Every blogger doesn’t have the luxury of working solely from home. The income a blog can generate isn’t always stable enough to sustain a household. So, I thought I’d share my thoughts on this with you and some of the college students I instruct.
Years ago, when I lived in Georgia, I commuted to work every single day. It wasn’t that I lived super far away, it was the rush hour traffic that turned a 30 minute drive into an hour to 1 ½ hours. If there was a storm or an accident, it could easily become a two hour drive.
By the time I got to work, I was already exhausted. At the time, I was teaching middle schoolers – and if no other job requires high energy, it’s that one!
I didn’t realize how much of a burden commuting had been until I moved closer into town. I didn’t realize how much money I was wasting on fuel, until I discovered at the end one month, I actually had extra money to spend on more groceries.
After that, I decided that I would never commute again. If I was going to take a job, I was going to have to live no more than 25-30 minutes away – traffic or no traffic!
When I was blogging full-time, things were even sweeter – no commute was necessary at all! Working remotely from my own home was the ideal situation. I met with clients via Skype and submitted documents via email.
I think eventually more careers will allow people to work remotely, but until then, I have some advice: unless you land the absolute position of your dreams, avoid commuting. If you must commute, secure an inexpensive studio that you can use during the week and then return home on the weekends. If you can’t afford this extra expense, make arrangements to move closer, it will be worth it in the end when you find yourself with extra time to sleep in and more money in your pocket instead of at the fuel pump.
If you’re fortunate enough to find a place close to your job, you could ride a bike or even walk – that, like this silly little video suggests would be awesome!
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