Post # 1
After much soul-searching and considering what is best for us and our future family, I’ve decided to go back to being an employee of an organization rather than run my firm full-time. I won’t close shop but will consider my firm’s income as secondary. I do bring in a considerable income but it’s highly unpredictable and is burning me out at the moment.
Perhaps when we have children I’ll want the time freedoms that being self-employed allows. I’ll never complain about sitting by the pool in the summer taking calls or dropping everything to head to the salon. But the instability and constant need to acquire clients is killing me. Once upon a time, I was a killer at this. But other things are on my mind more and more lately.
I work in a bit of a niche market and there aren’t a ton of jobs in my field. However, I have found several that would seemingly be perfect and in good locations, too. I got a call for a phone interview today for one of them and I am SO excited! Even if it doesn’t work out, at least I’m seeing some movement.
Has anyone else gone through this? I’m worried potential employers will have some prejudices against me for being self-employed for several years. However, I know the pluses of having had that experience and can articulate it well.
Post # 3
I have not done that myself, but am actually trying to do the opposite myself. I just wanted to wish you luck that whatever you choose to do works out! I’m sure if you can articulate your experience and what you’ve learned, it can only help in a job interview 🙂
Post # 4
RedAngelDreamer I am *so* happy you posted this question. I don’t have any advice but this is something I’ve been grappling with myself. I am currently self-employed and while I like having the freedom to control my own schedule (for the most part) I’m not doing as well as I want to.
It’s also hard for me to find clients, and I become so depressed after I’ve completed a deals.
I’ve been thinking I’d take the plunge after the new year and find an office job, but it’s honestly a little nerve-racking.
I’d also love to hear other peoples experiences!
Post # 5
@waitinginSF: I think what really pushed me over the edge was doing my taxes this past week. I’ve had my corporation for almost two years now, so that was the first corporate tax return I’d done. I guess up up until then I hadn’t realized that I wasn’t really making that much more than I had been as an employee. Given all the extra work I do to maintain my business, it doesn’t feel worth it anymore.
At first I felt a little bad about abandoning my business full-time, but I’ve come to terms with it.
Post # 6
@RedAngelDreamer I can absolutely see why doing your taxes would push you over the edge. I sat down and went through all the money I had been spending on maintaining/running my own business versus what I was brining in and like you I just didn’t see how the ends justify the means.
I’ve come to realize that I could probably secure an office job for a similar amount of money and on top of all that I wouldn’t have to figure out where my next client was going to come from or worry! I’d just be able to show up to a job, work, and then go home.
Are you worried more about securing a good job, or what the transition will be like going from having a flexible schedule to a specific schedule?
I’m worried about both to be honest. I end up working from home a lot and I really love it. I’m also really motived by wanting to start a family in the coming years and therefore wanting something more stable for the time being. Plus, I had always thought that running my own business would be an ideal situation as a mother, but I’m not sure it is the case in my industry. I end up working a lot of nights and weekends.
Post # 7
I’m not terribly worried about securing a job that pays well. I’m in government relations and public affairs. I’m about 10 years into my career, so the pay rate is high at this point.
The only thing I worry about is the amount of time it may take me to find something as there aren’t many jobs in this field at the best of economic times. Thankfully, my SO is very supportive of me finding something that makes sense, no matter how long it takes.
In the meantime, I’m not above temping and what not.