I’m outta here

I’ve really suffered from having to stay in my office this winter. The grey weather in particular hasn’t done much to entice me out. Not only have I found it hard for the first time in five years to be in the same four walls so much, but I’ve also felt very lonely. The fact that two of my close friends who used to work nearby and who I used to see regularly for lunch/coffee/a nice chat, changed jobs a few months ago hasn’t helped; I hadn’t realised that their company, however piecemeal sometimes, made a big difference to me.
However, now that spring has arrived, I’ve decided to do something about it. A few weeks back, a client who has become a friend told me about office space in Brighton that she rents along with other freelancers. I went to see it this week and really liked it. Apart from being a very nice space, with a 2GB broadband connection, office dog and other people, it’s in my favourite Brighton area (the North Laine). It’s also two minutes from brilliant bars and cafés the amazing new Brighton library, which should really help me in my work. I will be able to start working there in a couple of weeks.
I’m quite nervous, as it’s a massive change for me (getting dressed in the morning?? going past my front door??), and I sometimes wonder whether I really should spend money on an office when I have free space at home. However, I think that my quality of life will improve massively; I’ll let you know!

By | 2016-10-18T15:51:17+00:00 April 1st, 2005|Freelance Translation|3 Comments

About the Author:

I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.


  1. Becca April 2, 2005 at 12:02 am

    Congrats! It probably will be a nice change of pace for you. I just switched to working in a home office, after commuting for a very long time. I’ve definitely been concerned about going stir-crazy.

  2. céline April 4, 2005 at 8:17 am

    Thanks Becca – working from home has got lots of good points and I’m sure you’ll love it, I just think I did it for too long and need a break from it.

  3. Trench Warrior April 7, 2005 at 1:12 pm

    I recently moved from an in-house set-up to an – er – out-house one. The seven-minute walk to the office has been a godsend in terms of my general mood. I can leave all the stress at the office, say hello to strangers on the street, get asked for directions by random passersby, etc. Not in a million years would I have expected that kind of improvement. But it happened.

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