When I first met my husband almost six years ago, he was working remotely from home for a small company in Virginia. (He’s a software engineer.) I had never known of anyone who worked at home before that. It just wasn’t something people did in our relatively small North Carolina town, and to be honest, I was a little skeptical. I wasn’t entirely convinced he had a real job. “You work from home? Is that a real thing?” He assured me that it was, and when I realized he actually did have a real job and worked from home, I kind of became obsessed with the idea. I wanted to be able to work from home too. That seemed like the dream life right there.
It would be several years and one giant move to NYC later, that I would finally realize my working at home dream. In 2009 I finally quit my 9 to 5 job to pursue photography full time and – dun dun dun – work from home. And oh it was magical! For all of a month. And then I slowly realized that all the things I thought I disliked about working out of the house… I actually really missed.
I missed the routine of getting up and dressed and going to work every morning. Now my commute was about 20 feet, and I did it in my pajamas each morning. Also… no desk. My coffee table (now coffee ottoman) was my desk. And no co-workers, unless you count Olive and Boo Radley. (And despite all my pestering, neither of them has learned how to do my bookkeeping or answer my phone calls. They’re not very good employees at all.) The working at home dream was not at all what it was cracked up to be, and after almost two years, I am completely over it. I need to get out of my house every morning again, for the sake of my sanity.
So I’m on the look out for a desk. I don’t even need a full office, just a desk where I can sit and get my work done everyday. Preferably in Manhattan, but I think that’s unlikely, so Brooklyn would be okay too. (And it has to be affordable. Obviously.) Ideally I’d like to find something within the next week or two. SO… if you know of something, or have an office and would be open to an office-mate, please let me know! The work at home dream is dead… and now I’m daydreaming about offices for the first time in my life.
Have you worked at home? Did it make you crazy?
(One of my co-workers… cute but useless.)