Taking back your ex (employer)

March 13th, 2009

Another call for sources for my ABC News column: I’m hoping to write this week’s piece on employees who get laid off by a company only to wind up freelancing, contracting, temping, or working for them part-time later. If you’ve been laid off from a staff job in the last six months and have since started freelancing or contracting for that same company, I’d love to hear from you. You can be anonymous and I don’t need the company name. Besides sharing people’s anecdotes in the article, I’m looking to give tips, do’s, and don’ts of taking an ex-employer backĀ as a freelancer or contractor. Please email me by Tuesday if you’re interested. Thank you!

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  • 1. Christina  |  June 18th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I just found your site so I know the Tuesday deadline has passed, but this happened to me.
    I got laid off from my job “due to the economy”, but now I’m working 10-20 hours per week for the same company. I can’t live on 20 hours pay so I found another job (full time) and now I’m working 50-60 hours per week…. It’s exhausting, but I can’t seem to find enough work (or maybe I just don’t know how) to do freelance to make up the difference and let the full time job go.
    I’m really excited about finding your site because I’m hoping to find enough freelance work to get out of the grind.

  • 2. Michelle Goodman  |  June 18th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Christina, congrats on all the work. It takes a little time to get the full-time freelance workload going, but you’ll get there.

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