First and foremost: I’m back. The last post I wrote on this blog did not, obviously, turn out to be my final post on this blog. That being said, the writer may be staying the same, but the blog itself is changing to reflect my new work/life situation and a growing trend among working women ever.
While full time work used to mean putting 40 hours in at an office, many of us are now working full time, all the time, because we have no office. We work from our homes, our cars and our travel trailers. Some of us are freelancers, some fortunate employees, and some real-life business owners who realize that office space is so 2005.
Those of us who earn our living mobiley face unique challenges and benefits and I plan to explore both sides of the coin here, starting with the fact that mobiley isn’t even a word.
How is it possible that the word I use to most accurately describe my work life only exists in the Urban Dictionary?
Do you work from home?
Um, not exactly, no. My home kind of moves from week to week. I work in coffee shops and campgrounds. I conduct business by iPhone and conference calls via Skype. My address changes constantly, but I rarely find myself in a position to give an address anyway. I haven’t touched a fax machine in years and I’m appalled when someone expects me to use an actual printer. Do people still use paper these days?
And I’m not alone. It’s no longer just single nomads and young backpackers busting out of the cubicle. I saw as many meetings as lattes in the Starbucks in SoHo this summer. But Webster has yet to catch up with us.
Fortunately, we’re used to being ahead of the curve and defining ourselves on our own terms.