I am currently sitting at the kitchen table in a “Villa” in Fairmont Springs British Columbia, Canada. Working.
My wife and son and two beautiful Grandkids (who you have met here before) are away skiing on a beautiful sunny day with a Temperature of ab0ut +6C. Very nice.
But here I am working. But why does it feel so good ?
The fact is, though, that I love all the facts listed above.
Working FOR yourself, and BY yourself means you are NEVER off-line for longer than a few hours at a time (like when travelling here all the way from the East by plane and rental car (although I HAVE worked on-line in cars more than once)). In fact yesterday I spent the bulk of the day logged in using the WIFI at the Ski Resort with both Wendy and I on-line working away while waving encouragement out the window.
This is my reality and I love it !!
Being an Excel and Access developer means that you are pretty much going to be a one-man band. It also means that if you want to take vacations you cannot tell your bosses that you are going away – because your bosses (clients) don’t care about your schedule or your life :-). Oh sure some of them are considerate about development but if they have a problem in their business and you are the person they need to fix it – YOU ARE GETTING A CALL !! And this fact means that we may just continue to make a living doing this.
Every time I work out in public because, like yesterday, it allows me to share time with my family in important moments, like their first ski lesson, I get dirty looks and sometimes comments from strangers about “getting a life” or some such thing. But they don’t realize that I AM the business I work for and without me everything stops COLD. Any small business owner understands that. I am just SO lucky that thanks to the Internet and Citrix and VPNs I am free to mix my personal travels with my business ina way that’s a “win-win” for me, my family AND my clients. And my smart clients understand and appreciate that.
Back to work with the Mountain view outside the window all directions.