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No More Sick Days | J Bryant Writes

No More Sick Days

I’m officially a full-time freelancer. No more nannying (last Thursday was my final day with Baby L). No waitressing (do not miss that at all). Just me and my computer. And a few clients :)

A little over a year after leaving public accounting, I am actually making a living working for myself. No, it isn’t exactly how I thought it would be. But this morning I woke up and wrote a blog post for a client, responded to some emails, and then left my apartment to run by the bank. When I got back, I sent more emails, pinned some things on Pinterest (y’all, I’m actually making money managing Pinterest boards for a client! How fun is that?), updated a spreadsheet tracking site stats, and then turned all the lights out to rest for a little bit.

But today I’m also reminded of the downside of freelancing. I started getting sick on Friday, but since I had to attend a bridesmaid luncheon on Saturday morning and throw a bachelorette party on Saturday night, taking it easy wasn’t an option. So I pushed through until noon on Sunday, when I climbed into bed and slept. I literally took a 7 hour nap, woke up to eat dinner and talk to my parents to assure them I was still alive, then went back to sleep until this morning.

The thing about freelancing is, I could have told my clients I was sick and couldn’t work today. But then I would have lost out on income. That was one nice thing about my last desk job: unlimited sick days! (Oh, and health insurance was also a nice little bonus of a regular job…)

So today I’m working from my bed with Coco by my side, drinking lots of water, and taking DayQuil every four hours. Oh, and avoiding all phone calls because my voice pretty much is non-existent at the moment.

Try not to be too jealous of my life today.

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One Response to “No More Sick Days”

  1. Katie June 6, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    On the other hand, when you work a job where you get exactly ten paid days off a year, whether you use them for sickness or vacation, and you run the office so it’s well-nigh impossible to not show up without months of advance notice, and thus you end up coming in to work even when you feel miserable…being sick and miserable but working at home sounds totally awesome. ;-)

    Feel better soon!