Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Self-employed

Today I got up as usual, showered and got dressed for work. The difference was that when it came time to leave for the office, I pulled on my slippers, put in a load of washing and sat down behind my laptop at the dining room table (where the sun shines in through the window).

Yes, this self employment thing has its benefits. Aside from the sound of the washing machine and the builders somewhere in the complex, all is quiet. No incessant phone ringing. No annoying music playing (that always drove me mad at the office). I had done more by 9am this morning than I would normally have accomplished by lunch time at the office.

Of course, it also has its pitfalls. Like yesterday, when TSC was at home trying to study for his geology exam and the once-a-week cleaner and gardener we employ were also here. Between the vacuum cleaner, lawn mower and constant questions (What does argillaceous mean? Where's the tile cleaner? Can I cut this branch off?) I got nothing done. It was infuriating.

I'm guessing that Tuesdays will be my client meeting and outings days in future.

The cats can't quite decided whether me working from home is a good thing or not. On the one hand (paw) they know that I am now at their beck and call all day long. But on the other, they can't get up to mischief without me knowing about it either.

There's two sides to every coin, hey ;-)

14 comments:

po said...

Wow, sounds like things are working out, haha except for the interruptions. I think my biggest issue about working from home would be the constant access to food, I would have to stop buying anything except bread otherwise I would eat it all and be enormous. Food calls to me...

sleepyjane said...

I think you'll settle into a nice routine soon. :)

Paula said...

Sounds more good than bad me thinks. You're right though- everycoin has two sides.

Damaria Senne said...

Good luck, and I hope you get into a nice routine soon.

Shayne said...

I am sure you'll find your routine sooner than later - i love the flexibility that comes with not being in a office, but still getting what you need to done (if not more) in a day.

And what is better than working in slippers!

Shania said...

I often brag about my 5 step commute (kitchen to office). The only downfall I've found after many years of having a home office is that it takes a while to figure out how to leave work and go home. It's very easy to ignore work for one more load of laundry and vice versa, to work 24/7. Try to set up some routine that ends your work day at a reasonable hour.

Love and Stuff said...

Ah working from home, the dream. Although I think I would use most of my day watching E!Entertainment and very little for actual work.

tanyadeville said...

Yay for work in slippers... Its one of my fave things too

Louisa said...

You're doing great! When I work from home I get almost nothing done. Between eating like a race horse, the internet, the maid acting like she can't do anything until I say she can, the "quick errands" for all and sundry who know I'm not at an office and the call of back to bed I might as well just be on holiday without money to go anywhere.

Helen said...

You have my respect, I would rather sit in the lab until midnight than try to work at home. It's awesome that you seem able to focus though!

And i'm sure the cats will figure out a way to get up to mischief without you seeing it :)

Wenchy said...

I wish I could work from home all the time.

Forever Feline said...

He he I can so relate! I thinking working from home is the way of the new world for many positions.

Slyde said...

lol! my office keeps threatening (promising) that i will be able to work from home one of these days...

im not sure how its gonna work out ..

DBAWIW said...

Where are you liking to be?