As a consultant and contractor I should be able to spend a lot of time on the beach. But I don’t. I work long days. I spend a lot of time on work related travel. I often have late night conference calls with colleagues, partners and customers in other time zones. In my spare time, I do things to keep up with professional developments and stay connected with my peers. One example would be this blog.
Getting more Beach Time
Why don’t consultants get more beach time? [bibcite key=”citeulike:13422455″]
- The cyclic structure of employment.
- The centrality of reputation in markets for skill.
- The practice of billing by the hour.
- The nature of technical work.
Is there a way around these constraints? There is probably a solution for each of the constraints. But would the market accept someone trying to solve all of them at once?
Perhaps a mind shift is the true solution? A professor once told me that he never worked.
– Really, I said.
– Yes, he replied, I’m playing around with my hobby.
– But you get paid? That makes it work!
– I can’t help if these idiots want to pay me for my hobby.
– But if you never work, you never get vacation!
– Have you heard of “business trips” and conferences?