It has been a very busy (read: billable) week here in the land of freelance ambiguity.
I’ve bought and installed a MUCH more ergonomic desk in the home office. My beautiful antique oak school teacher’s desk just wasn’t designed for hours and hours of computing time. Ergonomics and body mechanics while computing are just as important as firewalls and virus scanners.
The new desk arrived just in time. I’ve been embroiled in a big, juicy project, and my non-profit work is spinning along, too. I’ve promised myself a massage just as soon as the project is turned in. Oh, and I’m a year older than the last time you heard from me. The new desk and the massage are birthday presents to myself.
Here’s a sample of what I felt compelled to share this week:
The holidays are a time of year when freelancers might wax nostalgic for an office environment. Working for a brick & mortar establishment comes with a built-in professional network. As freelancers, our offices house a party of one. There aren’t any cubicle walls over which to prairie-dog companionably with colleagues.
How, then, to get your professional holiday party on? Continue reading Brick & Mortar Breakout: Finding your freelance community
Working from home isn’t for everyone; actually, if you ask Marissa Mayer or Jamie Dimon, working from home isn’t for ANYONE. Despite their opinions on the subject, there are those of us who, whether freelancing for ourselves or telecommuting for someone else, can work from home and consistently outshine our office-dwelling counterparts.
What’s our secret? I’ve identified two things about me that probably typify the successful telecommuter. Continue reading Working from home, self-discipline, and social independence