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Posted 23 December 2003 - 07:49 PM
If you run an online software application as Beth does, I imagine there could be some technical issues that come up from time to time at odd hours.
The only SEO emergencies we have are when Google dumps everyone's site for no apparent good reason! And even then, there's nothing we can do about it in the middle of the night (or even in the morning ) anyway!
Posted 24 December 2003 - 05:15 AM
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Posted 24 December 2003 - 04:34 PM
I'm talking about being available for unscheduled things. I don't mean to imply that you should be there every minute to answer phone calls, but I think it's a good idea to keep a close eye on phone messages and emails and respond promptly regardless of the time of day.
Believe me, I am hardly a workaholic. I take plenty of walks on the beach during the work day.
I'm absolutely sure, Old Welshie, that you provide excellent service to your clients.
Farhan, thanks for the article on OverDelivering. For a minute I thought that they were going to imply that over delivering was a bad thing. One of the mottos that I always try to live by is to provide more service than your clients are paying for (or expecting.)
Posted 24 December 2003 - 06:22 PM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 11:46 PM
The only "customers" who contact me these days designers who resell web space on my servers. And I hear from one or two of them per week, so it's not biggie. Plus I'm getting ready to migrate that business to a firend of mine who is graduating from college next spring and thinks he wants to be a web host. Not that it's not profitable for me mind you, just that I could better use the 2-3 hours per day I spend watching over servers.
Personally, my work schedule revolves completely around the family life. Mainly the daughter's schedule. I always start early because I've found I can get more done. I literally can get a full day's work done before 9am normally. Plus, starting early lets me head off more potential problems with the servers by getting an jump on them before the east coast corporate clients are at the office. I'm typically going from 5:30am or so. Sometimes a bit earlier, sometimes a bit later.
During the school year, throw in a brief break to make the morning school run, and a few errands each day (Bank and PO every day.) Then my "work" day typically ends at around 2pm, when I go to make the afternoon school run. From there on out I may sneak back into the office a couple of evenings per week, but rarely for real work.
During Summer I typically start as early if not a bit earlier, but knock off for the day between 10 and 11 most days. (Read: the daughter likes to sleep in ) I rarely work any afternoons, at least not online.
Problem is that working for myself from home has completely ruined me. I could never work a 9-5 schedule again. I like being able to set my own schedule exactly as I need to on any given day. And take a morning totally off if I need to.
Posted 26 December 2003 - 05:21 AM
Problem is that working for myself from home has completely ruined me. I could never work a 9-5 schedule again.
Amen to that, a few years ago I described my self to a friend as 'unemployable' he was aghast, until i explained that I have my own way of doing things, in my own time, and that, If i was caged by a set schedule my brain would not co-operate.
I have said many times " I don't think I could handle a real job again"
Posted 26 December 2003 - 10:33 AM
I've gotten too comfortable working at home, I think. I'm the type of person who needs pressure. I need deadlines and people counting on me and the stress of knowing there aren't enough hours in the day... isn't that terrible? I've realized I'm too stress-free.
Now, if I have to do my work AND work outside the house, I guarantee I'll get it all done ahead of schedule. I know, it's perverse and bizarre, but I need some structure and stress in my life... for a while. Then I'll appreciate how good I have it and can get back to doing what I do.
I'm also feeling a serious lack of interaction with other adults on a daily basis. I'm a team person, I get my best ideas and inspiration from bouncing things off other people. My 2-year-old makes me laugh a lot, but she's not real helpful when I'm looking for an angle on copywriting...
I am a sick type-a personality.
Posted 26 December 2003 - 11:01 AM
Posted 26 December 2003 - 11:07 AM
I haven't decided to do it yet... just facing the fact that I probably need to. Winter is slow around here, the kids are in school, if I'm going to do it, now is the time.
Posted 26 December 2003 - 02:21 PM
I'm perfectly happy working in the house, all alone, for days and weeks at a time, but long ago realized that being happy with it isn't necessarily the same thing as it being healthy for me. Without "something" more challenging, I very quickly grow stale and soon after that grow unproductive.
Six years ago, I started teaching two nights a week at a local community college. If you want a little stress, getting up in front of twenty strangers will usually do it. I only taught credit-level classes for three semesters, because I didn't like the 15-week commitment (especially when all the semesters tend to overlap winter!), but I met a lot of educators during that time and have since made arrangements with six other colleges and universities to teach 1-, 3-, and 5-day classes on a periodic basis. It usually averages two or three days a month, but it really does the trick for me.
There's nothing like a good shot of adrenaline to make life more enjoyable.
Posted 26 December 2003 - 04:24 PM
Then get on a bike and ride it in anger on a track at 160mph, all the adrenalin you will need lol
There's nothing like a good shot of adrenaline to make life more enjoyable.
I agree with the working as well thing though, I am also looking to somehow teach (with my English it is going to have to be lecturing though).
Work is great but it is not as challenging as it could be, nor is earning money as satisfying as helping other people achieve.
Posted 26 December 2003 - 05:48 PM
I get a distinct sense you would really enjoy teaching. Yea, it can very satisfying and immensely rewarding. But perhaps just as importantly, it's a great way to find a new audience for old jokes.
Posted 26 December 2003 - 06:43 PM
But back to this work thing...
I agree that, after 10 years of self-employedom, I'm also totally unemployable now, but not just because of the 9-5 routine, more because I am now truly in charge of my life. Even as the MD of a successful company, I always had shareholders, other directors, staff, and awkward but profitable customers to satisfy, and that always involved politics and compromise.
Now, I can do exactly what I enjoy with only my clients to answer to - and these are clients I actually enjoy working with too.
And as to the challenge thing - no problem with that either. Because every year, I set myself a new related topic or discipline to get involved in and begin to master - which is exactly how I started in SEO two years ago. So I do what I enjoy and get the adrenalin from the challenge of re-inventing myself and adding new skills each year.
What could possibly be better??
Posted 29 December 2003 - 07:37 PM
Now I'm back to my own thing for the last 3 years and am again enjoying having full control to do things that way I want to do them. I must say that having previously walked in the shoes of my current prospects and clients really makes a big difference in being able (now) to build rapport and relate to their needs. I don't think I could be as effective if I had never taken the job as the cog in the big company.
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