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Working from Home

Remember a really long time ago I hinted at some big life events that were taking up all of my free time? Well I announced the new house about a month ago, but something else happened right around the same time that I’ve been keeping under wraps. Don’t worry, it’s not super exciting (well, for the rest of the world, I imagine) so you haven’t been missing out. So what’s up? I got a new job!

Let me backup and set the scene for you: horse show season is in full swing, DH and I are shopping for a house and I’m applying to as many jobs as I can. So naturally, everything falls into place at once: we close on a house on a Friday, a week later we move in on a Saturday, I start my new job two days later on Monday and Miles and I go to a horse show the following Friday. My new life motto? Go big or go home. So that’s why I’ve been going a bit crazy and haven’t been blogging as much.

crazy busy

The new job is very similar to what I’ve done before: jack of all trades marketing and communication efforts. So far, I’ve spent a majority of my time designing some printed booklets, but I’m looking forward to working on web and social media efforts in the near future, plus helping to shape the company’s brand in the future. The industry is completely different than anything I’ve ever done before, which is both exciting and intimidating. I’m learning a lot, but since this is the company’s busy time of year, I’m also putting in a decent number of hours. That’s perfectly fine with me though — I’d much rather be busy than bored!

freelancer on laptop

The other exciting part of the new job is that it’s all remote, so I work 100% from home. It’s been an adjustment for me, since I’ve always had an office gig, but like with anything else there are pros and cons. So far, I’ve loved the flexbility — I can start working early, take a long lunch to run to the barn, and still finish my day around 5 pm. Instead of taking a 10 minute break and surfing Facebook, I use that time to throw in a load of laundry. Plus my office is as loud or as quiet as I want it to be! What’s hard is that now I’m at home… all the time. By myself. I don’t get any physical interaction with coworkers and there’s definitely no stopping by someone else’s cubicle to ask how their weekend was.

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Do any other bloggers work from home? What do you love and/or hate about it?

Tracy

Fly On Over is an equestrian lifestyle blog devoted to connecting horse lovers around the world. By providing equestrians with practical tips and tricks related to horse ownership, discussing training techniques for horse and rider, as well as covering industry news.

22 thoughts to “Working from Home”

  1. I’ve always had the option to work from home with the different companies I’ve worked for, and find it really hard to concentrate on the actual work when I’m surrounded by potential chores. For that reason (not because I don’t enjoy a clean house, but rather that I need to get the real work done) I try to limit working from home as much as possible. I envy those that have the focus to make working-from-home work so well!

  2. You know me!! I love working from home – at first its a HUGE adjustment, but once you get the swing of it you wouldn’t go back to any other way :3

  3. Congrats on the new job! That is so exciting! I think I would love working from home. The few times I have worked from home due to weather conditions, it was heaven!

  4. I get to start telecommuting 1xweek starting close to the end of the month. It is going to be awesome, considering I travel an hour each way to work…which makes it seem like an even longer work day!

  5. I used to work from home and I liked it, but even as an introvert, I found myself missing other people. I think the best combo would be like half office, half home. I wish I could find a job like that.

  6. Congrats! I would love the flexibility to work from home and it could be possible for me at my current job within the next year or so because we’re working on moving some more stuff online. That said though, I’d probably have trouble focusing at home and would probably miss the interaction with co-workers. A split schedule would probably work best for me as well.

  7. Congrats on the new gig! I would love to have a little more flexibility in the day (ride at lunch time, what?!). But I spend all my time alone being single and keeping my horses at home. So I think I’d really miss the socialization. You have a hubs and barn friends though, so I think you’ll adjust just fine!

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  8. go big or go home indeed – congrats on all the awesome big changes! i’ve never worked from home before (and somehow am not totally inclined bc i like to keep work separate from the rest of my life) – but plenty of my friends love it!

  9. Tim worked at home for years and years. He was never one on strict office culture/rules, so he loved the flexibility of it. He did miss human interaction though, and ended up looking for office share places in Austin so he could get out and ‘work’ with other folks. His last job was 3 days office, 2 days work from home and that was his favorite situation 🙂 Good luck with the new position!

  10. Congrats on the new job! I have a regular office job and only work from home when I’m sick though I’d prefer to work from home more often. Good thing you have a hobby that has a social aspect to it so you can have human interaction regularly still. =)

  11. I work from home in my part time job and only go in about once a week for meetings. I’m struggling a lot with it because I tend to put off work (part time and I don’t have to log a certain amount of hours so it’s basically like school- at meetings I get work and then I finish before the next meeting). So I’m trying to negotiate for more hours on base and less hours at home. I do love riding at any hour of the day though! And my house is pretty clean too 🙂

  12. Congrats!
    I used to work from home and I (mostly) loved it. I loved the flexibility and being done with work and house work at 4 pm on Friday. I had the whole weekend to play. I could take long lunches with friends or go to the barn. I had a 5 min commute that included brushing my teeth and boiling a pot of water.
    I TOTALLY understand the downsides though. It was just me and dog all day. Going to the barn was the only social interaction I got most days. And when hubs would come home and want to relax after dealing with people all day, I wanted to go meet up with friends or go out to dinner or do SOMETHING out of the house. Plus I had just moved to a new city so it was a lot harder to make new friends.

    Overall I really, really enjoyed it and I hope to do it again. For me the pros far outweighed the cons.

  13. Congrats on the new job!!! That’s so exciting. Sometimes I wish that I could work from home but at the same time I’m not sure I could handle it. It would be so nice to have an adjustable schedule though.

  14. Congrats on so many exciting things happening! At this point in my life I still need the structure of an office, but I think once I build more of a life down here and grow up a little I would LOVE to have the flexibility of working from home. Hard to do with my current job because of proprietary databases and such nonsense, but hopefully in the future!

  15. Busy girl! I would love a work from home job. I always feel guilty when I leave my dog and cat home alone, and being able to take a long lunch/pony break would be awesome.

  16. I want to work from home but it would be really hard to teach 7th graders that way. Proximity=control. If things ever changed and I got to write full time (which I don’t think would ever pay the bills), I would LOVE to work from home. Except my dogs distract me and I feel guilty not playing with them. You’ll have to give us an update.

  17. Congrats!!!

    I try not to work from home because I end up doing something unproductive- like going to get a pedi. I have heard from friends who work from home entirely that they have difficulty unplugging at the end of the day!

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