Whilst lying in bed, one foot hanging out of the covers and the other leg rubbing my husband’s hairy calf, I managed to organise twelve comedy gigs and all the transport and travel involved. Then I slipped the laptop onto the floor, turned round and fell asleep. That’s the good side of working from home.
You don’t have to go into the office and sleepy bodies are right there beside you when executive decisions are being made. It’s comforting and husband is always available for consultation, he is basically my assistant on demand 24 hours a day. Luckily I don’t have to pay him other than the calf rubbing! You wouldn’t get that in the office.
Not that I have ever worked in an office anyway, but the thought of a nine to five job crushes me. Before I was a comedian and writer, I owned a bar in Glasgow and we lived above, so it always felt like I worked at home.
I can do most of my writing, organising and paperwork at 3am if the mood takes me, and deadlines are easily met if I get bored watching TV. When am out on the road as a comic, hotel rooms become the office space and Skype becomes my tool of communication.
Now with an IPhone I can go visit my dad sit in his garden and in between chats I can work at my leisure. It’s an easy life.
Working from home then becomes working away from home, as the comedy gigs take me around the globe.
I would like to write about the down side of working from home but I don’t have any, other than heaps of paper work that clutters up my dresser in the living room, but that’s fine and it does have a system, it takes up the space people usually reserve for ornaments. I don’t have ornaments; I have contracts, bills and receipts for tax returns.
Home based work is good and so are the perks, you get to kiss your man anytime, eat when you want, watch TV, talk on the phone, take a six hour bed break and get to spend time with your family.
Working from home – what’s not to love?
Multi-award-winning Scottish comedienne, playwright, award-winning blogger, best-selling author and former Scotsman newspaper columnist Janey Godley has performed her comedy shows and one-woman play around the world, including off-Broadway in New York. She is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute.
In 2006, Janey was nominated and was close runner-up for the annual Scotswoman of the Year title as ‘the most inspirational woman in Scotland‘. At the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, she won the Spirit of The Festival Award.
A regular 5-star performer at the Edinburgh Fringe, in 2008 she won the Fringe Report Award as ‘Best Performer‘ and two Nivea Funny Women Fringe Awards – as ‘Best Stand-Up‘ and, overall, for ‘Best Show‘ as “one of the most prolific and extraordinary stand-up comedians working in the UK”. In 2008, she also won Edinburgh’s WAG of the Year Award as ‘Best After Dinner Speaker‘, was nominated as ‘Best International Guest‘ in the 2008 New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards and was voted No 3 by readers in London listing magazine Time Out’s list of Top Ten Comedians.
In 2009, her new Edinburgh Fringe show Godley’s World received three 5-star reviews.