Some of you know that for the past few months, I’ve been casually looking at full-time job postings. I knew finding the right job would be tough, so I wanted to take my time finding a job that would allow me to further my career, provide the financial stability I want, as well as align with my personal values. And I’m happy to say that as of late last week, I was offered a position with a Vancouver-based high tech company that I just couldn’t refuse. :)
First, let me backtrack a bit because ending my full-time freelancing career was not an easy decision. One interviewer even asked why I wanted to give up what seemed like a perfect location-independent career, and that’s a valid question. As a freelancer, I had the ability to create my own schedule, travel whenever I wanted – and I made more money this year freelancing 25-30 hours/week than I did at my 40 hour/week full-time job last year. It really was a tough lifestyle to give up.
But, working for myself over the last year has made me realized a few things about myself:
I don’t like working alone
It’s funny because I’m not a super social person, but I hated the isolation of freelancing a lot more than I thought I would. I get to network and converse with people online all the time. And often I’ll meet clients and colleagues in person. But it’s not the same as the social interaction of working with people on a daily basis. I miss bouncing ideas off of people. I miss collaboration.
I want to work on bigger projects
As a one-woman show, I’m always working on projects within my budgetary means. But, the high I get from working on projects way bigger than myself is something I’ve been craving more and more.
I miss stability
Knowing you’re going to get paid every other week is something I really took for granted before this year. Like I said, I made more money in 2012 than at my full-time job last year, so it’s not necessarily about the amount of money coming in. It’s the frequency, and the stability knowing that I will definitely get paid. Plus the medical benefits are nice. :)
I miss making more money
In the back of my mind, I keep thinking about how I need to be utilizing my (relative) youth to its fullest potential. Working hard now while I have the energy is going to pay off in the future. So by taking on a full-time job, and pushing my freelancing back into a part-time role, I’ll be creating a potential income level that will help me save significantly more each month. It would be silly of me to waste that kind of opportunity, because I know 10 years from now I won’t want to work 65 hours/week.
So there you have it. This blogger is moving back into the corporate world, and I’m really, really excited about this job. It’s in the high tech field of science and nuclear medicine – something I have no background in, but am extremely eager to learn about.
It’s a big chance to work with a company that aligns with my personal values, and work in a department with seemingly unlimited growth and potential for advancement.
As for freelancing, it will still play a big part of my life. I expected to have to work 40-50 hours/week this year to create the income I wanted for myself. But as it turned out, I only needed to put in as much effort as I did last year. So the idea of moving the 25-30 hours/week back into evening/weekend work is a definite possibility. BUT I will likely be cutting back on the amount of new clients I take in, and potentially scale back on my current projects because this full-time job is going to be extremely challenging.
Of course, this blog will continue as it always has. I expect new life to be pumped into it, because I’ll finally be able to grow my savings and achieve more financially with this added income. :)