"Love for writing paves way for loving working from home" by: Jessica Shepard

   Whenever people have asked me about this gig in the past I’ve always told them that it’s one of my favorite things to do. 
   And that’s the truth! 
   I love writing, taking photos of interesting or new things in our county, and really love the fact that I work from home. 
   Oddly enough, my sister’s job has been offloaded to a permanent home position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now, she too can bask in the glory of pajama workdays. 
   Those days for us are usually Tuesdays and even then it only lasts until lunchtime and then we’re dressed to go out in the world. 
   I’ve had jobs in the past working overnights, retail and clerical work, but this, by far, is the better one. 
   Sure, it’s a little weird working with my parents at home, but, it lends itself to a few easier moments than a conventional job would. 
   After all, the office space is right across from the kitchen, so, I don’t have to pack a lunch or go out to eat. 
   I also have a less strict dress code and other “professional” requirements since I can have blue hair in the office. 
   Not that having unnaturally colored hair should mark one as unprofessional – along with piercings, tattoos, and other body modifications as long as they don’t directly interfere with one’s work. 
   We’ve also kicked around the idea of having work shirts made, but the parents are for polo shirts and I refuse to wear one of those ever again. 
   They give me PTSD flashbacks of my first stint at Wal-Mart over a decade ago and they’re not pretty or overly happy memories. 
   The other added bonus is a bit of a double-edged sword – our pets. 
   Having the dogs around is all fun and games until the phone rings, or mom locks her Jeep with her remote or Mike smashes his keyboard and curses Hewlett Packard with the passion of a thousand burning suns. 
   Then, having dogs is an annoyance that I could happily do without despite what mom wants. 
   And we’re not even going to get started on what happens when someone stops by to visit for an interview or to place an advertisement. 
   The cats are less worrisome unless Loki is chasing one of the older females or some flying insect – or even the chickens outside. 
   He still hasn’t learned that the chickens will gang up on him if need be and that he’s outnumbered 14 to 1. 
   There are less glamorous sides to the newspaper business that include losing internet or phone service, power outages or being at the mercy of technology to name a few. 
   But, overall, I feel like this is the best job for me that allows me to use the skills I learned in college and through my other job experiences to make something I’m proud of. 
   We’re only working on our seventh year in business, so, my outlook might still be a bit rose-tinted if you’re on the outside looking in. 
   Even then, it’s still not going to faze me much. 
   I’m a writer – I’ve been a writer since the fifth grade and nothing’s going to stop that. 
   Not even Global Warming, mosquitoes, or dead batteries in my wireless mouse!

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