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"I have to make a point of telling my son and my well-
meaning stay-at-home Mom friends that I am 'at work' and have
My late father-in-law used to come over EVERY DAY to tell me that I needed
to get a real job. The fact that I made more that he ever made was not
relevant...I needed a job with bennies. Best thing I ever did was ignore him
and lock the door.
"There is a temptation to work outside on the patio, but I only do that
when calls are not likely to happen."
Get a wireless phone. I work in my home office, in the Living Room in front
of the fireplace (great on cold, wintery days), or out on the deck. I try to
keep my deck time to a minimum, because nature has a way of destroying
"My biggest challenge is email. I spend way too long browsing when I
should be deleting. Trouble is, as a virtual business, I live and die
I write hardware and software manuals, so virtuality is a relative thing for
a couple of customers. I connect to their servers, but I still have to go to
the occasional status meetings, and I make it point to be at the customer's
facility a couple of days a week for photographs, procedure debugging,
engineer bugging, and morning doughnuts....okay, forget the doughnuts (I'm a
Technical Communicator, Help, Web Design, Video, Photography
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"...I walked to work, quit my job, and kept walking. Better to be a pilgrim
without a destination, I figured, than to cross the wrong threshold each
day." (Sy Safransky)
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