The good-and the bad-of a solo PR career

Sick to be back at your desk? Maybe you should try going solo. Here, the author explains the pros and cons of taking the plunge.

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In those two years, I’ve learned a ton. I’ve had incredible opportunities to work with smart people. I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve definitely made a lot of mistakes, and I’m looking forward to making a lot more in the years ahead (and learning from them, and putting the lessons to good use for me and my clients).

Along the way, I’ve made some observations—noticed a few things about what I’ve found gratifying about the solo/small-business lifestyle and what I’ve found challenging. First, the pros:

Flexibility. Without question, this is one of the biggest upsides for me. With two kids, flexibility is a necessity for me. I walk my son to school each day and pick him up. I’m basically offline from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day to hang out with my family. But that also means the workday doesn’t end at 5 p.m. I’m frequently online at night and during many weekends. No surprise, but worth calling out. No banker hours with this job.

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