More Than 8 Working Hours

Everyone needs a job to sustain life.

We need money for food, accommodation, transportation and other things in life that stand between our need and desires.

So, we work to earn money, with the hope to change our life around.

Do you work more than 8 hours a day, to make sure that your projects are done on time?

Perhaps you can earn a few more bucks by doing some other jobs, aside from the projects you are working on?

The truth is some people do work 24/7 – with a few hours off to sleep, maybe.

Other than sleeping, everything else is all about work, getting work done and gaining more work, after the previous work is done.

I don’t really work 24 hours, 7 days a week, but I definitely work more than 8 hours.

Sometimes, I find myself going towards the “working 24/7” mode, especially when I have tons of work to be completed.

I don’t seem to be able to take my mind off work, at anytime and anywhere, not even when I am spending time with family and I have no idea why I just can’t leave work where it is supposed to be – in my home office.

However, I do enjoy freelancing even though having to work more than 8 hours, because I get to work at home, using my own laptop and wear whatever I want, without having to worry about wardrobe malfunctions, spending additional money for lunches or paying even more expenses for transportation to and fro the office.

The whole point of me being in the freelancing industry is to avoid working in the office, although I only need to work about 8 hours in the office. Now, I truly enjoy the world of freelancing, even if it means I have to work more than 8 hours a day.

Do you work more than 8 hours a day, or do you set 8 hours as your working hours and the rest of the hours are non-working related?

There is nothing wrong working more than 8 hours except you have to watch your health and sanity.

Telecommuting

People have been asking me the same questions.

“What is telecommuting?”

Years ago, I was asking myself the same thing.

Thanks to Google, our best friend, you can truly learn about anything you want.

Do you know the meaning? No?

According to Google (by using the search keyword ‘define:telecommuting‘)

  • employment at home while communicating with the workplace by phone or fax or modem
    wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
  • Telecommuting, e-commuting, e-work, telework, working from home (WFH), or working at home (WAH) is a work arrangement in which employees enjoy flexibility in working location and hours. In other words, the daily commute to a central place of work is replaced by telecommunication links.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommuting
  • The action of working from home, sometimes for part of a working day or week, using a computer connected to one’s employer’s network or via the Internet.
    en.wiktionary.org/wiki/telecommuting
  • Telecommuter – Telecommuters spend at least part of their workday at home or a telecottage, using computers or other telecommunications equipment. Most telecommuters live on the fringe of large cities and in the suburbs and exurbs, in what is known as the “two-hour telecommuting ring”.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommuter
  • The practice of using telecommunication technologies to facilitate work at a site away from the traditional office location and environment. teleconference – Interactive, electronic communication among three or more people at two or more sites.
    shopfort1.com/t1terms.cfm
  • working with others via telecommunications technologies (eg, telephones, modems, faxes) without physically travelling to an office.
    www.nrdc.org/reference/glossary/t.asp
  • Telecommuting uses telecommunication technology such as the Internet to work outside of the traditional workplace. An individual may be on a company’s payroll, but perform his or her duties from the home.
    eca.com/terminology.html
  • An arrangement where an employee works either part or all of their workweek from a location other than the standard place of work (office).
    hrcouncil.ca/hr-toolkit/HRToolkitGlossary.cfm
  • telecommuter – A work-at-home computer user who connects to the corporate LAN backbone using remote access technologies.
    www.ohsu.edu/edcomm/vcs/glossary/
  • This may be a subgroup of Human Resource Policy. (To be decided whether it should be a separate keyword.)
    ccs.mit.edu/21c/iokey.html
  • The practice of working from home and communicating with your fellow workers using teleconferencing. Also known as teleworking: linked closely to …
    www.martech-intl.com/best2/glossary.htm
  • Periodic work out of the principal office, one or more days per week, either at home, a client’s site, or in a telework center; the partial or total substitution of information technologies for the commute to work. …
    www.jala.com/definitions.php
  • Working at home for a business. Data and documents are usually transmitted to and from a central office via computer, fax, and telephone.
    www.cybercitymommies.com/Glossary.html
  • Use of a telephone and/or computer system in the home that allows an employee perform job duties and to communicate with the office without actually traveling to and from work.
    www.thecallcenterschool.com/tools/glossary.aspx
  • Working at home but connecting to one s office by way of a computer network. Source: Learning Circuits
    www.deploypromis.eu/en/glossary-t.html

Do you like telecommuting?

Home Based Jobs

Recently, I have received an enquiry from Rossa Deken.

I need to find a home based job because I am tired of office hours. Would you advice me what should I do?

Rossa, if you are reading this, this would be my reply to you.

The truth is everyone is tired of office hours.

The reason I become a freelance writer is because I hate working hours (9am to 6pm or similar working hours).

As I said, I used to work in retail stores and offices. I know it is difficult to work according to a set of working hours. If you work for yourself, at least you get to set your own working hours. The best part would be to go on a holiday at anytime you want.

I would suggest you to give freelancing a try, but don’t quit on your day job because:

  • If you quit now and your freelance work is not successful, you will be having a tough time because you won’t have enough money to support your living cost until you get a new job.
  • If you quit now and you can’t find any freelance work to do, at least you can still earn money from your current day job.

If you are sure you want to start freelancing, be sure to have enough money to support you for at least six months. Otherwise, don’t think about it at all.

As to finding a freelance job that is suitable for you, refer to this article.

I hope you can find the right path towards your dream career.

Regards,

No Home Office

I am going through a tough period.

With no home office, I can’t seem to work properly.

This is why, having a home office is very important.

Since I work at home, I definitely need my own working space.

Now that I am working all over the places, I can’t even update my blog as frequent as possible.

Can you imagine me working in the living room, on the bed and even in the kitchen, in a house of 6 people.

Ideas seem to get stuck in my head, can’t get them out.

Hopefully I will be able to get my home office real soon.

Why Dog is the Best Companion for a Writer?

Sometimes, being a writer can be lonely. You might be married and have a family but there are writers who are single and live alone out there.

Imagine having to write at home, alone. Watch TV alone. Eat alone. You have to do everything alone. Life sucks although you are making big money from your writing career.

If you are a writer, living in an apartment alone and wishing to have somebody to accompany you while you work, consider adopting a dog (or a cat but I prefer dog so I am going to talk about dogs only).

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The reasons why dog is the best companion?

  1. Dogs are comforting. You get tired, you look at the dog, you feel better. You need to relax? Go down to the park and play fetch. This way, you get some exercise too. You can even jog with your dog. Remember the dog in Rocky’s movies?
  2. Dogs don’t talk. They bark and yet you get peace while working although once in a while your dog might break the silence with a bark.
  3. Dogs do what they do best, guard. It is an added security for your home.
  4. Give your dog a hug when you need a hug.
  5. Share noms (food) with your dog. Watch TV and share snacks.
  6. Dogs never complain. They are content with the food you give them. They are happy to see you. They are happy to have a place to live. They are thankful. Occasionally they might want a bone or two. Just give in to them if they behave well.
  7. They walk on 4 legs. They are funny to look at. They are cute. They give you puppy eyes. They know what to do when you are sad. They make you happy. You can never resist a smile when you look at them.
  8. Dogs are loyal. Loyalty is important. They won’t leave you for no reason.

Why not get a dog now if you are lonely? Once you get a dog, your life won’t be so lonely anymore.

Adopt a dog