Originally Posted by Shookone89
Just an update - I'm still here and 50% of my job is commercial art buying (extremely stressful) and 50% is retouch composite work. Clearly starting to feel I'm being taken advantage of - not sure how long I'll stay.
Take a good hard look at your body of work and then take a good hard look at how much you're living expenses are and then you're savings. If everything looks good, bail. I've been working freelance for almost a decade now. I've gotten offers to go in house before, and in this economy, some have looked pretty good (full benefits and 401K if you can believe it), but once you free yourself - the idea of going back is... kinda weird, but good offers deserve investigation. If I were in you're shoes, I'd cut back on living expenses like crazy, spend every weekend working on a portfolio, and save up for as long as you can continue to stomach the current gig. Don't leave until people are showing interest and you gotta turn them away because your day job and you're real future
are at odds with each other. That's when it makes sense to leap. To many people jump with no savings, no leads, no body of work that's good enough, etc... and they wonder why they failed!