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The joys of working from home

Just this past October my husband and I moved to Windsor, Ontario, and in November I started working from home (part time) for my employer in Victoria, British Columbia.


Just so you know, here are 16 reasons why:

  1. If I’m in the living room or kitchen, the commute to my office is up a flight of stairs; if I’m in our bedroom, it’s down an even shorter flight. No wasted time!
  2. My commute is FREE… no bus pass to buy and no gas tank to fill.
  3. Over-perfumed, under-washed, loud-cell-phone-talking, still-smelling-like-last-night’s-drinking-binge co-commuters are a thing of the past.
  4. I’m not a morning person (can anyone relate?!), so facing chatty co-workers before my coffee starts doing its thing is fraught with peril. Now I’m covered on two counts – first off, I don’t even start work until 11:00 a.m. (practically noon!), and secondly, with the time difference between me and my office, I actually start 30 minutes before anyone else anyway… plenty of time for the coffee to kick in.
  5. And speaking of coffee – a large bag of beans ground and brewed at home lasts several weeks and is about the price of three or four take-out Americanos.
  6. If I want it quiet, I can have quiet. If I want to blast music and maybe even sing along while I’m working, I won’t be bothering anyone!
  7. Random hugs from the hubs.
  8. Breakfast and lunch at home is a heck of a lot cheaper and healthier than buying pre-made or restaurant food.
  9. Comfy clothes and slippers? Sure!
  10. I always wished I could take my cat to work with me. Now, Spider spends most of her day asleep on my desk, basking in the warmth of the incandescent bulb, well within patting reach.
  11. No more shared office bathrooms! If there’s filth, I know whose it is. 😉
  12. Between telephone, e-mail, instant messaging, and Skype, it’s almost like being in the office, only not.
  13. If I look out the window I might see doves billing and cooing (no, literally) on the fence in the back yard, or maybe squirrels chasing each other up and down telephone poles.
  14. Inclement weather doesn’t look so bad (in fact, it’s downright cosy) when you don’t need to bundle up, grab an umbrella, or don winter boots.
  15. Shopping trips are planned excursions rather than spontaneous lunch break temptations.
  16. When my work day is done, I am already home.

I keep asking myself why I waited so long to do this!

Do you work from home? If so, do you enjoy it? If not, would you ever want to try it?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.