The truth about bunny slippers

BunnieslippersFriday once more!  I have to say this week flew by and here I am again ready to goof off because Fridays are for fun.  Well I would goof off if I could, but I shouldn’t so I won’t.

Some people don’t understand that REALTORS are independent contractors, as such we are  self employed.  With that said, lets talk about bunny slippers.

When I had a traditional job I used to imagine how cool it would be if I were self employed, and how nice it would be to work from home in my bunny slippers.   I may be self employed but spend as much time in my car as in my office.  I have driven in my slippers but the ears get caught in the peddles.

My office is in my home and it is nice but it is not quite like I had imagined it would be.  It took several years to break my old work habits  from life in corporate America,  like getting dressed and actually leaving the house before noon. 

For most of my work  life I was in  the office by 7:30 in the morning.  Now I start work between 4:30 and 5:30 AM, two or three hours earlier than I used to because of the 90 second commute, which I could do in 60 seconds if I didn’t stop at the coffee pot.  Since I can’t just walk past a coffee pot before 2:00 PM, I may never be able to beat my own personal best of 90 seconds.

This is where the bunny slippers come in.  When I had a traditional job I wore real shoes  and didn’t  have a problem with a meeting at 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning.   These days I get cranky when someone wants me to be somewhere earlier than 9:00, I prefer 10:00.  There are days when I get busy and don’t get dressed until 10:00 or even 11:00.  The phones ring and the email just keeps coming.  I don’t work in my bunny slippers because I want to,  I do it because I either can’t find my shoes or I am too busy to actually get dressed or both.   

There are other little things about working from home that people don’t think about.  Like last week when I was on the phone and someone was pounding on my office door.  I answered the door, in my slippers,  and it was Excel energy just letting me know that they were going to turn off the power for two hours. 

They said that they work on the residential lines during the middle of the day because it isn’t as disruptive.  Boo!   I wasn’t ready to go anywhere and had to find some shoes and appropriate attire. It was only 9:00 AM!

Family members and neighbors have interesting ideas about what self employment is like.  I have to make sure I am home for plumbers, furnace cleaners, roof repairers and all of the other support staff we have for our ancient house.  There are the other little problems that come up during the day that people with normal jobs miss out on.

The lost dog, the child with the skinned knee, the neighbor who needs a ride to the airport, or help shoveling out from a snow storm, or a cup of sugar.  This is St. Paul, we still knock on our neighbors doors when we need a cup of sugar.  I have one neighbor who borrows ice cubes.  I don’t get that one at all.   She works from home and sometimes comes over in her slippers.  I have another neighbor who just knocks on my door or walks in at random times.  The dog doesn’t seem to mind so it must be O.K. 

I know I am not alone.  When I show houses to buyers I notice the home offices and can tell that they are real offices and that the owner probably runs a small business or works from home.  I see the slippers under the desk and even though it may be  2:00 in the afternoon I wonder if I messed up someones day.

Being self employed is the way to go especially for women.  This week it was in the news again about the income gap between men and woman.  The pay gap starts out at about 10% right out of college and widens to around 30%  as women progress in their careers.  Self employment may be the best way to achieve economic parity,  and have an engaging  career that allows for almost unlimited personal and  professional growth.  It is rewarding once we really understand the truth about the bunny slippers. 

Have a great weekend.  It is supposed to me nice out, enjoy the weather and have fun.

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9 Replies to “The truth about bunny slippers”

  1. I’m with you, T.

    I’ve done enough of that “getting to work by 7:30AM” crap.

    We have to work plenty of nights and weekends… I don’t set appointments before 10AM anymore.

  2. Is it irony that I’m sitting here at my laptop in my office in my slippers and PJs, with my cup of coffee, blogging and reading blogs about someone sitting in front of a laptop in their office, in slippers, and blogging?

  3. Ditto.

    Minus the slippers.

    Must be the Friday dress code…

  4. Justyna Frank says:

    It’s not just Fridays. For the self-employed, especially, those in the RE business, the distiction between weekdays and weekedns is necessarily blurred. Whatever the attire, the boundary between work and not-work gets blurred even further if your spouse also works at home. Many of our collective relatives and friends think the middle of the day is a great time to call us and catch up, and occasionally they get irked when we can’t chat. They must not think reading and writing blogs passes as Work.

  5. No not just Fridays and this time of year we do work a lot of weekends. I was pretty sure that I am not the only agent who works in P.J.’s. 🙂 nice to hear from others. Some days I feel kind of disorganized.

  6. Love it! My pair is isn’t quite as fancy as the ones in your photo, and they’ve seen a lot of wear. I’ve also run out of the house with them on more than one occassion. Friends and family that have never worked from home will never understand that work is still work – only the playground has changed.

  7. Kelly – mine are gray but they started out that way. They look kind of real and some times the cat goes after them.

  8. I don’t have any slippers. Am I doing it wrong? Maybe it’s because I am from the South. I don’t like wearing shoes when I leave the house – never mind when I am in it!

  9. April – My office is on the North West side of the house. It gets so cold in winter that foot gear is mandatory. I often wear a jacket or shawl too. sometimes I wear gloves when I am on the key board for a long time because my hands get so cold. We are a tough bunch here in MN. 🙂

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