Any former freelancers who decided to move to traditional employment?

I have been doing freelance since I finished University. 8 years now. I really liked the flexibility and opportunity to work on different projects and people, but my enthusiasm is wearing thin. I'm currently updating my cv and setting up my LinkedIn profile, but it's hard to "prove" my experience, and many projects I worked on are private.

I am not sure if I can mention the companies I worked for, or how do to it... Feeling lost and doomed to keep freelancing.

Anyone made this transition before? How did you do it?

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    Build a portfolio side project that can show case your current skill set. Contact former clients and ask for permission
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    I did the same but for a little more than 2 years and took a job. After I took a real software development job my skills improved dramatically. I'm glad I did it and now I'm ready to go back to freelancing, but I'll first need to secure an income source which is the toughest part.
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    It was like that at first for me. Most people wanted to see my previous work, but being company internal level apps makes it difficult. Which is why I required a combination of luck and puppy eyes.

    :V it worked.
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    I might do the opposite: go from company work to freelancing/self-employment. Do you have any advice for me?
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    @shellbug Sure thing! These are crucial: 1) Prepare a good contract to protect yourself from exploitative and evil clients. 2) Prepare yourself to switch between multiple functions like customer service, sales/marketing, accounting, etc. 3) Understand what taxes you need to pay so you aren’t completely in the dark, including self-employment issues, expenses, and retirement contributions. 4) Embrace the entrepreneurial spirit!
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