The Dark Side of Being a Freelancer That Has Made Me Consider Having a Full-Time Job Again

This is not a paradise of freedom.

Desiree Peralta
The Startup

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Photo by Daria Mamont on Unsplash

Two years ago, I left my full-time job at one of the most important banks in Latin America to become a full-time freelancer. Before that, I had had my side hustlers and had done some freelance work, but nothing completely serious until July 2022.

From that moment, I had several regular clients who needed a Software Developer to support them in projects they needed to create or improve; some of these companies offered me 3-to 5-month contracts, and others were up to a year.

One of the things that impacted me the most when I made this change was how different my beliefs about being my own boss were from reality.

I had seen thousands of posts and videos about how becoming a freelancer or business owner was going to be the best thing that would ever happen to me in terms of freedom, money, and especially work methods. And I dreamed of being able to manage my own time according to what I wanted to do in the day.

However, there is a dark side to freelancing that I never considered (and no one really talks about it openly) until I started working on it, and these problems are making me reconsider going back to a regular job again.

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Desiree Peralta
The Startup

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