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Posted 03 November 2003 - 03:30 PM
Another thing is cabin fever. I get really tired of this house! When he was still going to a job every day, he just wanted to rest at the end of the day and I wanted out. But since we both get sick of it, we plan short trips every so often and actually eat out more than we used to.
There's no "shifting gears" either. I used to have a work mindset and a home mindset and now it's both, all the time. Hard to ever rest when you have work and housework always right under your nose. It's really important for me to get away every now and then- seminars and conferences really help to adjust my attitude.
Posted 03 November 2003 - 08:41 PM
One more point that I feel is worth raising though... In this day and age, it's very acceptable for your customers to know you work from home. In many cases, telecommuting is actually favored, like in Phoenix where it's a good thing to do, because cutting out a commute will help the filthy air. But I caution: do your best to NOT let your clients and co-workers/subcontractors know that you work from home if at all possible. I've found that once these people know I work from home, they won't hesitate to call me at 8:30 at night, because they know I'm there. I tend to not answer my business line after 5, but they KNOW I'm there, and they feel like their problem is important. So, they'll call and let it ring until voicemail, then hang up and do it again, and so on until I finally just answer it. Or, another twist, if they happen to get my voicemail during the day, they'll leave me some message like 'haha, you must be taking a nap'. And, certain people call me regularly in the morning, and ask if I'm still in my pajamas. Of course this is really tacky of them, but you can't tell a customer they're tacky. So now, I avoid letting them know if at all possible.
Also, definitely have a separate phone line. Don't even use your family phone number for faxes, it's just not worth skimping there. And, if at all possible, make sure that the area designated for your office isn't used for anything else at all. We have a small house, so I've set up camp in the guest room. Every time we have family in town, I'm late to start, and I feel like I'm intruding in someone's room.
But really, working at home is just the bees knees, it's great, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Posted 04 November 2003 - 12:13 PM
Here's one really nice thing - last night I had trouble sleeping (Mt. Dew, maybe?) so I hopped out of bed at 4:00am and worked for an hour. That put me right back to sleep and I got an hour's worth of productivity. 7:30 came around, got up, showered and started the day an hour ahead of schedule.
I'm w/ Scottie though - I get cabin fever. I just gotta' get out every once in a while. (I don't really have a horsey, I just thought that was funny.) It's probably a bit easier for me. I live right downtown and can literally walk across the street to get food, quick visit a friend at an office, etc...
Posted 04 November 2003 - 12:48 PM
totally agree, when a customer says to me, 'I rang you last night, out were you?' i ALWAYS reply, ' no i was in but i dont answer the office phone after hours, it could ring all night, but once i finsh work i finish work, otherwise i wouldnt get ANY time to myself.
they won't hesitate to call me at 8:30 at night, because they know I'm there.
They take the hint, and if they take offence then i lose a customer that expects me to be at their beck and call 24/7 which 2b frank i do not want.
Posted 04 November 2003 - 02:13 PM
So starting next month, I will only be working at home...no "backup" security net of a job on the outside...even if it was part-time, it was income.
I'm happy, excited, and a bit scared. And have enjoyed reading the advice and comments of others here. It's VERY reassuring.
Posted 04 November 2003 - 02:22 PM
Buy books, and buy leather bound books, that way when the income dries up, at least you will be able to keep warm with the pages in the hearth, and make a soup of some kind from the dead animal skin covers.
That is my contingency plan anyhow..
Posted 04 November 2003 - 03:31 PM
So. I'm really unhappy and am seriously considering diverting some of my attention from my current attempt to start a new business to looking for a new job. I hadn't wanted to, but I haven't built up my practice enough yet to leave, but am finding it more and more actually painful to come to work every day. And the more time I spend whining about it...
Good luck on taking the plunge, Sheri! I wish I could as well, or at least cut back to part-time, but I can't; I'm just not earning any money yet from the writing, and I can't think of a way to make it go faster. And I'm absolutely miserable 9 hours a day, which doesn't help productivity during "me" time. But I hate to have to find an interim job because it's so time-consuming.
So, I've spent an awful lot of time thinking about what it would be like working for myself! I think I've got a pretty good handle on what it entails and I tell you, as long as there is no chewing of tinfoil involved, it'll be like a vacation even if I have to do 60 hours of work a day to make a living. Jeez.
<edit> Er, 60 hours a week. I had intended that to make *sense*...</edit>
Posted 04 November 2003 - 03:34 PM
pooo Bahh my teeth nerves are all tingly now and you brought that horrid memory back to life again TY DL7 NOT lol
as long as there is no chewing of tinfoil involved,
Posted 04 November 2003 - 04:03 PM
What, they did make you chew tinfoil to work at home?
I'll consider it. I mean... how *much* tinfoil chewing is involved? It can't be as bad as what I do now.
Posted 04 November 2003 - 05:45 PM
Please i beg you make the bad man go away
Posted 04 November 2003 - 06:47 PM
No where were we? Ah, yes! - Welcome to the wonderful world of working from home, SheriW. I've worked from home for 10 years now and I absolutely love it - wouldn't want to move into offices even if someone paid me to do so.
Posted 05 November 2003 - 02:19 AM
Thanks for the welcome to the world of entrepreneurship. I'm never looking back, even if I have to stay huddled over the soft flames of a book burning (no, wait, I LOVE books, I'll find some other fuel source, especially since I'm vegetarian and can't chew the leather binding). Maybe old lint balls under my couch...I wonder how they would burn (I'll quit vacuuming under there awhile, just in case).
DL7: over time, as you do work for people, they will tell others. You'll find your business starts slow, then picks up speed over time (like a snowball rolling downhill). I'm sorry your boss is being such a (censored), and hope that you can either a) find a better job with less sabotage or better yet, be deluged with requests for your services, allowing you to laugh mightily at your superior's (or is that "inferior's) antics, telling them exactly what you think of them, secure in the knowledge that you no longer depend on them for income. That's my wish for you, anyway.
Posted 05 November 2003 - 06:08 AM
My wish for me too!!!
I don't want to tell them off so much as I want to, with serenity and dignity, inform them that I have so loathed my time there that I will be leaving as soon as is expedient to pursue an attractive opportunity elsewhere.
>chewing tin foil
Or having ice picks shoved under toenails. I mean, I'm down with whatever it takes. Bring it on.
Always a good idea.
Posted 05 November 2003 - 08:57 AM
no doubt Milton Boon would burn the best, and also be the least loss to literary history, BUT its a paperback so that means no soup al la book.
So am i prepared to go hungry for my love of the classics?
<pass my the soup pan Tracey, its tale of two cities stew tonight>
what about everyone else? what would you have done in my position? (apart from Sheriw that is as a paperback would have been her choice for both heating AND dietary needs being a vegan)
Although there is only so much Milton Boon that anyone can stomach
Posted 05 November 2003 - 09:00 AM
Personally, I'd never waste literature for the sake of warmth. But if you're working from home, you don't really need those shoes, do you?
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