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Who’s your homeworking hero?

Who’s helped you with homeworking?

Homeworking heroLast week I tweeted a link to an old post in which I paid tribute to A, my homeworking hero, for all his work in keeping my site going and supporting me in many other ways.

I got such a positive response I’ve decided it’s time to acknowledge other homeworking heroes, and I’d like to start by thanking all those who contribute to the blog and talk to me through social media. You make it all worthwhile.

I’d also like to mention some of the stories that have been much appreciated on the blog by readers in a similar tricky situation:

Jane Binnion – for writing so honestly about how working from home has helped her cope with her dyspraxia and lead a full working and family life after many years of struggling with an office job. Jane is passionate about encouraging people with a disability or chronic illness to consider homeworking as an option.

Paul Graves – Paul is a homeworking programmer and database administrator for Hewlett-Packard and the cheerful owner of a messy desk that gets clogged up with stuff left by his four children – ‘I see my family far more that I did before, so I’ll cope with the mess’. He took time away from work and his ‘passion for doing the laundry’ to share his tips on on how parents can enjoy the school break while still getting some work done.

Janine Beattie – Janine was made redundant from a job that allowed homeworking, which she needed as a single mother in order to be around for her children. But the jobs just weren’t available and to her surprise she found herself not only starting her own home business but also taking on and running four Women in Business Network franchises. Janine’s story was well-received on social media as a inspiration to people who find themselves in the same situation.

Annette Morris – Annette emailed me earlier this year after the unexpected death of her much-loved Weimaraner Nibs, who had been a central part of her homeworking routine. It was lovely to hear from her again more recently and find out that she is recovering and has adopted two puppies. Annette agreed to share her story, which many home workers identified with and led to a rapid use of tissues as I read their stories!

Who has helped you during a difficult time or been a role model? It could be another home worker, your mum, a friend, your partner. Who is your homeworking hero?

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  1. Mel says:

    What lovely stories, but I would like to add that homeworking can fit for people who may not have disability or child care issues but just help with certain quirks or personalities.

    I have the attention span of a goldfish and I like to do a bit of work, play, work, play and so working from home and choosing my own hours allows me to adapt a work style that fits my personality.

    Sometime I am a morning girl, sometimes its evenings and in the winter I like play time in the day so I can get out in the sunlight.

    I am also able to work in away that is authentic and genuine for me, which means that I can then give 100% to my clients.

    Working from home and being your own boss is no picnic it takes time, commitment, focus, determination and discipline.

    There are plenty of ways to beat the isolation once you acknowledge it exists and get creative.

    Long live working from home. I am off to walk the dogs before my next client comes.

    Today work is a walk in the park as I take the therapy dogs for a break before the next family arrives.

    Best wishes homeworkers

    Mel Riley
    Private Practice Counsellor