Same Old Same Old (Part 2)

@WorDazza (15833)
Manchester, England
August 21, 2023 3:50pm CST
Today I started my new job. All very new and exciting I hear you say. Well... I got out of bed at the same time and jumped in the shower as I always do. I went downstairs and poured myself a coffee, as is my wont. I then went back upstairs, into the spare bedroom (also serves as an office, laundry drying room, music room and guest room as the need arises) and logged on to the same laptop I've always logged on to and spoke to the same people I usually speak to and continued solving the same problems I was solving previously. You see, my new job is actually my old job. Except I'm no longer freelancing, I'm now a permanent employee. This means I get to carry on exactly as before except I now get paid if I'm off sick or on holiday, I qualify for a reasonably large annual bonus, I also get discounts on the company products (which I can't afford even with the discount!!!) and a fairly substantial contribution from the company to my pension. You wouldn't think I retired at Christmas in 2019 would you??
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@LadyDuck (457356)
• Switzerland
22 Aug
Congratulations, this sounds a good situation and you are not getting bored being retired.
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@LadyDuck (457356)
• Switzerland
23 Aug
@WorDazza That was no luck at all. Also my brother retired at the beginning of 2021, just before Covid lockdowns. He was even less lucky, being a doctor, the hospital called him back to help with Covid patients. A freelancing job from home sounds an interesting alternative to stay at home and get bored.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
23 Aug
@LadyDuck That wasn't a good time to be a health care worker that's for sure. I assume your brother came through it all OK?
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
22 Aug
I think I retired at the wrong time. Three months after retiring we went into covid lockdowns so retirement became very boring. I lasted about 10 months before I was approached for a freelancing job working from home so decided to take it.
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@mayka123 (16584)
• India
22 Aug
I retired last year and am now taking freelancing jobs. I also have a side hustle so don't depend totally on any one job.
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@mayka123 (16584)
• India
23 Aug
@WorDazza It is a pain waiting for contracts to be renewed. Have experienced that. Every year just hoping the contract gets renewed. This was till I got a permanent job.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
22 Aug
That's not a bad way to go and it's really what I intended when I started working again after almost a year in retirement. I thought I could maybe take 3 month contracts here and there with a bit of time off in between but the first company I freelanced for just kept renewing my contract and I was still there after almost 3 years.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
23 Aug
@mayka123 Every year wouldn't have been so bad. It was every 3 months for me.
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@DaddyEvil (137145)
• United States
21 Aug
At least it's something you know how to do and you get paid reasonably well for doing it.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
22 Aug
There are many who would argue with your assertion that it's something I know how to do.
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@DaddyEvil (137145)
• United States
23 Aug
@WorDazza I can certainly understand that... at least it's something you can pretend to do well and get paid for it.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
23 Aug
@DaddyEvil Now you're getting it
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@RasmaSandra (73199)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Aug
Good for you it is always great to get steady pay, Best of luck to you.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
22 Aug
Yeah, I've spent the last 3 years not knowing if I had a job whenever my contract was up for renewal every 3 months.
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@JESSY3236 (18886)
• United States
22 Aug
that's cool.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
22 Aug
It certainly is. My working life hasn't changed one bit and I get all of those extra benefits.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Aug
Hey, what's not to like about that? I know freelancing isn't the same as 'casual' but some people here have been 'casual' workers for a number of years and, of course, aren't entitled to sick leave, etc, etc. They are trying to bring in legislation to counteract this.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
22 Aug
I was getting a bit fed up of going through the hassle of getting new contracts every 3 months and the HR people were always slow to sort it which resulted in a number of 2 or 3 week periods without being paid. When they offered me this permanent job it came with the same 1 month notice period as my freelance contracts so if I get fed up I can easily leave.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Aug
@WorDazza Sounds ideal.
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@wolfgirl569 (94744)
• Marion, Ohio
21 Aug
It's a lot better to get benefits
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
22 Aug
Oh definitely. I always thought the freedom of being a freelancer was great but those benefits are so much better.
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@xFiacre (12612)
• Ireland
21 Aug
@WorDazza Now I'm almost depressed because I refuse to give in to envy.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
21 Aug
I wouldn't get too envious. Sitting at a laptop for 6 hours a day in a small spare bedroom isn't exactly how I envisaged my career going. Thinking of the money certainly helps though.
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@1creekgirl (40396)
• United States
21 Aug
Congrats! Nice to have all those advantages for doing the same work.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
22 Aug
It certainly is. I hate changing jobs so changing jobs without changing jobs suits me just fine.
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