Recently, I lost my largest bread-and-butter publishing job due to a lack of revenue stream at the publishing house employing me. For me, this required me either to drum up some serious new business and fast, or look for a more, well, conventional job. Now, I love freelance editing and writing. I love when a mother of five sends me the manuscript it took her ten years to write and hires me to copyedit it for her. I love when I land a writing gig that allows me to research and write about a topic of interest to me, like food. But freelance is hard, and sometimes scary. I don’t get to sit back and wait for work, nor do I have the security of a consistent and regular paycheck. When the bottom drops out of a big contract, the responsibility is mine to find a new source of income. So the other day, after losing my big contract, I needed to make a list of the reasons I love working at home. I needed to remind myself just how lucky I am to have skills that translate well to a home office.
Since we live in a piss-poor economy right now, I suspect others of you may be in need of these reminders, too. Or a good laugh. And nothing is funnier than what a freelancer does at home alone all day.
- Every day is pants-optional.
- Homemade breakfast and lunch is par for the course, and money-saving!
- Every day is makeup-optional. ‘Cuz, who are you trying to impress?
- Sleeping until 10 a.m. and working until 1 a.m. is an option.
- If the craving for brownies or fresh-baked bread strikes, no problem!
- Talking to yourself is not a sign of madness if no one’s around to hear.
- Going for a walk in the sun does not require prior permission (unless you live in my scary neighborhood!).
- No commuting costs or stresses.
- No office politics, just occasional bad (and temporary) clients.
- If I dun wanna, I dun hafta. Nobody can force me to take a contract that requires, say, writing 20000 words on getting big booby plastic surgery to keep a husband interested.
See, this may be a short list, but for me, it’s everything. I may, and have lately, worked 12 and 16 hour days, but I’m happy. I don’t have to deal with an unpleasant or incompetent boss (in fact, I’ve been particularly lucky in that respect: I’ve had GREAT bosses!), I don’t have to fight the Seattle traffic every morning and evening. I don’t have to pack my lunch the night before or spend $8 a day on it. And, why lie about it, my favorite advantage is probably going pants-free most the days of the week.
Do you work from home or want to work from home? If so, what additional advantages have I missed?