Originally Posted by lolar2
There is that, but at least in our family it means higher housing costs. I don't know if that is a widespread problem for WAHPs or not.
Yes, we are running our computers a lot more now, and we are also needing a second phone line because of a one-to-two hour overlap where dh and I are both on the phone and both our employers want us to use land lines.
In March I'm going to switch my availabilities to early mornings (I had set my availabilities for a year in advance and actually have some lessons scheduled in those middle-of-the-night time slots all the way into March), so after March we shouldn't have any overlap, but we might hang onto the second line just so we'll have it if dh's schedule gets changed down the line (I get to set my own availabilities, but his hours are set by his employer).
Anyhow, in our case dh was having to drive 45 minutes to an hour each way when he was working outside the home. We live in the city, but most of the employment opportunities are located in the suburbs. So there was the gas cost, plus if anything went wrong with our car it had to be fixed pronto or he couldn't get to work.
It means a lot to us not to have the transportation-related cost and stress, not to mention just being able to wear "whatever." Just so you'll know, the next time you are dealing with someone trying to collect a bill payment from you, maybe you can give yourself a smile by picturing them sitting at home in their underwear. Chances are, they might be doing exacly that.
ETA: Dh isn't actually calling people to collect their payments, but he's there to help the people who are calling in to make arrangements and work out how they are going to pay their bills in order to keep their service.