Even when there are benefits of freelancing, we cannot ignore the challenges that come along. Being a freelancer, you have been developing your skills and creating your personal brand, but now you feel that it’s time to go back to a full-time job. Maybe the employee benefits that companies provide these days have inspired you, or maybe the desire to go social again has tempted you to return. Whatever the reason may be, you have to consider some aspects before making the move.
Here are some of the points that you need to consider before going back to full-time employment for one of your clients:
Get a valid reason for making the move
Before you move from freelancing to employment, you should have a reason that is good enough to make the move and to convince the employer to hire you.
As you will be moving to employment, your employer might be wondering why you took this decision. So, to make sure that your employer gets a clear-cut and well-defined answer, you can include your reason in the cover letter itself when applying for a job.
Re-learn the way you communicate
As a freelancer, communicating is really simple. All you need to do is send updates on the projects and deliver the work before a pre-decided deadline. If you submit your work on time, you are good to go.
On the other hand, when you are a part of a team and are a full-time employee to the company, you need to loop many decision-makers in your emails. You need to communicate with other team members to get your work done, especially when you are working as a team on some particular project.
When you were your own boss, you decided your own working hours or preferred to work in your most productive hours. You used to earn on the basis of projects that you complete within the deadline. But that’s not the case when you need to work for someone else, you need to make sure that you are the most productive during your work hours and are ready to take on tasks other than your core duties.
When you work as an employee, you may be assigned tasks that are not part of your core responsibilities but are part of your work. So at the end of the day, your output may seem like a lot less than you used to get as a freelancer, but you need to consider that all those other activities are also part of your workday and you need to redefine productivity considering those factors.