle of the day if I wanted. Or hang out with my friends. The problem is, most of my friends are, you know, working during the day. And I’ve spent far too many a late night in front of the computer trying to meet a deadline either because the client didn’t give enough lead time. Or I underestimated the scope of work. Or I’ve mismanaged my time.

Plus, you have to find your own health and dental insurance, which in today’s climate….sucks. A lot. And make your own invoices. Deal with your own complicated taxes. Not saying I wouldn’t go back to it one day, but I’m in no rush. I like structure and if that means I can’t sleep in during the week, then so be it. Because honestly, that’s the best part of working for yourself. The sleep.

So for now, you’ll find me living for the weekend. And often the weeknights. But the workday hours? They’re taken.

9 to 5 movie cast

7 Responses

  1. […] I had a big year, too. I stopped freelancing and started a new job. Then I was recruited for a bigger job. (Thank you, LinkedIn!) I got a new car. I served as the […]

  2. season says:

    Congrats and enjoy! Thanks for the 9 to 5 nostalgia. I’m happy to have that song in my head all day. I loved that movie.

  3. Have to say that, having done both in my long career, the regular paycheck AND the paid vacation pretty much trumped all other factors. Congrats to you for FINDING that job in this economy!

  4. Corrin says:

    Welcome aboard!

    I was the same way. Freelance was good for me up to a certain workload and then I wanted back in an office, stat.

  5. Drew says:

    I share your freelance style: sit back and things will come. (Doesn’t work for me either.)

    Also, I found that taxes somehow hurt more when I have to pay them out of money I made freelancing. When taxes are withheld on a 9-5 job, I hardly notice it.

    Good luck with your new job!

    Drew

  6. Lee says:

    Best wishes on your new job! (And go easy on the Skinny ‘n Sweet!)

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