Whenever I talk about my days in the corporate world, there is always a tinge of reminiscing about my colorful past.
Not that I’m not loving my life now, given that I can manage my time and choose the type of jobs I want as a freelancer, my growth is exponential. But there is a huge jump between working for someone and working for your own.
Here are 5 things I missed when I left the corporate world
Money is one thing I sorely missed when I left my cushy job for freelancing. Starting out as a fresh freelancer is rocky and money isn’t always flowing regularly. Now that I have my own stream of clients, Income is a lot better but I can’t let my guard down because there are always some days that assignments just don’t come in at all, no matter how much you canvass. Jumping the gun and getting anxious will just make things worse.
My Own Office
This might sound frivolous but I love having my own office. Currently, I work in a home office shared with my husband. It is a nice space but because it is shared, I do have to put up with his blasting of music sometimes. Not really conducive to writing. One of the jobs I had, I had a tiny room that just fitted with one small desk with the chair barely had any room to maneuver but the view from my ceiling to the floor window is awesome. I was at 18th floor so I have a clear skyline view of the city.
Another thing about your own office is that you actually get out of the house. When you are away from home, you don’t have to face the piling dishes in the sink, the mountains of laundry and wailing of a bored baby. You can actually concentrate on the task at hand – your work.
Although, yeah, I hate the commute too.
Ah, the good, the bad and the ugly. But seriously after 3 years of talking to my cats and my baby, I kinda of miss holding a proper conversation with an adult on a daily basis. I even missed the gossips. Not the malicious ones, of course. Sometimes, I’m so hungry for good adult conversation (other than mommy chats), I’ll attack my old colleagues and ravish them. Muahahahaha!
Everyone I know dread appraisals but I really think that appraisals are a good thing if it is done professionally and properly. It forces people to think about what they have achieved for the past year and as well as other coworkers’ accomplishments when they are evaluating them.
As a freelancer, you don’t get much feedback. And because it is run like a business, you only get to know if you are good through the number of clients coming back to you. But it can mean a lot of things – like it can be because my service is cheap or they are lazy to hunt for another writer. It doesn’t necessarily mean you are good.
I’m talking about promotions. No such thing if you are working for yourself. Of course, to see your bank account growing fatter by the minute is one way to count as milestones. I do set my own personal milestones so I can challenge myself over and over again. I can never see myself being completely complacent. But it isn’t the same glory as a well-deserved promotion.
So you are a freelancer, do you miss anything from your previous jobs? Or if you are an employee right now, what do you think you’ll miss if you ever leave your job to stay at home?
Come and share with us your thoughts.
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