BIG KUDOS to everyone who has responded thus far! It seems like being able to have flexibility and in a sense "call your own shots" are very positive reasons to love your job and boy, do I agree with you! It's great on a Friday (the 13th for those who cross your fingers) to hear such positive, uplifting responses!
Good question 4390
Been lucky to love my
artwork for most waking hours of my life, and get paid well for it.
Can't think of anything that is a greater waste of time in anyones life than sending it not likeing or loving your job, work or being of service.
It's the crime of the century.
Unfortunately, I hear a lot from people who hate their jobs but do them because of the debt they have backed themselves into. It is the best way of shortening your life. Enjoying what you do, and even more so, leaving what you hate to follow your passion takes guts. It's saying I will not be controlled by my circumstances but I will be in control of my circumstances. I know because this is what I did almost three years ago. Yes, it was hard but I did it and I am so glad I did!
There are a lot of people who really hate getting up in the morning because they have to go to a job that is very stressful, very unfulfilling or very far to commute. We hear from them a lot. Now it’s your turn. Those who really love and appreciate what they do. They rise in the morning, looking forward to another productive day.
Okay, what’s so good about YOUR job?
I get to work with Hubbers, read so much good writing, and learn so many new things on a regular basis.
Streets in my neighborhood a sheet of ice! I'm in my home office chilling! Another reason why I love my job!
I'm a Freelance English teacher in Milan, Italy. The variety, fun and freedom are the best parts. There is a big downside but that's another discussion
My job is time demanding, though not all that stressful, but I like it that way.
After I retired; I pursued my passion for Graphic Designing on a regular basis. One of the good things about it is that I commute from my bedroom to my home office. That takes me about a minute. I can communicate with my clients either in my office or by email and telephone.
I don't worry about "Snow Days" because I can still get my work done without leaving the comfort of my home and I have my breaks and lunches whenever I want them. I also listen to classical music and enjoy an atmosphere of serenity and productivity.
Yes, my job or should I say my career is all I could ask for in a job! Even when my clients become a bit fussy--I still have the convenience of meeting their demands without having to get "approval" from someone "higher up."
First of all, I'm my own boss. Secondly, I actually see my counseling "job" as a ministry, and love helping people work through their personal issues. It is very rewarding to know you're making a difference is someone's life.
Edit: Being able to do administrative work from home, in pajamas, is a plus.
I am self-employed and yes that comes with stress and uncertainty at times, but it also means I don't have to answer to others, play office politics, or deal with people who I don't choose to associate with.
It has given me the benefit of being more self-motivated, organized and determined - because if I'm not we don't eat or pay bills. There's a lot of incentive to get one's act together when you depend solely on your self.
Freelancing also allows me to use my creative talents (writing, design etc) which is what I prefer to do over my former life in hotel management. No matter what you do, there are going to be days you just don't want to do it, but working on my own I face those days far less frequently now.
My commute is about 20 feet each morning, from bed to office. I often work in my PJs (always something comfy) with my dogs at my feet or sometimes in my chair with me, as a backrest. My hours are really flexible; as long as I get the work done, it usually doesn't matter when that happens. Then again, sometimes I work more than full time and don't get paid days off or vacations. (Well, with one exception; I actually do have a client who pays me to take time off over the winter holidays.)
I love freelancing, which I've been doing full time for the past several years. I've had the office jobs and the proverbial 9-5s (which were usually more like 8-5 or 8-6), but this lifestyle is much more to my liking. It still can get stressful at times, and having multiple clients can be a challenge, but I wouldn't trade it for a so-called "real job" for anything. Freelancing allows me the freedom to do Search & Rescue -- a passion of mine -- and go backpacking/hiking, another passion. And I really do live for my passions.
I love what I do now, and I love the flexibility it gives me. Here's what I like about it:
- I choose when I do the work. Complete flexibility.
- The return on investment (for my consulting work) is significant - very good income per hour invested.
- The university teaching is rewarding - I enjoy it, and can take a term off if I want.
- When my work is completed, the time is mine (I'm not chained to being someplace for eight hours).
- My mind is more freed-up to do more creative writing, and I enjoy that.
As Ramkitten said, the freelance jobs don't provide paid time off, but it all works out.
Although I had a great career in the 8-5 world, I am very aware of the stress it created. I don't regret those years - I learned a lot, made great friends and professional associates, and had some amazing experiences. That career made it possible to do what I do now.
My boss works out of a different facility 25 miles away so aside from two or three visits a year she's just a voice on the phone. Not a bad arrangement.
At the moment my main job is raising my son, so I get to hangout with the most fun little 20 month old everyday. We have our moments, but most of the time its great.
I am the Director of Recreation in a nursing home. What is so good about my job is that I get to plan fun and enjoyable programs for our longterm residents and our patients who are here for therapy. Today we are having our Valentine's Day Party (we do not have parties on the weekend). For the past two weeks I have had residents, patients and visitors come up to me excited about the party. We introduced a new entertainer in December for our resident/family Christmas/holiday party and everyone loved him. He is coming to perform again today. The dining room is decorated with all types of Valentine Decorations, red table cloths and heart shaped mylar balloons. The dining services department is making us yummy desserts and beverages. When I see resdients and patients smiling, laughing, singing and clapping, this makes my day and I feel as though my staff and I did something good for someone else. This job is very rewarding in the sense you make people happy. In a nursing home that is so important.
We enjoy working in other countries and sharing what we know well. We have freedom to say no to whatever contracts we don't want as well as determine our own time so we have kept our summers in Canada protected.
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