If any of you out there are freelance journalists, want to be freelance journalists or get to work from home, you’ll probably understand where I am coming from when I say it is sometimes hard to get people to take you seriously. For some reason, I have seem to spend a lot of time convincing people that I have a “real job.” In the eyes of some, you don’t have a real job unless you get up in the morning, get ready, sit in rush hour traffic and do the whole 9-to-5 thing. I get a paycheck, I have clients and I don’t sit in rush hour traffic. In my eyes, I have a very real job.
Here are some of my favorite parts about working from home:
- I make my own hours. If I have a doctor’s appointment, need to run errands or just have something fun to do, I can work my schedule around it. For example, if I want to take Wednesday off and work Saturday for whatever reason, I am free to do so. As long as I meet my deadlines.
- I wear whatever it is that I want. Right now, I am dressed ready for a run. Sometimes I wear my pajamas and don’t even shower until afternoon — yes, I just admitted that.
- I don’t sit in rush hour traffic. I used to spend nearly 2.5 hours a day commuting between traffic and shuttle rides. That’s 2.5 hours of work I get down now.
- I don’t deal with office gossip/drama.
- When it is snowy outside, I don’t have to worry about wrecking my car trying to get to work.
- I work where ever I want. I’ve worked at my desk, in my bed, on my couch, from my dining room table, on the patio, in a doctor’s office waiting room, in Panera, at the beach, etc…I could go on and on and on!
I highly recommend this ready for anyone who wants to freelance!
Now it’s off to see if I can’t comfortably hit two miles of running and then to tackle my freelance to-do list.
Enjoy your Tuesday!