There are many great things associated with working out of your house.
You can take a power nap whenever you want. You can do a day’s worth of work in boxer shorts and a t-shirt. You can challenge your wife/co-worker with an impromptu ping-pong match or mow the lawn during a long break.
But it’s not all gravy. You can find yourself piling on very long hours during busy periods, simply because it’s easy to walk downstairs and plop yourself in front of the computer for some editing or correspondence. I often do the bulk of my best work late at night after the kids are in bed…but this can happen after an already long day of shooting or desk time.
It’s a lifestyle that would be hard for me to leave at this point in my life. I haven’t had to listen to a real boss in over 12 years (not counting my wife), and I completely dictate the course of my work.
Some freelancers have a hard time combining their house and office, but Jodi and I just take it in stride. I love the idea that the lives of our family can spill into my work time, as it did last week when I flew Anna to Kentucky with me for a shoot, and the opposite can be true when I need space to spread out in, as illustrated by the photo above: our basement ping-pong table doubled nicely as a drying table yesterday while I made several 20×30 fine art prints for a local hospital.
The overhead is low. If I’m not shooting, there’s no rent or utilities to pay. My cost of doing business is basically the computers, photo gear and printing supplies. Lots of freelancers have gone out of business simply because they overextended themselves with office and studio costs and weren’t ready to pay for those amenities during an economic downturn.
The main problems we have are things like not being able to play ping pong when daddy is printing photos. It’s a small price to pay.