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TRANSCRIPT:Here are a few thoughts on transitioning from staff to freelance and your cell phone number. I'm John Harrington. When you find yourself unexpectedly transitioning from staff to freelance one of the things that people are going to try to reach out to you and talk to you whether they are perspective future employers, friends, colleagues, or even family members, is to reach out to you and call you on your cell phone. Now the problem is if your cell phone belongs to the company, is owned by the company, and the company also owns the number, the likelihood that you can actually walk away with that cell phone number is not very high. Now it's even less if you left the company unexpectedly because somehow you're fired for whatever reason. So the key thing to do is to have that cell phone be a cell phone that you pay for, your company reimburses you for. The company may give you an option to reimburse you for your cell phone or pay for it yourself. Make certain that the company reimburses you for it and not that the bill automatically goes to the cell phone company, excuse me, automatically goes to the company itself. By doing so, that lets you keep your cell phone number when you transition from staff to freelance.
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