I've been working as a freelance for over 2 years and was quite enjoying it being my own boss and have lots of flexibility. But since the beginning of the year and because I lost a big client, things started to be a bit difficult on the financial side and me and my husband decided for me to look for a full-time job, although I'm not that good with 9-5 office jobs and my work can be done virtually from anywhere (I'm a graphic designer).
Well, I was approached by a client that has a real estate company and since he was very happy with my work, he invited me to start a graphic design company with him, as a director at the company. I was really excited with the opportunity because it is not a merely 9-5 job, but something exciting and challenging.
I've started working 3 weeks ago but due to the way he's doing things I'm started to become really frustrated and annoyed. Since I'm a director, I'm doing ALL the work and I also brought him 2 clients to his new company, I thought I would be more than just an employee.
Well, basically I have a fixed working hours 5 days per week at the office and I'm basically just an employee just like any other employee he has on his other companies (he has several).
But I got really annoyed this week because there's lot of noise in the office (we're using his real estate office at the moment to start this new company) and I need peace and quiet in order to work. So I asked him if I could work from home one day of the week, so I can have at least one day of peace and quiet to work. And also, because I'm a very creative person and I don't function well being constrained between office walls, it's like it kills my creativity!
Well, he basically said no to my request. His argument is that he doesn't want to open a precedent at the office and then have everyone else there asking to work from home too. Well, this doesn't make sense since I don't work for the real estate company, I work for a different company, in a completely different sector and we're just using that office temporarily. So I believe the real reason is that he's a control freak and wants everyone to be at the office available when he needs them. But what really annoys me is that he doesn't have fixed working hours and he comes and leaves at his own wish. Shouldn't he be giving the example!? And also, he even asked me to create the business plan for the company! So if I'm just a regular employee, why do I have to do the business plan, why doesn't he do it since he's the owner?? So for some things, I'm the director and all, for other things I'm just an employee...
Well, this wasn't the way I was thinking I was gonna work with him, especially when it's me doing all the work, I'm the director of the company and I even brought 2 clients with me! And also, I'm having a salary much lower than I should! I'm just starting to think that if it is to work as a normal employee with fixed working hours and no flexibility, then I would be better working for a stablished company where my salary would be much higher than it is!
Well, I'm missing a lot the flexibility I once had working as a freelancer, I'm struggling with having to be so many hours in the office, I feel exhausted just after 3 weeks and I'm really annoyed. And I don't feel the motivation I felt in the beginning either. Shouldn't he understand my request and make it easier for me since I am the one doing all the work? I'm starting to feel that he's taking advantage of me and I don't even know if one day I would have some parnership in the company I'm building!
Sorry for the long story and thank you for reading. I just can't afford to go to freelance now, but if I could I would do it tomorrow! Please give me some sound advice! Thank you in advance.