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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not only the worry of if/when I'm going to get paid that was lead me to seek full time employment once again - it's also other factors like working with others (freelancing can be lonely at times), working closer to the cutting edge and working in a more professional environment. Without being too disrespectful to my former clients, I always felt I was operating at a lower level freelancing. Obv this may just be me, but I'm much happier in my self now and feel I'm back up to speed with the latest developments in my field.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I can understand your point, Mark. Some people say that being self-employed is tough because you're the toughest boss you'll ever find and you have to work long hours in your own business. That wasn't really the case with me. I tended to swan around a lot, doing what I felt like doing at the time.

Working for someone else has imposed a bit more discipline, and more learning opportunities. It's still part-time but it's great for me because I pick up the projects which I want to take, the ones which interest me, and then I do the job - at 4am if I feel like it. If I needed more money desperately, I guess I'd pick up more work and complete it faster. I like the pace I'm going at because it's still very enjoyable rather than being a chore, and I think I do a better job by not being in any rush to finish something so I can send an invoice and get on to the next one.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds Ideal! I need the discipline of being in full time employment too though I think. Gives me focus. When I was was self employed several years ago (playing at being a graphic designer) I used to constantly find myself sorting out my car insurance or taking another extended coffee break - I was far too easily distracted! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Pickering wrote:
...I used to constantly find myself sorting out my car insurance...


I find myself doing this kind of thing and other not-strictly-work-related jobs, too. The thing is, though, they all need doing at some point and, whilst I might do some of them during the working day, I'll make up time elsewhere by working after hours. It's swings and roundabouts, I guess.

I don't drink coffee so don't have the extended coffee break problem. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I know they all need sorting out sooner or later, but now with hindsight I can admit that I was mainly using such things as an excuse to do something other than what I was supposed to be dealing with. Smile

Much happier in a bustling working environment with other people to bounce off (not literally obviously - that would be weird!) Laughing
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