Pros & Cons: Working From Home

I’ve been thinking a lot about the job I have now. It isn’t a typical 8-5 office job because I’m able to make my own schedule. I can do this because I work for a smaller, local newspaper with a really laid back editor who lets employees do what works best for them.

Since I am on the topic of jobs, I want to mention that I have really struggled to find “the job” for me ever since I graduated college in 2010 with my Bachelor’s. I had this vision during my senior year of college of graduating, immediately scoring a high-paying job and living in a cool apartment in Buckhead. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I moved back into my parent’s house because I didn’t have a job lined up and no way to pay for my own rent and bills. Womp womp. I remember spending all day on the computer applying for jobs and feeling really bad about myself. Several people suggested graduate school, but I was so burned out from college that there was no way I could even survive the grad school application, haha! I got a Communications/Marketing internship at Emory University that was the best job I have ever had, but the only negative thing about it was that it was only temporary. They were nice enough to extend it by a few months, but it eventually came to an end.

I went through a long period of being jobless after that internship. Luckily I got married in the midst of that time, so I could move out of mom and dad’s and live with my new husband. I then began the infamous Job Hopping Period. I never was fired or laid off from any of these jobs, it was my decision to leave each time (minus the temporary internship that ended on its own). In a short amount of time I worked at Chateau Elan (horrible), UroMed (OK), The Georgia Club (terrible- I was a Marketing Coordinator but it was really just a glorified receptionist position), Elite Academy (good, but I realized I don’t want to be a teacher), and The Paper (present job). I started off as a freelance writer for The Paper in March of 2012 when I worked for UroMed, but it eventually turned into the job I have now, which is a Staff Writer/Reporter. Like I said earlier, I don’t have to go into the office to work. I do have to go out in the field to events, interviews, new business openings, festivals, etc. in order to receive information and photos for my stories, but I always write at home or at a coffee shop. People always ask me if I like working from home better than going to an office, and the truth is, YES! However, there are a few things that I miss. I’ve listed the pros and cons below.

PROS:

I don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn. I have never been a morning person. I think this is because I like to stay up late and tend to be more productive during the evening hours. I get a second wind after dinner. For example, I’ll make a plan with myself to deep clean our bathroom on a certain day. I will procrastinate all day long, but will end up doing it at 8:00 at night. Then I’ll get on a kick and vacuum, scrub the floors, put away laundry, bathe my dogs, put away clean dishes, and tidy up. Before I know it, it is almost midnight. This is very common for me! I usually wake up between 8:00-8:30 every morning and work throughout the day, unless I have to go somewhere to cover an event or interview someone. I love not having to leave the house on those early, dark, cold, rainy mornings!

I can work from the comfort of my own home and don’t have to waste time commuting to work. I almost always work in my pajamas or change into workout clothes since I usually start working as soon as I wake up and eat breakfast. If I do have to go somewhere work related, I get reimbursed for my gas and obviously have to wear something a little more business casual, haha.

When I’m finished with work for the day, I’m free to do whatever I want. When I used to work in an office, I was stuck there until 5:00 every day, even if I finished everything by noon. If I finish my work by noon on a random Tuesday, then I have the rest of the day to myself.

My home is always tidy and taken care of. I can do laundry while I’m working and tidy up the kitchen during a quick brain break. If I’m spending a lot of time at home working, I want to look around and see cleanliness.

My dogs are never left alone all day. They hang out with me while I work. Sometimes they distract me by laying their heads on the keyboard so I can’t type and have to pay attention to them!

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“Stop typing mommy. Pay attention to me.”

I have flexibility. I make my own schedule (but I do have strict deadlines), so if I need to take a Friday off, I can. I just make sure everything is completed by Thursday.

CONS:

I LOVE clothes, fashion and putting together outfits. If I have to cover an event, I wear my work clothes, but most of the time I’m working at home and wear workout clothes or a tshirt with shorts or yoga pants. I do miss wearing real clothes every day.

