One of the big advantages in being a freelancer is that you don’t have to work in a cubicle and can organize your own time. However, sometimes do to various circumstances you may find yourself working inhouse.
The most important thing to keep in mind when working inhouse is that you are the low man on the totem pole and what is acceptable behavior for the salaried employees may be inappropriate for you. For example chances are that if an employee takes an extra 15 minutes for lunch no one will say anything. You, on the other hand, getting paid by the hour, will be seen to be stealing 15 minutes from your client.
Here’s my list:
Use your company-provided computer for anything except company business
Talk on your cell phone on company time. Wait for a break to make your calls
Park in anyone’s reserved space.
Surf the net while at work
Dress for success. Working in your underwear is fine at home, but is generally considered a no no in an office environment.
Try and get along with everyone. Even if you have to work with some obnoxious jerk, you are only there for a limited period and that obnoxious jerk may have some influence in deciding if you work on the next phase of the project or not. It’s worthwhile making the extra effort.
Be on time for meetings. It makes a good impression.