I've put in about 16 hours this week. I'm making the usual newbie mistakes. I'm slow. I don't know the clients, or the employees. I don't know who knows what at the site. I've broken house rules about when to go online remotely. I've made a couple of blunders on the phone. It's nothing really new or unusual, these just-starting-out mistakes.
However, for the past nine months I haven't been in the business environment. I've been in the know in my activities. I have made my own rules or gone without.
It feels very weird to be a newbie again in the business world. I'm waking up early thinking about the phone calls. I'm stewing over how to make calls at a time when people won't be annoyed - that means not in the evenings and not on Sunday. I'd like to leave a voicemail with a brief explanation, the incentive, and my phone number. And I can do that on Monday, except that we're leaving on Tuesday for nine days in Santa Fe, and I'd really rather not be doing business when we're out of town. Oh, well. Life happens, I guess.
This is my choice, this part-time project. Now I remember, though, how it was in the working world for the last 20 years.