For the last several years the majority of my work has been performed virtually. I work. Just from the comfort of my own home, or Starbucks, or like tonight from my car as my son was at football practice. But I work. So why is it the majority of the world who works a traditional 8-5 go into the office type day think I just have all day to run errands and putz around? Do they think I pay my bills by magic?
I admit I’m lucky. I have a PhD. and my education allows me make about half my income from teaching online and it pays well as it should. I’m teaching graduate level business classes and spent a lot of money getting an MBA and a PhD to prepare me for this profession. The rest comes from consulting on this and that, and then my books. My day consists of getting up by 6am at the latest and writing a bit before getting kids off to school. I then have from 8-2:45 to work before they get home. In the afternoon I either have a extra curricular activity for the kids or I teach riding lessons to kids and those are in the after school time frame. Then there’s dinner and the homework and other kid related activities. After they go to bed at about 9pm I pull out the laptop to do some more work until bed time. I don’t get to walk out of the office and leave it until the next day because in my line of work if it doesn’t get done I don’t get paid.
So no I don’t have time to take your car to Discount Tire because you’re at “work” and I’m not.
I would love to hear from other work at home folks who deal with this frustration.
Thanks for letting me vent!