Today marks the 10th Anniversary of getting laid off at The Nerdery*. I’ve been doing the Unemployment Boogaloo for ten years. How did this happen?
Do you remember 2009? I look back on it fondly now, even though I was getting laid off as the ad world cratered thanks to the great 2008 financial implosion. Obama was president and I was in my thirties. IN MY THIRTIES! Those were some halcyon days, weren’t they?
I’ve now worked for myself longer than I worked for anyone else. I think I spent nearly nine years at Jasc. I started there in September 1999 and was laid off in March 2008. All thanks to Jasc. If my cubemate hadn’t loaned me HTML for Dummies, this blog might not exist. At all.
Also, this blog will be TWENTY YEARS OLD next year. Fuckin’ A, people, we’re old.
So here, in honor of this auspicious occasion, The Top 10 Greatest Things About Not Having a Real Job.
- Pajamas all day, every day.
- Zero commute.
- For the most part, sleeping until you’re damn good and ready to get out of bed.
- Mid-afternoon naps if you’re so inclined.
- Blowing off work when you feel like it with no guilt.
- Mid-day grocery shopping, laundry, and other household duties that do not have to be put off until the weekend.
- Not one single minute sitting in a grey-walled cubicle bored and wishing you could be anyplace else.
- Very little office politics.
- Very few pointless, infuriating meetings.
- You legit like everyone you work with, because you get to choose and can fire the clients you don’t like.**
*In a fun twist of fate, I am still working for Mark, who had the unfortunate task of laying me off from The Nerdery. We’ve worked together on and off over the past ten years, and I think I’m nearly two years into an email marketing gig for him.
**I’ve only ever fired one client, though I did passively aggressively get another client to fire me (because she refused to let me quit).