I saw this great blog post this morning by Chris Brogan (one of my favorite social media gurus) and think it’s worth sharing. Not just because he video blogged while driving out of Boston — yes he was behind the wheel while he vlogged — but because he reminded me of how grateful I am for my current life.
I used to be on the daily commute, driving or taking the train 4 hours each day to my job in downtown Chicago or in the suburbs. I never had breakfast with my kids, rarely smelled the beautiful air in my hilly town and never met the parents of my kids’ friends. That’s all changed since I’ve become an independent contractor working for two agencies, Pipeline Media Relations and Marj Halperin Consulting.
Being in PR and marketing offers many pluses — the first of which is the ability to stay connected out of a home office. The client never knows I’m not in a downtown cubicle. During conference calls, no one knows I’m in my shorts. And after writing or editing content or analyzing research, no one knows whether the work was completed at a local Starbucks or at my desk.
Three years ago, I lost my job and that opened so many doors for me to work from home, to try new things, to learn social media, and to get connected to my community. My independent work was done out of necessity. If you’re at all thinking about following my path, don’t wait much longer because you will not regret your decision.