I miss constantly being around people. I like to talk and socialize, and could always do so in an office. There is always someone to talk to throughout the day. Sometimes I get a little stir crazy at home and miss having co-workers. I made some good friends at the past jobs I’ve had.

The general camaraderie that happens at an office or any other work environment. I guess this one goes hand in hand with the “being around people” thought, but I thought I’d list it because it is kind of specific. Pranks, parties, gatherings, lunch outings with co-workers, etc.

Free coffee. It was Community Coffee, not Starbucks, but it was still a nice touch.

For some odd reason, people think that I just sit around at home all day eating ice cream out of the carton and watch T.V. when they hear “work from home”. It gets looked down upon, especially from people who work out of the home 100% of the time. It is unfortunate, but it is true. Even though I’m at home, I still have a job, I have lots of work to do and I get paychecks.

That’s all I can think of for now. I really enjoy working from home and having flexibility in my hours, but there are aspects that I do miss a about going to an office or workplace. I am very thankful to have a job that I enjoy instead of dread.

 

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Summer 2014 Bucket List

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Hiking last summer at Table Rock Trail, SC.

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year. I love hot weather, afternoon thunderstorms, beach/pool/lake days, the super long hours of daylight, the smell of sunscreen, fresh produce, cookouts, and much more. I feel like summer always goes by so fast and slips between my fingers (how is it already mid June?), so I decided to come up with a fun little “Summer Bucket List” to ensure we make lots of memories.

1. Lots of pool days. David and I are members of our local YMCA. It has a huge pool which I want to use a lot this summer to keep my tan that I acquired on vacation during the last week of May. We have already been a few times and I cannot wait to go back. We didn’t get to go much last summer since it rained every single day.

2. Hiking trips in the mountains. We only live between 1-3 hours from the mountains, so it is so convenient to just pack up and head north. There are a lot of great hiking spots that I’d love to hit this summer–Blood Mountain, Grandfather Mountain, etc. Hiking is great because it is inexpensive, fun and great exercise. It is dog friendly too!

3. Beach! I’ve always been a beach lover. I used to cry when my family packed up to go home from a week at the beach when I was younger. There is something so special about the ocean and the sand. I’ve already been to a few beaches this summer and cannot wait to smell the salty air some more. I could stay out on the beach from sunrise to sunset. We are headed to the Georgia coast at the end of August and we are thinking about going to Destin for a long weekend of scuba (we may wait until September). We dove in Panama City last summer and it was so much fun!

4. Lake Jocassee. This is a fun lake in South Carolina that has all sorts of scuba diving opportunities. It is NOTHING like diving in the ocean or Caribbean Sea, but it is still very fun. It’s surrounded by mountains which is a plus! You can go as deep as 100 feet and see all sorts of props that are sunken at the bottom–an airplane, basketball hoop, boats, poker chips, bowling balls, etc. There are fish and turtles that come out to play as well. There are certain areas that are pretty clear, but some that are murky with about 5 feet of visibility. Two summers ago, we hopped on a boat with a dive shop crew from somewhere in South Carolina and dove with them. I remember they had free homemade ice cream and corn dogs! It was such a fun time, so I want to do it again!

5. Cookouts with friends and family. I love hosting, and summer is the perfect time to do it. It doesn’t get dark until after 9:00!

6. Spend a day at Six Flags or Lake Lanier Beach and Waterpark. I haven’t been to either one of these in YEARS! I could probably only stand one day at each….I’m not sure I could handle the clientele for more than a day, haha.

7. Date nights in Athens. These are my favorite casual date nights in the summer. We love to eat at Jason’s Deli (because of the free froyo, duh) outside on their patio, get coffees at Starbucks or Jittery Joes, and then take the dogs for a walk around downtown Athens and UGA’s campus. This is so much fun to do when the weather is warm.

8. Spend a day in Greenville with Christine and John. Greenville is an amazing city and it’s (kind of) halfway between our two cities! We can spend the day walking around the city and lounging at Falls Park.

Here’s to a fun rest of the summer! I hope it doesn’t fly by!