Hello! Ashlee Anderson here — friend to freelancer, solopreneur, and out-of-the-cube thinker.
For years, I toiled away in office jobs, stumbled up and down the corporate ladder, and generally dreaded every single second of the working day. Fridays couldn’t come soon enough and Mondays always came too soon.
In other words, this was me:
Convinced that ‘office me’ wasn’t really me, I walked into work one day, cleared off my desk with one swoop of my arm, and told my boss where to get off the bus.
After months — years even — of daydreaming about quitting my day job to pursue more creative endeavors, I walked in and very timidly slid a resignation letter across the desk of the HR lady who then forwarded it to my manager. While not a Jerry Maguire-esque moment, on the outside, it was a HUGE move for me both personally and professionally.
Two weeks later, with less than $100 to my name and a desire to succeed (or fear of going back to a cubicle in my heart), I set off to make a living as a freelance writer.
The next year would be the toughest of my life. But, spoiler alert, it also turned out to be the most rewarding.
Even though I was broke and had no idea where my next paycheck would come from, I woke up each day with a sense of purpose. I was my own boss. I had complete control over my success. And I did not let this amazing opportunity to freelance my way to freedom pass me by.
Like Mary Tyler Moore, I would throw my metaphorical beret into the sky and make it after all.
And so I embraced it. All of it — the good, bad, and downright ugly.
I learned a lot of important lessons that year, most of them the hard way. And while it wasn’t always easy, looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Today, I still enjoy freelance writing, most of which is done from my home office in Florida:
And instead of office politics and cranky cube mates to contend with, I enjoy side-eye stares and personal space invasions from my coworker cat.
To add to the fun (chaos?) of it all, I’m also a proud single mother to a boy with autism.
Each day is different. Some are pure bliss. Others are a complete miss. But, at the end of the day, I couldn’t be any happier.
And I truly believe everyone has a skill set, ability or hobby that they can package into a profitable service based business or leverage to help them land a real work from home job that pays the bills.
That’s why I launched Work from Home Happiness back in 2015. Whatever your motivation or “why” for wanting to work remotely, I want to help you get there so you too can experience the same ‘work from home happiness.’
So, thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to get to know me a little better. This blog would not be possible if I didn’t have readers, like you. And for that I am truly appreciative.
Please, don’t be shy. Say hello on Twitter. Reach out to me via email. I’m always here to lend a helping hand.
P.S. I love positive affirmations. A little cheesy, I know. But I created a quick little motivational sign a la Mary Tyler Moore you can snag below. Print it. Share it. Save it on Pinterest.