I've been self-employed as a patent, trademark and copyright attorney and freelance writer for some time now. Turns out, a law firm wants to bring me aboard. I've worked for law firms in the past (mostly big ones with like 1000 attorneys) and I didn't like it. I like being self-employed - last week I was working at the beach for example. On the other hand, self-employment income fluctuates. My clients get busy, then things die down. And I don't have health benefits apart from what I buy for myself. Law firm offers a salary making more than I make now, and benefits. But they also offer set hours, a certain amount of adapting to their style and culture, etc. So now I'm of two minds about the whole thing. Anyone else done the transition from self-employment back into the world of big business? Is it a hard one to make after you've had the freedom of working for yourself? The stability is attractive. And there are some other lures. But I don't know...a dilemma. In this economy, of course, I'm glad to even have the dilemma with so many people out of work. But still, I'm going to need to make a decision before long in all likelihood.