I've been an independent for over ten years now.
No silly, not politics. An independent worker. Inveterate writer. On the road blogger. Take it to the streets Melaleuca executive.
I have a friend who says "I am psychologically unemployable. I have to work for myself." I fall into the category.
Here are some benefits of working for yourself:
1. set your own hours. I often work from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Don't be alarmed! In between I visit my elderly parents, work on the garden, do laundry, and watch one favorite t.v. show.
2. most expenses are tax deductible. I can deduct travel, meals out, my home office, and much more!
3. I can work on more than one project. If you go to an office and work for someone else, your work is pretty much pre-determined and almost always related to that company's mission. I blog, write a newsletter, present Melaleuca and followup with my people, write grants -- all different missions!
4. No dress code. Most often, it's a tshirt and pajama bottoms.
Now let's take this show in the road! My husband works out of Chicago most of the time. On occasion I travel with him. I can do that with my work, have computer will travel. The picture above is my Nicole Miller rolling computer bag. Dell computer, cords, Melaleuca paperwork and I am good to go anywhere.
I attend conferences as well. I can do that with my laptop, and still keep working.
Then there are the parents. They are older. My dad is pretty sick and we spend a lot of time in a town 40 miles away at the doctors' offices. Mercy Medical Center is a free wifi zone, and I will always love them for that. A trip to Mason City is a day long affair. Have rolling computer bag, will travel I say.
My local newsletter (www.readhampton.com) is about my community in Franklin County Iowa. I go into town often and write about different events, people and activities in town. My Canon PowerShot A550 is starting to get a lot of use - it will make movies as well as take pictures!
I used to take a lot of notes, and hope that when I got home I'd remember what they meant and transfer the info to my desktop. With the introduction of my Dell laptop and Nicole Miller rolling bag into the family -- we are now truly wild workshifters!
This was another writing assignment from my friends at Get Paid To Write Online.