Going to work used to be an actual place. It involved someone else doing my tax, uniforms and shifts. With travel and all weather, and real people to contend with. These days I’ve discovered something different – and a whole new ‘me’.
It’s not just about being self-employed, working in pyjamas, or flicking over to helpful groups on Facebook between gigs.
I’ve discovered it’s rather satisfying to mould my own destiny, and I seem to have created a lifestyle I like and enjoy. Being internet based, or being ‘virtual’ – doesn’t mean being out of touch.
A Clear Focus
Quite the opposite, I find I have become far more focussed than I would have thought possible – I’ve uncovered the leader in me – I had no idea one was lurking there all these years!
Folk often ask me how I can work all day on my laptop – they’d hate it, it must be so boring. Far from it.
I use much more different mindsets and skills to master problems, than before. I’m capable of juggling 4 or 5 different companies and jobs in an average day – one minute I’m writing snappy content, the next I’m extolling the virtues of chemical-free beauty, promoting a festival, handling a team of bloggers, using social media skills, or fronting a customer service role.
Communication is direct and easy. I’m happy with conference calls, webinars, shared file drives, instant messaging.
Deadlines are met, problems are banished, things get done.
I never take on a role I might not be able to fulfil – and I only work with people I think I can get along with. So far, so good. Who can say that in the ‘real’ world? Can you?