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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Holidays and Working From Home

When you work from home and have kids, holidays are not exactly the "most wonderful time of the year" as the old song goes. In fact, if you have more than one child and they play together, loudly, it can become downright frustrating. This is one of the biggest challenges for me in working from home.

During the holidays, normal people take paid time off from work. They don't worry about earning money on the days they are spending with relatives, because they are being paid by their employer. For those of us who work as independent contractors, we have no such allowance. Each day is another day to earn income or another day to lose it. Well, not necessarily lose it. But each day represents a loss of potential income if we don't get to work.

So, while it's great to spend time with the family and go visit people and eat wonderful meals, it can really take a toll. Not only are we spending extra money this week, but we're not earning as much as we should be, so it's sort of like a double whammy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I'm Back!!!

I have no idea what we're going to do in this space just yet, but I'm back after a hiatus here on the Real Men Stay Home blog of over six years. Wow! We have a lot of catching up to do, don't we? Where to begin ...

  • We had another child in 2011, a boy. So that makes four in all, two boys and two girls. The good news is that we finally figured out what causes this, and have taken steps to ensure no more kids at this point, while not sacrificing any of the fun practicing. ;)
  • Since 2009 I've worked as a blogger and editor for the Tsavo/Ovast network (now defunct), Tecca (Best Buy's attempted tech blog, now also defunct), content producer for MySpace Entertainment (again, long gone), and am currently a content producer and SEO specialist (independent contractor) with a company out of Seattle. 
  • I / we have launched several blogs and websites over the years without any stellar standout successes, but that's okay. We offer our online and offline media services locally, and have a few clients here and there. I'm still pushing the online marketing ideas and trying to learn how to build my online empire, lol.
I'll have to look back over the blog and see what else was the "status quo" at the time I left, so more updates will be coming. Meanwhile, where have you been? How are things going for you and what have you been up to?

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