Working on your own at home can have its challenges, it is not all about endless cups of tea and just taking off on a day trip on a whim because the sun is out today. As I write I am in my home office, the sun is streaming through the window and I would love nothing more than to hop in the car with the dog and take a trip to the sea. But it can’t happen. I have too much to do. On the plus side though I do have it pretty easy compared to those enduring the 9-5, and here are my top 3 things (today) that I am loving about my job.
1: My Clients
I have pretty great clients and they work in all sorts of fields and live all around the world. One of my main stressors is making sure I get everything just so for a client so receiving feedback and positive communication really is the best part of the job. Along side this is how it widens your world view quite a lot – getting to know some of the cultural differences is fascinating. It is not as good as having a personal connection but the rapidity with which I can communicate with people who are, literally, on the other side of the planet is actually amazing. The world seems pretty small to me now – working with someone in a different time zone has its challenges and it always amuses me to read an email that starts, ‘good morning’, when it arrives with me at 10pm, I’m sure they feel the same way. It has made me feel a big part of a world wide community.
2: New Learning
I am learning all the time in this job. I left nursing over 10 years ago so I love the medical transcription especially being able to read new research and studies and all the new innovations that are coming in. I get to hear all about law, hospitality, criminology, lots of different businesses and academic studies on a whole range of issues. Although it probably all seems a bit run-of-the-mill to my clients I love it! It is all new to me, so really interesting and it stops my brain falling asleep.
3: I work from home
This is a double edged sword: It can be lonely without any colleagues and it can be hard to motivate yourself. That pile of laundry won’t do itself, or the hoovering, so you have to stay focused. That aside I can wake up without an alarm, get a tea, check my emails over breakfast and still be in ‘the office’ by 9am. I can take an hour out to walk the dog, go to the gym, meet a friend for lunch, and reschedule that hour in later in the day. I can be flexible within reason, although this often means having to work extra hours at the end of the day.
On balance I love working for myself, long may it continue!