The thing I like about working as a writer, is that I'm doing something I like and I get paid for it. I work from home because it makes sense - my job can be done from my house and we don't have to pay for daycare.
Let me clarify one thing, when I say I'm a writer, I mean that real clients pay me money to write things like web sites, corporate literature, advertising, and so on. I have real deadlines. And I do it from home while also taking care of my children.
Do I like working from home? Not really, I'd rather have an office downtown, where I could devote myself to my work for uninterrupted hours at a time. But for now, I work from home. It's a decision we made because it works for everyone.
It's not easy, working as a writer AND looking after kids at home. When I'm working, I don't get a break. No lunch break, no coffee break, no evening break when the kids are in bed, and sometimes no weekend break either.
So when I read this post by Samantha - the one in which she berates work-at-home-moms for having it "easy" compared to those who work outside the home - my first reaction was, what the hell woman? Are you completely out of your mind?
According to her, the "fluff" that I call my job at home is, in actual fact, nothing compared to her "real" job outside the home.
Some days I long for a job in an office. I've actually suggested swapping - so that J would work from home and I'd take an office job - and he told me not in a million years, would he swap his job for staying at home with the kids AND working freelance.
According to Samantha, it's way more stressful to worry about loosing your 9-5 job, than dealing with the stresses of working from home. Well, I'm self employed. I don't have the security of a 9-5 job with regular pay. I have to work doubly hard to keep my clients happy, deliver a perfect product, on time, in budget, with bells on.
Anyway, I got into a bit of a huff, but then I thought, why enter into a competition about who's busier, who works harder, who's more tired? Because really, what's the point?
One thing that struck me about the post was its aggressive tone. The pinnacle of the speech was "Balancing work life and home life while working from home? It’s a f#$%in’ joke."
I guess in the end I just wonder - why is it important?
We all work to earn money, we all do it in different ways. Some people work during the day. Some work at night. Some do it at home while also watching their kids. Some don't do it at all. We can go on forever comparing all the little details of our day to see who is worse off, but in the end what does it matter?