Why Transcriptionists Don't Hate Mondays

Mar 25, 2023

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.

It's priceless.

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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