One of the greatest things about freelancing is that it gets you in close, long-term contact with people who hire.
I’m always hearing stories from other freelancers about being offered full-time work or great positions they find out about because of their existing connections–Freelancing is networking (which is one of the big reasons I believe new graduates should give it a shot, even if they don’t have long-term aspirations.)
One of my blogging clients has been looking to bring someone on full-time to handle their online content. The offer was for what would be a pretty high position in a growing organization and it turns out my work with them has been a kind of long-term interview.
As much as I do sometimes miss the security of a settled position, I decided to turn it down.
I love my life as a freelancer. My health has improved, I feel less stress, and perhaps ironically, I feel more secure knowing that my future isn’t tied exclusively to the well-being of one company or organization that isn’t really worried about mine. I’ve come to view working for one employer as a gamble…betting my health, mental well-being, income, and life on something or someone who does not care. It’s simply a risk I’m not ready to take again.