How much of a cut to expect when going from freelance to full time? I'm already paid W2 in a large global agency for one client only. Want to have some realistic expectations of how negotiations will go.

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FD1, that's actually what I'm hoping for. Maybe $4k above where I'm at now would be perfect for now and cover a promotion I want to get. ED1, I will definitely reach out when we get the official greenlight! I'm absolutely not accepting a 30% cut; that would be well below market rate for my role and unacceptable. Bottom of the market is 25-27% and I know for a fact I'm worth more. I figured I'm already in budget and PTO shouldn't affect pay that much so it really should not budge too much and why I'm determined to at least stay flat. Are there any other benefits I could negotiate (realistically) beyond PTO?

Expect a cut in opportunity too - not just because covid reduced the amount of money and jobs available, but also because you’ll be competing with 10x more recently unemployed freelancers as well.

I'm going from freelance to full time in the same opportunity I have thankfully. I'm not a freelancer by choice so I definitely lucked out. Just needed to be contract to start.

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