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Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Work Dilemma

We went to breakfast on Sunday with a few of Will's work colleagues. Halfway through the meal, Will, the coward/stirrer that he is, said "The girls (Will works with mainly females) think that now that you're finished studying, you should get a job." Then he scurried away to refill his plate at the buffet.

Then I was left feeling somehow ambushed. Okay...so my lack of regular employment has been a topic of discussion at the water cooler...just great. I barely got a word in before receiving advice from 'the girls'. They actually did have some good ideas, but I was just a little put out by the way I was dropped in it by my darling husband.

Of course, I've thought about giving up being a Virtual Assistant getting a 'real' job. There are a few benefits to be considered:
  • Regular income - I have only a couple of clients at the moment with not a lot of hours, so I'm making myself available, but getting little monetary reward for it.
  • Leave work at the door - If I worked outside the home, I could go there, do my work and go home. Now, I receive emails at 8 pm and although I'm not really meant to be working, I still debate whether I should just quickly action them.
  • Paid down time - In most jobs there is down time. You know, unproductive time where you get up to get yourself a cup of coffee or to have a chat with a colleague about the weekend, and you still get paid for that. In my job there is only 100% productivity, because I only charge for the time I am actually working. I also don't charge for that second time (or third) I've gone over something to make sure there are no typos or that the fonts are consistent. It means I have to work a lot more hours to bank up the same amount of time that a normal worker would clock on for in a day.
There are of course some great benefits to working remotely:
  • Wardrobe - I don't have to dress up to go to work. In fact I don't have to dress at all...
    Pyjamas, I can wear my pyjamas. What were you thinking?!
  • Flexibility - I can schedule my work around my commitments with the children. If a child is sick, I can pop him on the couch under a doona and continue on with my work. I never have to worry about after-school or vacation care, and I can be there for every activity, every award.
  • Work colleagues - I remember how political the traditional workplace can be. I quite enjoy my own company, and I don't have to worry that I am going to stab myself in the back.
  • Pay - When I do work regularly, the pay can be good.
  • Job satisfaction - There is nothing better than when you enjoy doing your job. It makes it so much easier to go to work (or log on to your computer) everyday.
So, on Monday, thinking that Will wanted me to get a job, I started looking for a part-time job outside the home. When I told him what I was doing, he made a sound like, "ehh". You know, the sound you make when you don't agree with what someone is doing? Then he said to me that I should just keep doing the VA business, but try to drum up more clients.

What?! So what was that all about with the girls on Sunday? 

Ricken...fricken...Grrrr...Ugh! Men!

Anyway, so that is what I'm going to do, work on getting some new clients...right after I throttle my husband.


  1. I also have my own business, but work is a bit few and far between. Pays well though, when I get the work,lol. I have however (as of yesterday) applied for a casual job outside the home for a bit of regular income, but apparently I have to wait 3 weeks before I can expect to hear from someone about it.
    Good luck with finding more clients! I love work from home :)

  2. Good luck with the job hunt. I hope you find something you enjoy.

  3. Don't you think blokes just like to show-off when they're with work colleagues? I hate being at work things with mine - he talks bollocks half the time!
    Can I ask about your 'welcome please subscribe' type greeting you have? I want one but can't find a good one. Is yours a plugin?

  4. I think you've hit the nail on the head--talking bollocks with work colleagues!

    My welcome text under my header with links to Twitter, Facebook etc? That is just an HTML/Javascript area that I inserted there. It is the same gadget I use on my sidebar to insert badges etc.

    I've had a look in Wordpress (my business blog is WP) and I can see the widget you would need to use, but my theme doesn't allow me to put it at the top of the page. There is a Sticky Post plug-in that you could try, just search for it in the plugins. Hope that helps.

  5. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/working_home


  6. Kim, HA! You make me laugh. I think I'm at about the 6 months stage.

  7. Stick to your Flexibility.

    Be there for the children, I'm all for staying at home Mums.
    I know it is hard financially for some Mums to stay at home, but if it is possible then stick to your Flexibility.

    I was a working Mum and I missed out a lot on my children,s school activities, and was too tired at night to give them the full attention they needed with their school work.

  8. Thanks Mum (Anonymous),

    I appreciate your point of view and your taking the time to comment. I know it is great that I can be there for the boys, and I'm really very lucky to be able to work from home. I just need to drum up some more business so that I can continue to stay at home and be happy in the knowledge that I'm contributing financially during the hours they're at school.


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