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Well, it’s official – I’m a telecommuting worker. I guess I have been for quite some time, but I’ve always had that “backup plan” with my day job.

The time for backup plans is long gone, though. I’m working at home. Not as a graphic designer (though I’ve had success with that in the past), but as more of a…well…me.

I’m going to be spending the next few weeks (months?) focusing on my business until we’re able to get back into the tattoo shop.

And I’m a little bit excited.

What happened?!

For anyone who might read this in the future, or who may be living in a cave – SARS-CoV-2 is spreading and the world is shutting down.

Two days ago, KY Governor Beshear announced that all non-essential face-to-face businesses that couldn’t comply with a 6 ft social distancing requirement needed to close until further notice.

As a tattoo studio, The Murder Art Collective couldn’t comply. We’re on top of people when we tattoo and airborne pathogens can’t be controlled the same way bloodborne pathogens can.

So our entire studio is “laid off” until further notice. That can get scary if you don’t have a plan. But I do my best to always have a plan. So I brought my computer and drafting table home from the studio and set up a home office in my daughter’s newly renovated bedroom. 

Sorry, sis. Daddy has to support his family and you’ve been sleeping in our room for a while, so things aren’t changing that much.

What to expect…

I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that obstacles are opportunities to grow. I have every intention of meeting this fresh challenge head-on and with enthusiasm.

This is an OPPORTUNITY for me to help my wife regain some of her sanity as a stay-at-home mom.

This is an OPPORTUNITY for me to focus on my passion projects that never got the attention they deserved.

This is an OPPORTUNITY for me to find a community to connect with – and become a leader in that community.

This is an OPPORTUNITY for me to grow in as many areas of my life as I want to. 

My Game Plan

I’m fortunate that we finally got our finances in order before the SARS-CoV-2 virus started to spread its nasty fingers across the globe. My family can survive the hard times right now. We might not be sitting pretty, but we have a backup plan and enough of a buffer to hold us over for a minute.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t some pressure to PRODUCE things. So that’s what I’m going to do. 

I’m spending the time spent “laid off” from tattooing to produce. Videos, articles, courses, commissions. Whatever I can figure out to do – I’m going to do it.

I’m also going to be learning. Now is a great time to pick up new skills or spend time approaching existing skills with a sense of mastery. How can I get better?

I have a library of resources that I can tackle, so I’m going to work on that, too. I get to study art, personal development, psychology, philosophy. All the things I love so much.

Time is a valuable (non-renewable) resource that many of us just got a lot more of.

Are you using your time wisely?

It can be tempting to “shut down” when you don’t have to go to your day job anymore. Pop open your fridge, eat junk, watch Netflix or Hulu. Go down the Facebook rabbit hole.

But are you going to be any better off after it’s all said and done? No. Not if you don’t work on yourself when you have time to do it.

So, do it. Stop wasting your life, start living the best you can with what you have. We’re all experiencing some pretty rough times right now, but that’s no reason to give up.

1 Comment

  1. Welcome to the telecommuting life! I’ve been doing it for years now. It’s awesome if you can protect your focus and time from home distractions and have a clear schedule of when to turn work mode off. Challenging and rewarding.

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