I had an interesting week at work. I talked to Billie (my supervisor) about my plans to stay home with the girls and discussed options for freelance and part-time work with both Billie and Human Resources. I haven't given notice or shared an exact time-line. Billie is very supportive. She has a kid and is also having a challenging time balancing work and home life. From HR I learned that the best option may be to start a small freelancing business. Hiring freelancers is more cost effective for the Society than hiring through a third party contracting firm, and the tax advantages of having a small business would be beneficial to us.
I like the idea of continuing to work on my terms--and the "extra" money wouldn't hurt. It's not that I don't enjoy working, it's just WAY too much of a good thing. Squeezing 8 to 12 hours into the cracks of our week would be doable. Any more than that and I'd need help. What would be preferable, and a more likely scenario, is to work in short, sporadic, blocks of days or weeks. I'd need to hire a sitter and/or trade with other homeschooling parents. Who knows, maybe a few years from now we'll be swinging at anchor in Vanuatu and I'll be thinking, "Snorkeling? Another mango? Make a map? Snorkeling?" How much work will I be getting done then? Hopefully not much! -WR
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