Monthly Archives: March 2012

Back to the Old Grind – Returning to the Work Force

oDesk Freelancer-RJ Nieto

oDesk Freelancer-RJ Nieto (Photo credit: thumbbook)

If you’re just starting out in the freelance world, you’ll probably hear and read thousands and millions of testimonals on how the freelancing life is so great, freelancers will never want to return to the workplace environment of 9 to 5, cubicles, and rush hour traffic ever again.

But what about those of us who do want to return? Are we bad freelancers?

There seems to be a resounding yes to that question, however I’m not so sure.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that my first official year as a freelancer did not go the way I planned it. Coinciding with my move from one state to a completely different and new state, I fully expected to just freelance for a few months before finding a job and then moonlighting on the side.

Yeah. Did not happen.

However, I did discover that I did enjoy the ability to set my own schedule and thus, when I alleviated the stresses of paying for rent and other bills, made the discovery that I quite like being a freelance writer. Of course, with summer coming up, I have plans on moving back to Colorado, which means I need to ensure that I don’t make the mistake I did moving to the state the first time.

That means finding a job.

What many of these ‘down with corporate work, up with freelancing!’ blogs don’t mention is that many of these pros had financial backing underneath them. Whether it was a working spouse or that of saved income from a well paying job, making the move and sticking with freelancing wasn’t a dire move. But in their defense, they will of course mention that before you jump the job ship, you make sure you can survive.

Personally, I find nothing wrong with freelancing for a while and then getting back into the daily grind. The great thing about our US Great Recession is the fact that freelancing has now become a very lucrative avenue for both individuals and professionals. What does this mean?

It means we could pretty much have our job and freelancing, too, especially when combined together. More and more companies are looking to freelancers to handle positions that would normally involve health insurance and having an actual person in the seat. Freelancers can now be hired to work on a permanent basis with only a few hours or days within the corporate office.

I have found a few different positions that would offer me the same flexibility of schedule, but with a job job pay. Best of all, one of those positions could lead to a permanent employment opp once I move back to Denver. If you’re freelancing, take a look at some jobs, like data entry, tech support, or even reception; in many cases, these can be done at home without needing the office atmosphere.