The 3 Deadbeats Working in Your Home Office – Part 1: Farley

me-in-kitchen-with-farley2Who ever guessed that I – a self-employed copywriter – had employees on the payroll?

Except for my little dog, Harry, I thought I was alone here … typing away in my small office, a spare bedroom in my home.

Fellow freelancers or companies of one, get up from your chair and look around. You need to meet the people who lack motivation, suck you into their time wasting activities, and – oh yes – get paid.

I’m talking about your other personalities, of course. The little voices in your head that talk you into doing anything but work. When you allow yourself to see them as real people sharing your space and time, things can get ugly.

To keep things short (and tease you into returning again and again), I’m sharing this hot info as a mini-series – one at a time. Of course, in the event you feel a sudden urge to rip me a new one for testing your will, all three parts are here on this blog.

Meet Farley, the Fun Employee

You spent years of your life working under the watchful eye of an employer before becoming your own boss. Suddenly, you could play fetch with your dog “to get the creative juices flowing.” You could have a two-hour lunch with an old friend “to network.” You could work on downloading a music compilation. No reason, Farley said it was okay.

Farley justifies any fun activity because, after all, you work hard. You deserve a little “me time.” Farley loves diversions and sucks you right in every time. Thing is, Farley gets paid just for showing up. And his salary comes out of your earnings. Just let this fun-loving employee take you on a few adventures and you’ll see it for yourself at the end of the month when bills are due.

Farley’s the reason you’ll miss a deadline or have to make an excuse to a client. At some point, you’ll realize the guy’s gotta go.

In the next installment, you’ll meet Patty, the practical employee. In a word, yikes.

 

Comments welcome!

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10 Comments

  1. Great way of getting this story across! Although fictional, we can all relate to the very real Farley in all of us. I have to admit, I had to cheat and read the whole article. You nailed it!

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  2. A true look behind the scenes in so many freelance offices. You need to add the spouse who doesn’t understand that, just cuz your home, doesn’t mean your not working!

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  3. I was impatient so I had to go to Ezine to see who the other two employees were 😀 As for Farleys, we all know one like we know ourselves. And I agree, you could add impatient spouses and friends who can’t understand “why you can’t leave the house RIGHT NOW, you have no working hours” 😀

    Anyway, fun stuff 🙂

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  4. DUDE — funny story, fantastic characterization … Farley, the Fun Employee. Nice job. Looking forward to the next installment.

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