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  • Writer's pictureRenata Bernarde

Self-Employment vs Corporate Life

Episode 196 - The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment vs. Corporate Life

Episode 196 - The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment vs. Corporate Life

Working for oneself or being a part of a corporate setup both have their merits and drawbacks. Having experienced both sides, I find it essential to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each to make an informed decision. In this episode, recorded last year, I share my personal journey, comparing my time as a self-employed career coach with my previous corporate life.

I get asked a lot by my clients what it's like to work for myself. We also discuss this option when working on the client's future goals and career plans. So, in this episode, I wanted to share with you my experience working for myself since 2019, compared with my previous experience being an employee from 2002 until the end of 2018.

Before 2002, I also had my own business from 1993 until 2000 and took a year to study in 2001. You can learn more about my career story by watching or listening to episode number 62 of the Job Hunting Podcast. I have also recorded an episode on how to transition from a corporate job to being a business owner. But this episode is different: it's a comparison of the two different work types and lifestyles. Also important to note as you listen to this episode is that I am based in Australia. So certain concepts discussed here might require translation to fit your local circumstances, especially concerning tax benefits.

There are always pros and cons to every path you take in life. And the decision you make should align with your current life situation. After listening to this episode, you will know that, at times, it was great for me to have my own business, including right now. But there were moments when I craved the stability of a permanent job. There is no definitive right or wrong choice; rather, it's about finding what suits you best.

For those contemplating their future career steps, I hope this episode serves as a helpful guide in exploring the advantages of both self-employment and working for a company.


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