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  1. David Carse wrote on

    I just smile in the radiance of their envy.

    You don’t need to defend the way you work.
    You are the future.

    I say “I work for myself and have a good relationships with my clients”, “I have time to spend with my wife and my children instead of commuting”, “I work in relaxing beautiful environs”, “I work the way you want to work”, “I work the way you should be working and the way your children will do in the future”.

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Sure, if he actually knew I worked from home, I would. But I don’t think we’ve ever discussed it. :-\

  2. Candice wrote on

    I’m pretty sure my inlaws think I sit at home and eat bon bons all day. They’ve even heard me talk to clients on the phone. I figure there’s no point in trying to change people’s minds. The people in my house know and that’s what matters.

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Fortunately, I think my extended family knows I work hard. I think…

  3. Camilla wrote on

    I think it’s a problem the older generation have because they don’t understand online businesses.

    I haven’t had someone be as blunt with me like that before, but I do get these a lot:

    – “It must be so nice to choose when you work!”
    – “I couldn’t work for myself, I need deadlines.”
    – “Can you meet me in the middle of the day? You’ve got time, don’t you?”

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Haha. Yeah definitely heard all of those before! :-)

  4. Belinda @ Copywrite Matters wrote on

    I agree with the comments here. You don’t need to justify or explain yourself.

    That said, THIS WOULD DRIVE ME BATSHIT CRAZY. I know I would seek out ‘spontaneous and casual’ conversations and oh so casually drop in my work schedule. Repeatedly. To the point of being awkward.

    But it’s no use because once the moment is gone to laugh and say, “so do I (work all week)”, the moment is gone.

    My friends and family know I work hard. Partly because I’m always working and partly because I tell them I’m always working ;) I’m sure a lot of people I meet nowadays think I’m a stay at home mum. Whatevs.

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Yeah, you hit the nail on the head there: The moment is gone. Now I feel like any mention of it will be awkward. Especially as I don’t speak to him that often… “Hi Peter, you’ll never guess what I did WHILE I WAS WORKING ALL WEEK, this week…”

  5. James wrote on

    I do not care for swimming. Nor for conversing with neighbours, come to think of it. It seems I’m not missing a great deal.

  6. Scott Bampton wrote on

    It’s tough to explain the distinction to some people – and boomers seem to have the most trouble with it. To them, “work” means punch clocks, a lengthy commute, and staying with the same company for 35+ years; the modern knowledge-based economy is totally foreign to many of them.

    I say this because a boomer recently told me I was “really just unemployed”. My reply helped him understand the distinction: “The unemployed get financial help from the government. I don’t get jack.”

    I guess the difference there was that I’d already told the guy what I do and he still thought I was a dole bludger!

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