Hello and welcome! I got the new job!
The company I will be working for has been around for over a hundred years. Like dozens of corporations, this one is allowing people to work from home in their own offices (or in this case, an office in Dad’s house) to do customer service work. It is basically like being in a call center without leaving the house or having people watching over your back. The pay? It’s a very hefty increase from what was made at the gas station.
I can see a number of benefits to this arrangement: no dress code, not having to spend money eating out, and no commuting costs. The desk chair will be comfortable and the bathroom is nearby. There won’t be the agony of having to work on one’s feet with no rest breaks. As long as the kitties are in another room, there won’t be distractions to contend with. One more benefit is that I can keep working on the cookbook project, even testing out some oven and slow cooker recipes while working, too!
This kind of job is not for everyone. A person has to be disciplined and self-motivated. There is still a work schedule to follow. Angry customers can make things stressful. But this is doable. Long hours at a computer are nothing new. For three years I had worked at home to earn a Bachelor’s degree online (University of Phoenix). I’ve also worked in a call center before. This should be familiar territory.
By the way, here’s a cool story from the hiring process. Remember the Star Trek ring? I wear it on special occasions. It turned out that the manager I interviewed with is a Star Trek fan and so are some of the people on his team. There were Star Trek references around the cubicles. As we spoke, I showed him the Star Trek ring worn on my finger for good luck. Of course, he liked it. What were the odds of interviewing with that particular “trekker”? About 1 in 9, actually.
So what will happen to camping in the van and traveling around? It will still occur but the work schedule will surely cut into the leisure time a bit. That’s okay – the fiscal scale has tipped the other way and money is needed right now. Camping and van upgrades will still occur, including the purchase of a Dometic fridge for Christmas.
I’m keeping the fingers crossed that this job will work out. Why? I learned that the work-from-home position from this company only requires that it happen somewhere in Iowa. For those who read the blog frequently, that means that someday when I am able to move to Decorah – trout country – there might just be a well paying job to go along!
Thanks for riding along. Take care!
Bradford, the “Van Trekker”