What’s Your Ideal Work Arrangement?

Posted by Marko on August 24, 2018 in Off Topic |

The past few weeks have been a total whirlwind for me. Earlier this month I launched my first e-book, then awaited some changes looming in my full-time job. Late last week, I finally got the news. I am being switched from salary to hourly employment. While the details aren’t finalized, what’s certain is there are going to be some huge changes in my working life.

As I figure out exactly what this new work arrangement means for me, there are a few things I’m nervous about:

  1. Not knowing what my weekly or monthly income will be.
  2. Finding outside opportunities that allow for remote work arrangements.
  3. Not knowing what my days or weeks will look like.

On the flip side, there are several things I’m excited about with this new arrangement:

  1. Having the time to take on outside projects that interest me.
  2. Being able to continue to stay home with my two-year old son.
  3. Not knowing what my days or weeks will look like.

There is an element of excitement knowing that I might have a little more control over my schedule. Up until now, I’ve been pretty much strapped to my laptop, playing email ping-pong and generally making myself available.

The benefits  – other than a guaranteed bi-weekly paycheck — while on salary with my current employer were two weeks of paid vacation and a remote work arrangement. So I’m not losing health insurance or retirement matching by switching to hourly.

And honestly, while I know I’ll still be spending a great deal of time online, I like the idea of being able to log my time and take a guilt-free break if I want. And I love the idea of charging the market rate for the work I do.

A couple of years ago, Kirk and I hadn’t discovered minimalism and our expenses were far higher than they are today. Becoming consumer debt free and minimizing our expenses and possessions has created so much peace in our lives. If this same situation would have presented itself two years ago, I think we would have been in serious financial trouble.

 Do you work outside the home? If so, what kind of work arrangement do you have? What is your ideal work situation?

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