Could You Be A Workaholic?

Written by David Leonhardt

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“That’s a pity. Being a workaholic means missing out on a lot of life.”

“That’s true, but it’s not just city folk who miss their kids growing up or are too busy working to help their wives cleanrepparttar dishes.”

I tookrepparttar 107115 hint and picked up a drying cloth. “You mean that anyone can get caught up in work, and lose sight of what’s really important? Even farmers, moat diggers andrepparttar 107116 guy who sorts throughrepparttar 107117 trash atrepparttar 107118 dump looking forrepparttar 107119 tastiest morsels to throw torepparttar 107120 gulls?”

“I suppose so,” she answered with that what-have-you-been-smoking look on her face. "Why not try to see if workaholic redneck jokes work?"

“Well, if you look forward to Christmas this year, because you might takerepparttar 107121 afternoon off from tillingrepparttar 107122 land, you might be a workaholic redneck.”

“That’srepparttar 107123 spirit,” she encouraged.

I tried another, “If you’re drinking your morning coffee from a dirty mason jar from yesterday, you might be a workaholic redneck.”

“Very good,” she praised.

“If you stick family pictures to your backhoe window to remind you what they look like, you might be a workaholic redneck.”

“Why not try one more, just to make sure?” my wife suggested.

“OK, if you bring your work with you to your son’s baseball game, you might be a workaholic redneck.”

“Uh, OK…” she began.

“And if nobody complains aboutrepparttar 107124 smell, you might live in a town full of workaholic rednecks!”

"You got it!" she shouted.

I realized that I had spent way too much time talking about workaholic redneck jokes. There was only one thing I could do to compensate.

I tossed asiderepparttar 107125 drying cloth, grabbed my lap-top computer and rushed torepparttar 107126 outhouse to catch up on a few hundred urgent emails.

David Leonhardt is a humor columnist He is author of Climb Your Stairway to Heaven Read more personal growth articles: Visit his liquid vitamins store:

The Job Loss Myth

Written by Jean Fritz

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What kind of jobs are available to independent contractors? Well, here are some ofrepparttar indie jobs I’ve done: 1)Telephone psychic ($20.00 per hour, work from home) 2)Mystery shopper ($15.00 per hour + expenses) 3)Virtual assistant ($15.00 - $30.00 per hour, depending onrepparttar 107114 task) 4)Editor ($35.00 per hour) 5)Ghostwriter ($50.00 per hour)

Many creative and professional jobs, such as technical writers, webmasters, graphic designers, programmers, teachers and tutors, etc. are done by independent contractors on a project-by-project basis. However,repparttar 107115 FedEx Home Delivery and Schwann’s Ice Cream drivers are also independent contractors, so not having professional credentials is not necessarily a barrier to indie work.

Not everyone is suited to life as an indie. If you absolutely needrepparttar 107116 structure imposed by a job, a manager and a time clock in order to function, then don’t consider going indie. If, however, you like having some freedom, are self-disciplined enough to complete jobs on time without being told, and can organize your day and yourself to maximize your productivity and meet your clients’ needs, you haverepparttar 107117 necessary personality traits to become a successful independent contractor.

Ignorerepparttar 107118 gloom and doom scenario painted by politicians eager to have a job with perks you pay for. Joinrepparttar 107119 indie revolution, and gain an income – and a life – without a traditional job. It’s a choice you won’t wantrepparttar 107120 government to “help” you out of.

Jean Fritz indies in the areas of copywriting, editing and graphic design. She can be reached via e-mail or through her website, JMT Publications

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