After ten months of full-time freelance work, I’ve decided to make a change and take a full-time position again.
First, I’ve learned the hard way that running a small business means that you spend most of your time running that business. I don’t enjoy that aspect of self-employment. I’d rather do stuff than run a business.
Second, I miss working as part of a team. Solo work is lonely work. I guess I’m not as much of a misanthrope as I thought. I interact with clients quite a bit, but when it comes down to working on a project, it’s just little ol’ me. I thrive on collaboration.
Third (and perhaps most importantly), I miss the news/journalism business. I sorta backed into it nine years ago, and though some things had gotten in the way of my enjoying it over the last couple of years, I really miss it. I especially like the messy bleeding edge of the news business that is the online/digital/web/”new media” part of it. It’s definitely the future — but no one’s really sure how we’re going to get there just yet. That side of the news business is where I’m going, though in a different capacity than before and with a different company.
I will still freelance some on the side (for both financial and creative benefits), but I won’t be taking on anywhere near the volume of work I have for the last ten months.
I greatly appreciate all of you who supported and encouraged me over the last year. Thanks!