I currently work for a telefundraising company based in Melbourne, and I attend work four days per week at 9.00am until 7.00pm (approximately). I’ve been there for years and, whilst I mostly enjoy the workplace environment, there are times that the daily commute (3 hours) and some of the work politics/boredom give me the shits to be perfectly honest!
The other three days I live in a more rural clime with my partner on a farm. He is ‘employed’ as a caretaker/farmhand in return for a self-contained cottage on the property. It’s a beautiful part of the world, especially at this time of the year, and come Monday morning when I am due to return back to the city and work…well, the reluctance is quite marked I must say!
Logging into one of the employment websites last night, I found an ‘employment opportunity’ with a home-based telefundraising organisation. They offer a reasonable base rate of pay, and only require a committment of at least 15 hours per week (I’d be prepared to take on a minimum of 30 hours) plus superannuation and all the other stuff that being a casual employee entitles one to. I could be based in the bush and continue to earn a decent living!
Questions for you folks: does anybody work from home entirely under their own jurisdiction…and how do you handle the self-discipline needed to fulfill the hours and requirements of the employer? Are there any major problems to be overcome, and what are the benefits that you’ve found. Do you get bored without the interaction of other staff, or does the liberation from having to ‘deal’ with all the petty shit that goes on in the office make it all worthwhile?