I finished Uni 10 years ago and I’ve started working full time a couple of months after that. I was particularly keen on the jobs I had and every new job was in a different line of work.
8 years ago I got my dream job, something that will push me every single day and I loved it. It was soon after I got married and I thought I was having an amazing life, nights out and eating in a restaurant a few times a week with friends and colleagues, a great husband and our own flat. I was pushing myself to the limit, I was gaining weight because I didn’t have enough time to cook or eat properly. I was feeling poorly with lack of energy and I was bingeing on Red Bulls and coffee. A few things changed in the company I worked for and I was able to work from home, 6 years ago. Now I know I could never go back to a 9-5 schedule.
I was still working hard, having meetings online with colleagues abroad at 9pm. But I could also have fun during the day, I could go with a friend for lunch without looking constantly at the watch. I could have a dog and I got Festus as I could make my own schedule.
After moving to the UK, 4 years ago, I knew I want to do this for the rest of my life. I want to have a flexible schedule. I want to wash the laundry during the week, as it takes only minutes to throw the clothes and turn the switch on. I love that I can go for a walk when it’s sunny and not in the weekend.
The cons of working from home are obvious. I can’t have a laugh with my colleagues or a party at the office. The parties we had at the last job were amazing. I miss socializing and Christmas gifts. At the same time, I don’t miss the time wasted in the traffic to go to work and back home. I don’t miss having to hurry to get there.
Another amazing thing about working from home and having a flexible schedule is that I can spend time on my hobbies, like blogging. I don’t think I would have the time to blog if I had to spend 2 hours commuting to and from work.
Do you work from home or would you like to?