I’ve officially been working from home for 2 years now. Okay, maybe a little less. Those first few months were basically Skyrim, caffeinated beverages, and Taco Bell. It’s taken me some time to hit my stride and find a good schedule that works for me and there are still days when all of that gets thrown out the window. There’s some normalcy now though — I’m not always on the lookout for a new project (I’ve got steady work with one company, plus here-and-there work with one writer) and that makes things a whole lot easier.
The day starts whenever I feel like starting. I know, there are some people thinking how lucky that is and that they’d sleep in. Well. I’m a morning person. “Sleeping in” usually falls somewhere around 8am.
First thing I do is start the tea kettle or coffee maker. Haven’t been drinking as much coffee recently. Don’t get concerned. It’s out of laziness. Grinding the beans, yada yada. Filling the kettle with water and having tea (peppermint or lemon and ginger) is so much faster.
Next I get down to work. I handle a lot of social media and blogging duties for a company and its CEO, so I make the rounds on Twitter seeing what needs responding and if there’s anything breaking in the world of startups and technology that needs retweeting. I keep in contact with guest bloggers, edit and schedule their posts, and keep all of that in order. Sometimes there’s a lot of work to do, sometimes it’s normal, everyday duties. There are times when a big project falls out of the sky and then I tackle it. I like the steadiness of knowing what needs to be done every day with the occasional new thing. Keeps me on my toes.
That’s all before noon. I stop and have lunch, either here or out if I’ve made a lunch date with a friend. I use early afternoon to get chores done around the house or to run errands and usually begin prepping dinner in there somewhere.
By the time all of that is done, it’s early evening and I’m usually double checking to see if I need to respond to anything else or do anymore scheduling. I’ll check on those things periodically through the evening if I’m waiting on something important or if I see a notification pop up.
Now, all of this can change a lot when I’ve got a manuscript to edit. Those have a “fall out of the sky” nature to them as well and when I get them, I get them and they have to be done. I’ve got a great working relationship with an author and I’ve edited a few of her books and done a tiny bit of ghostwriting. Those are a fun change from the stuff I’m normally working on and a great way to earn a little extra.
That’s my workday. Roughly. I never know what’s going to happen and sometimes on a whim I go looking for some new, quick work and that’s fun, too.
The best part of this whole thing is that I have time. Time to do the things I want. All the travel, writing, and side projects I’ve worked on recently would not have been possible if I hadn’t decided to try working from home. I’m still learning how this freelance thing works, but I have picked up quite a bit over the past couple years. I’ve got a few posts planned about that and I welcome your questions if you have any! This was a scary step, quitting a traditional job to do who knows what. But you know what? It can be done. I’m not stuffing envelopes or answering phones (what some people assume), I’m making more than I did at my old office job, and I have so much more freedom.
Questions about freelancing? Do you work from home or at some other non-traditional office job? How do you manage your time?