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Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing



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Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing

I suspect you started as a freelancer a couple of years ago. You started pretty much from nothing but basic skills and you have grown and developed over the years.

You are now capable of handling multiple projects in your own niche and area of skills, you have a nice list of long-term clients and somehow you also find room for new ones and short partnership.

Maybe you even reached a point where you have your own web pages that produce an important part of your online income. Because of this you also start hiring other freelancers to reach your desired goals and maybe even outsource some of your services.

In essence, you are a successful freelancer! You work from the comfort of your own home, making your own schedule and being your own boss, to top everything off you also earn a decent amount of money from all of this, a lot more than your friends and family members, it doesn’t really get better than this when it comes to freelancing.

But would you give it all up?

Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing

Would you accept a job in a successful web development agency?

Let’s offered salary is a half of what you earn but working a 9-5 job gives you plenty of time to do some freelancing on the side and you will probably end in the same place from a profit point of view.

Would you do such a transition? I think that having direct working experience in a real agency goes a long way in my opinion; it’s like a safety net. I personally don’t want to reach 30 years of age and the only experience I have on my CV would be freelance, I need additional experience that will ensure getting a real job position.

What about you, are you afraid of the future? Do you think having real work experience matters? Would you want to freelance all your life?

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TommyCarey

I guess we all start off as freelancers and once we get big enough we decide to become the agency that we don't want to work for. I know that's what happened to me and now I run a group of freelancers Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing But I'm the fun boss... if you get your sh*t done!!!! Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing

Anyway, I think that the security blanket of having a 9 to 5 is a good thing, but if I'm making more than I could at the day job I would stay working as a freelancer. If a company can't match what I'm currently earning then there's really no point to sign the contract to have a boss when I can do it all myself with less stress. The only benefit of working for a company is that you don't have to do everything, which can get tedious at times. There have been certain situations where I just get completely swamped with work and there aren't enough hours in the day for me to finish what's needed. And this is with the freelancer pals I have in my pool of talent. They'll have a lot of work on their hands and can't take on any overflow from me, so now I have to do it myself. But I love it since I don't have to tell a boss that I'm behind Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing

One of the biggest things that I don't like is that I would most likely have to travel. I've actually been offerred some pretty nice jobs to just do optimization for a companies website. I was going to get paid salary, have benefits, 2 weeks paid vacation, and possibly a company car... but I couldn't travel because it would be too much to uproot my family and go across the country for a job I might only be at for a year Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing If big companies would just let me work remotely I'd probably be making much more per a year just doing SEO and not having to run a company, which would be really nice Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing But I would have a boss Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing

I don't think I could give up the freelancer lifestyle, I'm too addicted lol Working for a web development agency Vs Freelancing




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Cristian

This begs the question: Why don't big companies accept people that work remotely? They always want people to actual, be present in the office for some reason. You can basically do everything on skype as far as communication goes.

Plus, working in an office is way more inefficient and I always get a lot less job done compared with me staying home. I never understood that when it comes to big multinational companies, having everyone in the office.




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Lynne

Well I had an employee that could have worked remotely... if I trusted her to do her job properly. Even working on location she landed up screwing me over. I suppose the issue with working remotely for a company is how do you control what work employees do? It is a lot easier to see who is doing what when they are sitting in front of you.

Having a remote employee would have benefited me much more but I am not going to pay someone for hours worked that they never did.




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idealmike

Ah you should have made this a VS on ST. Or you still can. I think it would be a good one. Just like most things when it comes to freelancing though, they both have their own pros and cons. They both have their own perks and benefits to doing either of them. Working as a freelancer isn't quite as guaranteed as working for an actual company though. If you're working for a company, you've got the guarantee there that you'll bring home the same amount of bacon each month but there's no such guarantee as that with freelancing. Especially if you're a rookie freelancer who doesn't yet have many clients or sales and experience under your belt. Although that said, later on down the line when you do, and you are doing more things and have multiple revenue streams set up, it can be more profitable to work as a freelancer instead. But again of course, as you've pointed out, freelancing as good as it can be isn't really a secure job that's guaranteed for life. Not unless you do have many multiple revenue streams set up for life and they don't dwindle and fade away and stop you earning. But there's a lot more security and prospects too I might add working for a company and you can go more places within that company and work your way up.




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Lynne

I wouldnt work for someone else again. Not remotely and not in an office environment either.

The thing is that my number one priority is my family - my children. If I work for someone else they will expect me to make my job my number one priority and it wont ever be.

I need to be able to make my own decisions when it comes to my family and my time, not be dictated to by a boss when my working hours are and whether I can take some time off to look after my kids during holidays or when they are sick... and sometimes there is a just a time when I feel I need to give one of my children a little extra attention so I keep them home and focus on them. Explain that to a boss?




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Cristian

You are really doing something great Lynne, staying home with the kids but also working a creating a income. You are like wonder woman! I would love if my wife has some freelancing skills to do the same after our kids will be born.




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