I Moved From Freelancing to a Full-time Job

Why and how and when and who?

In October 2020, I wrote about my feelings when thinking about moving from full-time freelancing to a more traditional full-time job.

I talked about how I wasn’t trying to build an empire, that I started freelancing simply because I wanted to be a writer and editor and entrepreneurship was the best way at the time for me to reach that goal.

And it worked!

As I state in that article:

“In these 4 years, I have achieved many dreams: becoming a published author (4 times over!), becoming traditionally published, mentoring and coaching new freelancers, meeting tons of amazing entrepreneurs, writing a comic book, becoming a manuscript editor, working from home, coaching authors, and so much more.”

Funny enough, just a month or so after I wrote that article, I accepted a full-time position — as a Managing Editor.

But it’s March…

Yes, it is. I didn’t write about it immediately because I was adjusting. I wanted to make sure it was the right choice before I just announced it.

It’s been a little over 4 months since I started this job, and I love it.

There is, of course, the stability and easing of pressure that comes from being an employee. There are medical benefits, paid time off, and other perks.

But more than that, the things I love most about freelancing — the flexibility, working from home, and doing what I enjoy — are all still there!

I work fully remotely, as does everyone who works for the company. My boss is extremely hands-off and lets me run my team the way I think is best. He and the rest of the leadership listen to the employees and institute changes when we ask for them. They go to lengths to make sure they are being reasonable, fair, and good to their people.

When I ask for something that would make my team better (so far at least), I’ve gotten it. I got too busy and asked for a full-time editor on my team — they hired one. I asked for a new freelance contract for my contractors — I got it.

What’s my favorite thing?

All of that is great. But you know what the very best part of my new job is?

The people.

Freelancing and then the pandemic on top of it has made me incredibly isolated, bored, and lonely.

For the first time in YEARS, I have coworkers!

And even better, they’re all really rad. The company is growing fast, and everyone is great. We all get along well, personalities mesh, and we even have been doing virtual happy hours to hang out together.

I don’t know how the owners did it (maybe the extensive interview process…) but they’ve put together an incredible team of people who all just…get along and actually like each other.

Despite geographical differences, we’ve all been joking about all the things we’ll do when we can get together someday post-COVID. Karaoke, batting cages, escape rooms, ice skating, you name it.

Many of us are around the same age and the weird thing is that several of us all mentioned how this job came along at exactly the right time in our lives.

So, what am I doing?

I am the managing editor of a contractor team. My company manages websites and blogs and my team writes most of the content for them.

My job is to recruit, test, and hire new contract writers, work with them to improve their writing, assign posts to them each week, track posts and metrics, organize posts by site, edit all content, help with writing at times, and push it through to publishing and monetization.

When I started, there was one single contractor writing a lot. Now I have over 15 people writing for my team! We published over 125 posts last month (for multiple sites)!

I really like this job so far.

I am fully remote and work whatever hours I need to get my work done. I can still be flexible and work in my pajamas!

But what about writing?

I still am doing a bit of freelancing on the side. I have a couple of projects lined up, but nothing humongous and only one (maybe two) at a time.

The best thing so far about taking a regular job has been that I have a lot more time for personal writing projects.

My kid’s book!

When I was freelancing, it just didn’t make SENSE for me to spend time, energy, and money writing and publishing books and things that didn’t directly relate to my business. I had to focus on things that would market and promote me and bring in new clients. It’s part of the game.

But now I can take my time to have fun with completely unrelated writing projects. In February, I published a children’s book — something I’ve wanted to do for years! Next month, I’ll be publishing a really cool journal for anxious people.

And who knows what is next? That’s something neat…there doesn’t HAVE to be something next. It can just come to me whenever. And I can just do it!

Check out my book Concept to Conclusion: How to Write a Book and learn everything you need to know to conceive of, outline, write, publish, and market a book!

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Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com

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