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Discussion on: Why I Gave Up Freelancing to Become an Employee 😱

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Austine Amani

Freelancing can be a pain sometimes, the loneliness is real. Although for me after freelancing for 4 years, I felt I couldn't really scale my income based on limited time in a day, plus I have to do everything by myself - So I started my own agency and hired people to assist me. This was the balance I needed. I still code on a daily basis but only on projects I'm passionate about.

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Jamees Bedford Author

That is definitely a dream for many people. I think that if I was going to give it a go again it would definitely be with the intention of at some point employing people. That would probably alleviate most of the problems I was facing.

How long did it take you to get from solo-freelancer to having an agency? How was hiring people? Would love to hear more about your process.

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Austine Amani

I freelanced for about 4 years, last year august i got an office space. My first staff was actually a newbie, i had to teach him javascript, vue, he picked up nuxt.js and react by himself ( See our last project 2dotsproperties.com built with rails backend and nuxt frontend) . My second staff was a UI designer, he was great from the first day, although i still had to mentor him ( I was a sketch guy, he had only used XD we ended up switching to XD full-time).

Hiring people was hard man. I could only get newbies, so i had to train literately every one of my staffs by myself mostly during weekends we build side projects. Things has gotten smoother now, the old staffs trains the new guys.

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Jamees Bedford Author

That's really nice that you invested people who are now training people up though! I bet it has been so satisfying to see your staff grow in skillsets.

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Austine Amani

😊 Very satisfactory.