Posts By Fulltime Freelancer
I spoke to an acquaintance recently who told me about an editor, a young mother, who worked from home. This acquaintance was her client and was appalled by the editor’s lackadaisical attitude on the phone. The acquaintance felt ignored, frustrated and annoyed when the editor interrupted their conversation to chat in baby talk to her child.
I was forced to think fast when my position as a national event specialist for Borders Group, Inc. in 2005 was eliminated. Did I want to work for someone else again or invest in myself? My independent spirit gave me the answer but indy spirit or not, I had to get busy. After all, I had a mortgage to pay on the new house I’d just bought.
In these tough times, would you open your house to a friend in need? I got to thinking about this recently when I repurchased the house that my ex-husband and I sold in 2002. Moving from a small Cape Cod to a spacious Dutch Colonial has given me room to breathe, but it’s not lost on me how fortunate I am at a time when people are downsizing.
Almost everyday we hear of some politician’s unethical practices when it comes to abusing power, whether it’s failing to pay taxes or using a jet for personal pleasure. We shake our heads, critical of their behavior. But do we really have the right to judge?
I don’t take working from home for granted. Actually, with so many businesses cutting staff, I don’t take working for granted at all. I am grateful, but what I appreciate more is that I can make a living doing what I love. I think of this often when I see people who are miserable at work.