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Business as usual

After discovering all the positivesof working from home, one cannnot think of a 9-5 job, feels Rupa Manek.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2008 12:04 IST
Rupa Manek

I am onto something unique - a business model that has given me the best output on every front.

I have always wanted to run my own organisation and when the opportunity came along, I took it on and set up a private firm at home. The past year has been a huge learning experience and the second year has begun well too. My balance sheet already looks decent.

No stress
I have also been doing a lot more than before but it's not even been stressful. Despite busy afternoon hours and all-night sessions, catnaps through the day rejuvenate me.

Content management, editing, designing, juggling clients, managing the household chores, taking care of my two tiny tots (a six-year-old girl and a boy of four) and actively participating in running the affairs of my housing society.. all this keep me extremely busy but excited as well.

My biggest stressbusters are my children. I get to see them 24X7 and that keeps me going - packing them off to school, giving them bear hugson their return and being there for their million queries.

They are always under my care and that's the huge bonus of working from home.

No traffic nightmares
Since I don't have to go to work, I even avoid commuting tensions. There are no traffic nightmares in my life. For the household errands, I commute during the non-peak hours.

Initially, I missed not having colleagues around. One has to be really motivated to work on your own from home. Constant interruptions can be difficult if you are not used to switching on and off instantly. But on the positive side, one quickly learns to attend to everything and not leave anything pending.

Answerable to no one
Also, working at your own time and in your space adds to comfort level.

I take my own decisions and I'm not answerable to anyone. I feel good about my work and I want to keep taking on more. And as work grows, greater knowledge and financial independence adds to the contentment. It energises me to spend quality time with my family.

It wasn't smooth-sailing all along. Initially, things were tough. Continuous interruptions and the boss-cum-secre tarial role for myself seemed a disastrous formula initially. But now after discovering all the pos itives, I can never dream of doing a 9-to-5 job again.