Blog to support the book "Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs" by Kristen Fischer

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Few things get me more fired up than people who give me attitude for working at home. Most don't, although I can tell that they think I doodle and clean all day.

That's why I had to post a part of this rant by an awesome writer buddy, Deborah Ng. In her latest post, she gives these as the reasons why people who work at home not only work, but can work harder than anyone else:

  • "Because we don’t commute, we work the hours others spend on the road. For instance, my typical day is from 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sometimes longer. We’re always at our computers and always drawn to our offices - even during “non-working” hours.
  • We don’t spend the days gossiping with co-workers. No water cooler, no rest rooms, no he said, she said.
  • We’re not running out every hour or two for coffee or smokes.
  • We’re not distracted by regular meetings, birthday parties, other employees’ phone calls and stuck elevators.
  • We don’t rely on other people to tell us what to do and how to do it. We’re independent and count on ourselves to get the job done.
  • We’re (mostly) not embroiled in office politics or backstabbing.
  • We don’t always take a lunch hour - or even a lunch half hour. In fact, if my son is out of the house I generally work through a traditional lunch hour.
  • Instead of focusing on one project or job, we have our hands in several pots.
  • Cube farms and crowded offices are distracting. There’s just too much going on for one person to sit and focus for long blocks of time like the average freelancer. There are studies showing so much time is wasted because people who work in a traditional office chit chat with co-workers and run out to pick up food and drinks more often. If we get up to break, we’re back at our desks in five minutes."

Right on, sister! Sometimes a rant is perfectly in order!

For more great writing leads and commentary, visit Deb's blog here: http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com.

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Blogger Mary Richmond commented at 9:51 AM~  

oh how i agree with this! i began working from home in 1979 and boy, did people not get it....not even my own family! times have changed a little for the better but a lot of people still think working from home is still just being home and expect you to be available for all sorts of things....good post!

Blogger jeweledrabbit commented at 6:12 PM~  

Hi, Kristen. I just found your blog and I find it to be very interesting. :o)

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