Working from home (Telecommuting)

I’m a consultant, so generally I have to travel to different cities (hence the mobile minimalism mindset) and basically temporarily live where the clients are.

Sometimes my expenses are paid, other times, I just ask for a higher rate and cover it out of my own pocket (yes there are tax deductions as well).

Why it’s great living temporarily in the client city:

  • you’re like a local consultant to them
  • you’re easily accessible by the client
  • you can choose where to stay which means a shorter commute
  • clients love that your hours are flexible (in early, late to leave)
  • no worries about schedules or having to catch a flight
  • you’re enjoying a new city (although in the middle-of-nowhere, it sucks)
  • your sanity is kept intact with the lack of travel & stress

But what would be even better than working in the city where the client is, is being able to work from home.

I am lucky enough to have been on projects where I’ve been able to telecommute from my hotel room (yes, defeats the purpose of being in the city, I know), rather than going into the office.

Why I prefer working at home:

  • don’t need to wear makeup or dress up (no pants? no problem.)
  • food is easily accessible or able to be made (kitchen nearby)
  • flexible hours (errands to run? do them and come back to work later)
  • calmer without distractions (the office environment is LOUD)
  • no uncomfortable chairs or desks (get to sit on my futon)

In fact, I think I get a lot more work done telecommuting than I do in the office.

People don’t just drop by for a chat, but the lack of face time is an issue. It’s better to be seen in the office than to be faceless.

At any rate, I feel pretty lucky to be on such projects, because generally speaking, my job doesn’t allow me to work from home, even though I can do everything without a blip.

I wish more clients were open to the idea, but I’ll work whatever hours they set.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.