Skype and client calls can be interesting too. I try to avoid them around the time I know the postman usually delivers. A low point was definitely the time that the window cleaner turned up unannounced while I was on a call. Carnage.
The future of freelancing with pets?
I’ve been tentatively looking into the idea of co-working spaces. But are Fred and George ready?
The short answer is no. Great dogs, but not very obedient.
If you can sit at the dining table, why can’t we?
You’re not going to come down and stroke us? No problem, we’re very bouncy, we’ll come up to you.
There isn’t a huge choice of co-working spaces near me and I’m not sure that what I really want actually exists.
In my head there’s a co-working space just for freelancers with pets. Dogs playing together all day in some kind of creche with a big outside area. Not having to worry whether your dog is annoying someone because everyone loves dogs. Group dog walks at lunchtimes. That would be the dream.
I’m not realistically looking for a co-working space anytime soon, but if you are then WeWork has been recommended on Twitter as having dog-friendly options.
What would freelance life be like without my pets?
This will sound over-the-top, but I truly believe I wouldn’t have taken to freelancing the way I have so far if it wasn’t for having Fred and George around.
They help stave off the loneliness and isolation and force me to get out and take a break. They’re also a reminder of why I went freelance. I wanted to spend more time at home and swap a commute for dog walks.
And there’s something to be said for having these 2 faces around the office every day.