staying home and saving money
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4917
Tell someone you work from home. Do it, I dare you! You'll get a few different responses, but not many.
Odds are it'll be like Family Feud....we've asked 100 people who work home the top 5 benefits of doing so and I would wager to say (after I beat my nemesis to the buzzer) that saving money would be #2.
Over the past 4917 days or so....give or take a few thousand I've compiled a list of ways we save money in the homeplaceofthefuture and before I publish that list in a lengthy blogpost, I'll leave you with one of my favorites
"If it's yellow....leave it mellow. If it's brown....flush it down."
don't skimp on the TP
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4875
When you say you’re part of the virtual workforce there’s a lot of questions. Who’s your boss? Do you nap? How do they know you’re working? Do you drink on the clock? Let’s ignore those typical questions and go into what I call “bringing it all home” and making them jealous.
Anyone that works in an actual office with actual physical coworkers knows at least these 3 things to be true. The coffee is awful, the toilet paper is a science experiment made with sand and it’s always too cold or too warm in the office. I like my sweaters in January not June!
What’s it like working from home? Or more appropriately, what’s it like in the homeplaceofthefuture?
Working from home is just like being the office except I’m in my uniform, I don’t see people and the coffee and the toilet paper are to my liking along with the thermostat settings.
Let’s start with coffee. After years and I mean years of drinking the free office coffee that came in Flavia packets. The funny thing about the Flavia packets we had in the workplaceofthepast was that the packaging said 70% organic – almost like saying hey we tried, but it’s only 70% organic. At times it was tolerable, but I found that if I didn’t wash my coffee mug for weeks on end that the coffee got better. Fast forward to 2018 and the homeplaceofthefuture has a Ninja Coffee Bar that serves local coffee that tastes like coffee and not an experiment in a kool-aid packet. I’m no snob, I just want the coffee has God created it – black and strong!
Heating and Air – this one is simple. Just turn it on. Your comfort is worth way more than the $20 you’ll save by getting the thermostat at 58 degrees in the winter. Natural Gas prices in my area have been so reasonable in recent years that I just don’t care – turn it up! Air conditioning is a bit of a tougher pill to swallow for me because it never turns off – the good news is that working from home you can do it without any clothes on (you can’t do that in the winter). My kids know that Tuesday is Topless Tuesday and yes, we have boys.
Lastly the toilet paper…..oh the toilet paper! Recently at a client’s office in NYC I was appalled that such a prestigious and well-known company had toilet paper that was straight out of an elementary school! It was like the kids made the toilet paper themselves with sand and cling film and put in on an industrial roll the size of a basketball. Call me old fashioned, but the more plys (or is it plies) the better and NEVER be ashamed to have a stash in your car, suitcase or laptop bag. The homeplaceofthefuture always has the best toilet paper for their employee of the month.
Such detail probably isn’t required to bring it home to your non-homeplaceofthefuture friends, but I see a lot of laughs when that toilet paper discussion takes place.
homeplaceofthefuture thoughts and comments from the boss