My husband recently started an on-the-side job as a web writer. He was presented the opportunity through work. It’s something he’s always been interested in, so after mulling it over for a while, he decided to go for it. He’ll keep his usual day job, and then on weekends or when he has downtime at work, he’ll edit and revamp the existing web pages (about 300 of them!). This is something he’s been interested in, and an opportunity like this doesn’t come along every day. If all goes well, it may lead to a possible permanent position as a web writer for him. If nothing else, it’ll be a few extra dollars in time for Christmas!
This’ll be a bit of a change in our family life and downtime. Previously, we had divvied our chores fair and square, worked about 40-50 hours a week each, and had plenty of free time to spend together or alone. This adds quite a few hours to the work week for Paul, and actually for me, too. Before taking the new job, we discussed the possibility sharing the workload, as we were certainly going to share in the profits. (What’s mine is yours and all that jazz, right?) While Paul’ll be doing the bulk of the work, I’ll throw my two cents in on each page before he begins it. It’s small change compared to the hours he’ll be putting in, but it’s something! In addition, I’m planning to let him slack on his household chores so he has more time for writing. It’ll mean I have a few more dishes to wash, lawns to mow, bags of trash to take to the curb, and gas tanks to fill – those are traditionally Paul’s job. (I stopped just short of cleaning the bathtub and taking permanent litter box duty.) I don’t mind the extra work – it’s a temporary gig, lasting only through December. I can handle several extra chores for a few months.
When January rolls around, a few things could happen. Scenario 1 – Paul’s employer could decide to hire a web writer, and Paul could transition part or all of his work time into web writing. Scenario 2 – A need for a web writer isn’t founded, so he could go back to working his regular job. Scenario 3 – A need for a web writer isn’t founded, but Paul loves the work so much that he decides to become a freelance web writer.
In the first two situations, our lives would revert back to “normal.” The third scenario could shake things up a bit, but hopefully in a good way. We’ve got our dream world all planned out, if Paul ends up liking web writing as much as he thinks he will. I would stay home with the future babies and help Paul with minor editing work, perhaps teaching part time to carry insurance, while he worked from a home office as a freelance web writer. He could come down from the office at noon and eat lunch with us, and his commute would be as long as it takes to climb up the staircase. In my ultra dream world that ignores realities, I’d be able to forget that insurance costs money, be a full time home maker, and have the patience to homeschool our children. In my ultra extra amazing dream world, Paul’s novel would be published, move straight to number once best seller, and neither of us would ever have to work again.
A girl can dream, can’t she?