(Closed) Going back to working for someone after being self-employed

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
70 posts
Worker bee

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 # 6
70 posts
Worker bee

@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. 

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