It's Monday and my Facebook timeline is filled with sad, borderline pathetic posts and cartoons about the Monday morning blues.
Corporate "slavery" is the cause of their angst.
As I scroll through my newsfeed and read these posts, I can't help but feel sorry for them because I never feel that way. I thank the Lord every day that I'm not a slave to someone else's clock. Working as a freelance transcriptionist affords me the ability to choose when, how often, and where I work.
Of all the benefits attached to being your own boss, I think time freedom is the absolute best.
What price tag can be put on knowing that, if I choose, I can sleep in? I can stay up late. I can work 12 hours or I can work 2 hours. I can take care of my family and be there for them when they need me. I can make doctor and other appointments at my convenience. I can meet friends for lunch without worrying about being late back to work. I never have to ask permission for a day off. I don't have to spend money on "work clothes," commuting, child or elder care, meals out, and all the other expenses associated with going to a "job."
All truly priceless.
That doesn't mean that transcriptionists don't work hard -- 'cause we do. It doesn't mean that there aren't some time constraints -- 'cause there are. We have to meet our clients' needs. But when and where we work is entirely up to us as general or legal transcriptionists. All I need to complete my "work" is a laptop and an internet connection.
It's late April in New York. The forecast is for a sunny 80 degrees. That's the warmest it's been yet, and I'm headed to the park to work. I can chill by the river, be in nature, and work on some really interesting content that my clients have sent me to transcribe.
So no, I don't hate Mondays -- or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, or any other day of the week. They're all good days when you love your work.
Life is good when you're a transcriptionist.
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