Do any of you work from home? If so, do you have friends and family members who ignore the fact that you do, in fact, actually WORK when you’re at home? This is often the case with me.
I own a content company and also do freelance writing for a number of agencies for whom I ghostwrite books, magazine articles and any number of other publications. One day, I might be writing an article for the tourist bureau of the Seychelles Islands, and another day, I might be writing about various types of brain exercises for an article to go in a psychological research publication. On other days, I might be recruiting writers from the Philippines to write massive bulk articles for a Russian university or I might be writing catalog descriptions for a Chinese gem supplier. I never know what each day is going to bring my way, in terms of writing. What I do know is that I spend many, many hours sitting at my computer working….and working hard!
My office is very simply furnished, void of clutter, and is conducive to concentrating on work. Outside of the shot, I have many, many, many books stacked neatly on shelves. Yeah, this office is milk toast….but so what? It’s where I work. It isn’t where I live. I spend many hours in here each day. In fact, as I write this, it is now 3:07 a.m. and I have just finished the work I started yesterday morning. However, certain friends seem to think that because I work from home, that I have different rules than if I worked in an office outside of my home.
One friend will call, and I’ll tell her straight away that I have lots of work to do and can only speak briefly. She will completely ignore all of my direct statements of, “I really must go now…” and will talk…and talk….and talk….giving me the blow by blow descriptions of her failure at love, the details of her pets, her travels….and many things that should be left unsaid. REALLY? Would she do this if I still kept an external office in an actual office building? No.
Please listen to me when I tell you that I am working. I really AM working. Try it sometimes. You might like it!