I’m a born free-lancer, a self-driven professional, and I thrive on working on my own terms. Throughout the years I have tried several times to go to a job in an office, with a schedule. It was terrible. Being task-oriented, if I had nothing to do, or I finished early, sitting in a chair waiting for it to be time to leave, pretending to be busy, was torture.
Having to be somewhere at 9 a.m. every single day, day in day out, was never my thing. I burned out fast, and in a few months, excused myself from the position and offered to - once again - be a consultant or a free-lancer.
Of course, my boss would not understand that I was willing to sacrifice a steady paycheck, for the uncertainty of freelancing and the solitude of working at home. But, for someone who is used to hustling, to feeling the high of getting a gig, the satisfaction of delivering it on time and receiving the check in the mail, a steady paycheck was not enticing enough to constrain me to a cubicle job. Not even if I liked the job itself.
Working from home, I’m more productive. I don’t shoot the breeze at the cooler, so when I say I work 5 hours straight, I mean it. No chit-chatting with my fellow co-workers, no getting sidetracked or interrupted. Plus, I enjoy solitude. How else can you write?
Most people are not like me. They need the structure of 9-5, the hands-on directions from their bosses, the interaction with their colleagues. Me … I’d rather get the job done.
But, what happens when you don’t have a choice? What if your new job requires that you work at home when you’ve never done it before? I suppose it takes getting used to …. I’ve been doing the working from home deal for 30 years now, and I love it. But if you’re new to it, you may need some structure and some tips to make it easier on yourself.
That’s why I wrote the post titled How to work from home and enjoy it. If you have just joined the ranks of the self-employed and the home-based professionals, welcome! It can be very rewarding. In my case, it’s the only way …
By Lorraine C. Ladish, Managing editor of VOXXI MUJER @lorrainecladish @voxximujer