Being a business owner is the best thing in the galaxy. It’s freedom, it’s stress, it’s challenge, it’s motivation and it’s no pants all day long. Being a business owner doesn’t always mean you can work from home, but if you have that luxury it can be an interesting journey, to say the least.
While I’ve worked the more common nine-to-five, Monday through Friday for an employer, being self-employed is definitely what fits my personality best. No misunderstanding here; the working world wouldn’t survive without both types of individuals and both are equally important.
If you don’t work from home, there’s a hefty list of things you likely cannot relate to. Us home-workers? We love it; it’s like our secret rite of passage. I’ll let you in on some of our secrets and answer the question, what do people who work from home REALLY do all day?
We don’t wear pants.
Sometimes we don’t even put real clothes on. What for? The virtual world is our method of communication and it’s totally unnecessary. Granted, I do get dressed at least once a week to remind myself I’m an actual human and own clothing, but typically it’s fuzzy socks and sweatshirts. It’s comfort over anything else, really.
If a video call is in the works, dress up is from the neck up. It also makes getting dressed for an outing or event much more fun. No shame in our game.
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We have no clue what traffic patterns look like.
Rush hour? Lunchtime traffic? Not a clue. Recently, I had to be at a speaking event early in the morning and didn’t take into consideration the morning rush hour and was almost late. It sounds quite silly for all of you ‘leave-for-workers’ but honestly, it just doesn’t cross my mind anymore. My morning commute takes about 30 seconds and my biggest obstacles are generally dog bones on the floor. Did I mention we spend way less in petrol? Awesome sauce.
We have the beautiful luxury of taking breaks on our own schedule.
I love to get up and take a walk with my pup, have lunch outside on the porch, call my family, write blogs (like I am right now) and text my friends. It’s all about time management. You’re probably thinking, ‘When does this girl work?’ When you’re organised, when you delegate and when you work efficiently, these things are cinch to fit in and it’s a beautiful exercise of freedom and awareness. It amazes me to think about having to ask permission to take breaks or have snacks. Today, it seems so basic but I definitely don’t take it for granted.