I signed up for Mary Kay not once or twice but four times. Yes, four. In my defense I’m pretty okay at it without putting in much effort. I’ve signed up for Avon once. And after I realized you could make money blogging I briefly thought that I could make that into a full-time career. But here’s the thing…I actually like working for “The Man”.
It’s almost embarrassing to admit. I’m not a doctor or a lawyer. Nor do I have some sort of social services position where I’m out helping the world. I’m an Executive Assistant. And truth be told, I’m totally okay with you calling me a secretary. Heck, I even call myself that sometimes. And even though I work in a business casual environment, I still sometimes go in totally rocking the sexy secretary look. If Joan would sell me her entire wardrobe (and if she wasn’t a character on a TV show), I would buy the whole thing. I’ve got the boobs for it.
I enjoy the benefits and the fact that I don’t have to manage them or work extra hard for three months so that I can enjoy two weeks off later. I still get to work my regular 40 hours. And get all my time off. Sick time too. Which seems like something I’ve been needing a lot of lately.
I enjoy leaving my house, getting dressed up, and not seeing my family for a while. Sorry. I love them dearly but sometimes I just need a freakin’ break. And I bore easily. Despite all the pain I was in last week, I was bored. Out of my mind. Sure, I could have used the time to grow my blog but then that feels like work and it totally would suck the fun out of it. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy my day job because I do. I enjoy it because it’s not in my house. To me a house is for fun and family and enjoyment. Not for work.
Having my boss tell me I did a good job brings me joy that I’m sure is bizarre to many. I like getting compliments. And I can say thank you (most of the time) and move on. Having coworkers and customers compliment me on my nail color brings me glee and I might even tell them that I got it from Julep if they seem interested (I’m on pins and needles now waiting for my Specked for Spring 100% Mystery Box. Totally lost my train of thought thinking about it). And I can feel good about the conversation because I haven’t shoved a business card in their face and asked for their phone number. Although I may need to rethink the business card thing. If I did not have a job to go to, I honestly wouldn’t leave the house. And I’d be stuck here talking to my husband and the cat. They don’t compliment me that much. And when they do it’s not the same, they have to tell me nice things. Either because they love me or because they want me to shut up. And, yes, Jeffrey the Cat talks. Seriously, people.
I like having people rely on me. It’s gotten worse since the kids are grown. Yes, Jason and Jeffrey rely on me but see all of the above statements. I just like knowing that I’m bringing value to something/someone.
There are other reasons, and I can go on and on about this but it’s getting late and I have some mangos to eat. Anyway, with the emphasis on self-employment as of late, and the many benefits of it (because I truly agree that there are many), I thought I’d share. Perhaps there is one more person out there like me who happens to just like having a regular job. On the middle rung. Just kinda hangin’ out.
- Self-employed or working for someone else?
- If you’re self-employed or working on being self-employed how do you keep work and home separate?
- What are your career goals?