People always coo with envy when I tell them I work from home. I figured I probably should explain the process a bit better before they start searching for home-based businesses. There are great benefits and some really annoying detriments...
I'm an optimist. Well, perhaps an opportunist. I don't necessarily think everything works out well in the end, but I do believe that all course diversions along life's path lead to opportunities. (yeah, I'm a lemons-to-lemonade kinda gal)
I very proudly entered the industry of medical transcription in 1992. I worked in an ER for years before I worked for a service from home. I was very pleased with my "profession," but in recent years, computers type up the reports and I edit. They pay me 1/3 the amount to do this and it takes as long or longer to edit a report as to type it. So, I am super screwed in a big, "bend-over-and-take-it-you work-for-a-sweatshop-now" kind of way. It's humiliating that I not only make less than I did starting in the industry in 92, but I make the same as people working in fast food restaurants and I'm required to meet OSHA standards and be 98% or more accurate for every comma in a report because it ends up in your medical records. Does it make you feel happy to know that highly skilled workers in the medical field handling your documents are being paid like McDonald's workers? Yeah, it fucking sucks!
So, that being said, I see this as an opportunity (remember, I'm an opportunist) to make me finally take my writing career seriously. So, there's my "lemonade" in the scheme of things.
I've made this video to talk to you a bit about what is good and what is bad about working from home. There are some people who envy me very much and I envy them having coworkers who annoy them and interrupt their work, make them stop to blow out candles on a birthday cake or bug them to go out for drinks on a Friday. They, however, envy me being home in my PJs working away, listening to my music, coming and going as I please, and never once starting up my car or sitting in traffic.
So, here's the truth about working from home: