When I started my business back in July last year, I was excited at the prospect of working outside of the normal constraints of a 9-5 job.
No more lengthy commute, no more structured days, no more meetings for meetings sake, just work that I enjoy at a time and a place that suited my needs.
I’m not saying it’s easy, nor is it for everyone. It comes with its downsides as with any job; namely lone working and sometimes working longer hours to meet client demands.
The thing that has surprised me most since I started, is the lack of understanding and level of confusion at my new working pattern.
We are so programmed into believing that working 9-5 in an office environment is the only way you can work. Anything outside of that isn’t really working, is it?
I have met lots of people who are doing the same as myself – running businesses daily from home or working a few times a week from home as part of full time employment.
Sometimes its unavoidable to commute and work 9-5 every day and there are people who would never want to work outside that space – I fully appreciate that.
But if we choose to work flexibly, should we be considered any less ambitious or hard working?
I’ll be honest, I make the most of being my own boss. If I want to go to the gym for an hour during the day, I’ll do it as long as it doesn’t impact my clients and I can make the time up. If I have time in between meetings, I’ll pop into the nearest coffee shop and work there for a few hours.
Believe me, I am still doing the same level of work, no matter how flexible my work day is or where I am working from.
I am more motivated and focused now than I have ever been. I spend my days dealing with clients locally and as far Dublin, Cork, Scotland and England. I work with a team of graphic designers, web designers and SEO specialists (to name but a few) all across the globe.
My job is much more varied and exciting now and I feel like I am “climbing the ladder” much quicker than I ever would have in a corporate job. Don’t get me wrong, it may not always be this good and I might find its just not for me in years to come.
But I can’t understand why some people question it or have visions of me sitting in front of the TV in my pyjamas watching Jeremy Kyle, doing a bit of work here and there.
Isn’t it time we started being more open to the idea of working outside of “normal” and often rigid office environments?
It shouldn’t be misunderstood, but rather embraced as a healthier and for some, a more fulfilling way to work.
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