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I work for an asshole
I work for an asshole
PrincessKarma left a comment on Sporadic posting which got me thinking.
I continue to maintain that I will NEVER work for someone else EVER again.
I know, 'never say never', but I can't see any point to working for someone else.
Good things about working for myself
I have autonomy. Providing the work gets done I decide when and how.
I decide what my work is worth, if the client doesn't agree then I work for someone else.
I can work nude (when I'm home that is, tends to scare clients if I'm at their offices )
The money - it is SO much better paid than any full-time job.
I can work for as many or as few clients as I like, which varies the work I do.
I decide what work I do, what training I need, what equipment I need to do my job. I do not have to wait for some jerk to decide (well, I guess I do, but not some OTHER jerk) whether I REALLY need that new laptop, or that software package.
My income is entirely dependent upon my abilities, which means I get a sense of achievement from being able to 'stand on my own two feet', and I know that I earned what I have.
Bad things about working for myself
Dealing with company accounts and paperwork.
Marketing work, finding new clients.
Long periods away from home. (Then again, I live alone, and I'm getting used to it after what five years.)
Long hours. (But that's a personal choice, so I guess it's my own fault, I don't HAVE to do them.)
My boss is an asshole.
Good things about being an employee
Urm. Nope, can't think of any.
ooh, wait - paid holidays (nope, that doesn't work because at the end of the day the pay sucks and you only get a few paid days leave).
Oooh, ooh - Health plan. (Nope doesn't work either, some corporate monkey has put together a big ol' package that you hope covers you and yours. Me, I have a tailored health plan and my own company pays the bills, so I get health cover AND I know it suitable.)
Ah ha! Pension. (Yeah, like I don't have a retirement plan. I don't know anyone working permanently that has an employee pension that comes even close to what I need or have.)
Bad things about being an employee
Someone else decides what you're worth - and they're usually wrong.
Someone else has complete control over your career. They decide what training you get, whether you get promoted, what work you do, when and how you do it, and what equipment you should have to do it.
Your job is no more safe than a temporary or contract employee, but you get paid less. (Used to be the case that job security was a compelling argument for being an employee, but nowadays companies hire and fire without a second thought, so job security is no longer available.)
Employee of the Month awards. (These type of award schemes are just insulting everyones intelligence. Rather than actually improve the working environment employers run "Employee of the ..." rewards schemes. They're cheap, and they "show we care". Bollocks. They're all just a hoax. I would never work for a company that ran such a scheme, it shows above all else that they don't give a shit about their employees.)
10/31/2005 4:30 pm
I've been freelancing as a translator since I was 16. It's nice to be your own boss, but at 32 I find myself needing a steadier income which freelancing cannot provide me in this country. I hope to be able to supplement a fixed income with additional work in order to save for traveling.|