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