I just read this post on nailsbails.com about the solitude in working from home and it cracked me up.
I can relate, especially to the eating-salsa-from-the-jar part!
Except yesterday I put salsa in a bowl and ate it like a civilized person. I’m not a total barbarian, you know.
But really, I can relate to that post. There’s a lot of solitude when you work alone from home. I make my own schedule and answer to no one, which is awesome. But there’s also no one around but my dog during the day. Sometimes I’ll call my husband at work and ask if he knows if there’s an extra bottle of olive oil somewhere.
Of course he has no idea where we would keep extra olive oil, but that’s a great segue into “Soooo, whatcha doinnnn?”
Occasionally I miss coworkers. I’ve had jobs where I worked with people, but really, I enjoyed only one of those three previous jobs (tutoring beats out being a receptionist at a doctor’s office and being a bridesmaid dress consultant). The perk of all three was that there were coworkers. Sometimes, in the middle of a busy day, you just want to shift gears and talk to someone about last night’s episode of LOST.
But now LOST is over and I’m a loner.
It’s not bad, though. I like working alone, but I also like that my job gives me a lot of opportunities to interact with other people. I write for some web designers and every so often make a trip up to their office for a meeting. I get to call and interview people, shoot emails back and forth with editors. There are other people involved in my day-to-day existence; I just get to sit in total quiet when I need to think.
For some people, this much solitude would be maddening. I find it really conducive to productivity though. And, I’ll be honest, it’s a recipe for procrastination sometimes, too. But when you choose the freelance path, you make the decision kick your own butt when you have so since theres’ no one in the next cubical to do it for you.
What has been your experience with the solitude of a freelance life? Do you love it? Hate it? Crave it now if you’re working in an office?