The never ending question to go full time or stay freelance. For the people who made the switch one way or another, what helped you decide what the best option was for you and your desired lifestyle?

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Money. Once I hit freelance I realized I could work half the year and make what I make as staff somewhere… work the whole year and I can double, maybe triple my income.

Once that happens it’s very, very hard to go back


Yep, I have an llc through which I do my 1099 work, although lately I’ve been sticking to w2 bc I’m horrible at withholding my own taxes


Basically the freedom. I can take time off when I feel burned out and say no to projects if they don’t feel like the right fit. And when I do need to take something that’s purely for the paycheck it’s easier to just separate that out in my mind if that makes sense. All this being said, of course I do need to work enough to meet my financial responsibilities. But once you have your network built up it’s easier to understand the ebbs and flows and for me at least, I feel like I do have the leeway to be a bit pickier.


I’ve been freelance for 5 years.

The money has been comparable to a staff salary over the course of the year, but with fewer days worked.

It’s hard to plan trips months in advance because “you never know.”

You need to get used to training entire teams because you’ll typically be brought in for new accounts.

It’s disappointing when someone runs the numbers and realizes they could afford a staff person. That’s typically how I’ve lost steady clients. Replaced by a staffer.

It’s harder to get a home loan when you’re a freelancer, but not impossible. Your health insurance costs and your tax rate will jump up significantly.

All that being said … I still prefer freelance as I prefer the illusion of freedom more than the illusion of security.

Put the feelers out and then bounce when a project rolls in.


Illusion of freedom vs illusion of security. Spot on with that! I like to say I have freedom bring freelance. But not really. Still strapped to when your meetings are and when bills are due. Whichever makes you feel better I guess.


Freelance anytime. You grow at ur own pace. U are ur own company


Freelance is amazing once you've built up a network of people/agencies that come to you when they need temp help. It can be tricky and hard to build up this network - esp now in summer when it's usually quiet. Fall is the best time as the 4th quarter is usually when biz ramps up. If you don't have a network of people you know who will hire you - Upwork, Aquent, Creative Circle, Facebook (sadly) are all good resources for postings for freelance need.


i would love to make the switch to freelance but idk how

Took the two steps mentioned above. Loved it! Best ‘push’ I ever got in my career up to this point.

Biggest fear for me to jump to freelance is benefits and health insurance. I’m the main provider in my household and everyone is on my insurance. What options are there? Just paying significantly more out of pocket?

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