I love looking out the window in the dead of winter at 20 inches of snow, topped by ½ an inch of ice and knowing I don’t have to go anywhere…
No coat, no car keys, no struggle to get down our 140 foot driveway…just the heavy questions of what type of tea to drink and how soon my oatmeal will be ready. I can do all of my work inside – research, interviews, even photo-gathering. I can start at 5AM or 5PM. I can break for 5 minutes or 5 hours, surf the net, talk on my phone or pet my puppies.
No one hovers over my shoulder telling me how to do the very job they hired me to do in the first place. No co-workers shuffle from foot to foot while explaining why their bit of the project isn’t done yet using excuses that usually run in one of three veins:
1. Didn’t really understand what it was I wanted them to do.
2. Understood what it was I wanted them to do but didn’t know how to do it.
3. Didn’t like what it was I wanted them to do so they did something else.
Believe me, after 35 years in the world of business, I have heard every lame excuse for not doing the work you are being paid to do. And frankly, it is a joy to get up every morning knowing I don’t have to listen to one more lame reason for taking the money and not doing the job.
One other bonus that I especially love — being able to listen to some of my favorite shows like Inspector Morse – running in the background, warming my heart and reminding me about the wit, intellect and humor of Colin Dexter.
I may not make as much money as I did in the corporate world but I must say there is a whole lot to be said for working from home. Think I’ll just go make another cup of tea.