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The holiday season gives us many opportunities to make memories. 20 years from now, we’ll reflect back on the fun times and the sad times we’ve had. Many of us are web workers because we want to spend less time commuting to work and more quality […]

The holiday season gives us many opportunities to make memories. 20 years from now, we’ll reflect back on the fun times and the sad times we’ve had.

Many of us are web workers because we want to spend less time commuting to work and more quality time with family, doing things we enjoy year-round. But life sometimes gets in the way and we forget to enjoy the little moments.

Those little moments don’t mean the big things like making a rare trip to the museum, or catching a show. It can simply be watching your six-year-old read, going to lunch with a friend, looking at the stars on a clear night, playing a game with your family or walking your dog on a spring-like day.

I think we all agree that the older we get, the faster time flies. Remember when you were a child that time took “forever” to get out of school, to reach your next birthday and to earn your driver’s license? Now events sneak up on us. Here’s why web working rocks and gives us time to enjoy the little things in our lives.

  • Flexible uniforms and workouts. Web workers can wear whatever we want. I mostly wear shorts and a t-shirt or sweatpants and a sweatshirt. This way, I’m comfortable and always ready to work out.
  • Convenient workouts. We can exercise when it’s best for us rather than trying to squeeze it in during lunch, waking up extra early before work or fighting the after-work crowd. I work best in the morning, so I exercise in the early afternoon when my mind starts to lag.
  • Personal appointments. When an appointment takes longer than anticipated, we don’t have to stay later in a corporate office to make up for it. We’re already where we need to be and can make up the work easily at night or some other time. If there’s a special event in town that only happens during the day, we don’t have to use a personal day to attend.
  • Volunteer any time. Since moving to full-time web working, I’ve been able to volunteer more often and take non-profit board positions, which tend to have meetings during the week day. I have many memories of doing volunteer work that only occurred during the week day.
  • Enjoy interests and hobbies. I joined a tennis team that only plays during the week. It doesn’t eat into my work time since drilling and playing a match takes about the same amount of time as one of my regular workouts.
  • Flexible schedule. Are you a morning person? A night person? A person who needs to take frequent breaks? Unless you have family commitments, you can work a schedule that fits your innate needs. So when you wake up in the morning, take a moment and think how wonderful it is to have more control over your work schedule.
  • Unexpected events. It’s easier to deal with unexpected events as a web worker. When my dad had bypass surgery while I worked for a corporation, I could only spend the afternoon with him. But when he had a stroke, I was a web worker and spent a lot of time with him in the eight months that transpired between the stroke and his passing. Had I been in a corporate job, I would have missed out on all the time I spent with him in his final year.
  • Illness. When I get a cold or just plain don’t feel well, I get comfy in bed and snuggle with my laptop. I don’t have to get dressed and drag myself to the office. Or I can work just a couple of hours, enough to get the job done. Plus, you don’t catch anything from colleagues. The more relaxed web working environment can be healthier so that you don’t get sick as often.
  • Pets. When I take my dog out for her mid-day break on a typical day, I look at her and around me to take in the moment. If I were still in a corporate job, I would not have her in my life. Sure, she has her accidents in the house and sneaks into the trash when I’m not looking. But nothing beats her spending her day next to me while I work.
  • Children. My kids come straight home after school. They stopped going to after-school care when I joined the ranks of web workers. I spend an hour or two with them catching up on their day (when they’re willing to share), ensuring they do their homework and going outside to play. Many of us web workers can easily sit in front of the screen for hours. Thanks to my dog, kids and need to exercise, I give my eyes and body a break. I can also volunteer at their schools during the day; I love seeing them at school with their classmates and remember those days.

I live in the Dallas area in Texas, an area not known for seeing snow often. When we had a beautiful snowfall recently, I took a 30-minute break to build a snowblob. (It had started raining by the time I put on the second layer.) That was great for my spirit and feeling like a kid again. When I returned to my toasty office, I felt revived and forged ahead in my work. Web working is decadent, isn’t it? Stop for a minute and appreciate what you have.

What do you love about web working?

  1. True till the last word!!! The main thing I like about web working is that I can be with my loved ones when I want to be and when they need me. I am a full time employed person and the main thing I hate about it is that I have to squeeze every bit of my personal work during the weekends because I am too busy during weekdays.

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  2. Before I went full-time as a web worker, I worked for a corporate and freelanced on the side to build up the business. At one point, they were both full-time (right before I retired from corporate world). It was rough, but it paid off. A few months of working too much is worth it because it led to becoming more available for my family.

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  3. I love web working because it allows me to control my soundscape – work can be as loud or as quite as I want it to be.

    When I need to do some thinking intensive work I can create complete silence.

    When I do repetitive administrative tasks I plug my Macbook into some massive speakers and blare out filthy dubstep music

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  4. Every point you made is good. Here are 3 additional ones for me:
    1) I am incapable of working in an office. On occasions when I have to work inhouse in a cubicle I go crazy.
    2) I don’t have to work for incompetent bosses anymore. Now I’m my own incompetent boss.
    3) Naps

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  7. Jack and Charles, both excellent points. I didn’t want this to become a book. I love the silence. In my last corporate job, I sat near a person who had speaker conference calls every day. Drove me up the wall and I hated turning off my hearing aids because then I’d miss out on other sounds.

    I can’t work to music because it’s like reading and driving to me. Yes, I can put up with my own incompetency rather than someone else’s. :)

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  10. Soooooo jealious. Good post though, makes me think…

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