I've been working from home as a freelance translator/editor/writer/researcher for over 5 years now. I've enjoyed much of it, but lately I have found that my work-life balance is completely skewed.
In simple terms, there are four competing demands for my time. There is work, by which I mean activity that generates or manages income in some immediate sense. There is family time. There is "down time". And there is writing the kinds of things that I really want to be studying and writing.
Ideally, I would love to get to a point where I could earn a living by writing the things I want to write. Realistically, very few people earn a living doing that. I would like to dedicate an hour a day to creative writing, but I find that the absence of any real division between work time and other time makes this virtually impossible.
So I'm on the lookout for a full-time position that would allow me to, for the most part, leave my work at work, and allow me to actually be at home when I'm at home.
I'm looking into various avenues, but the key will be to find something that can maximize my skill set - something that will take advantage of my skills as a translator and editor, my research skills, my varied interests, my critical and creative thought. I'm pursuing a few leads at the moment, but would be happy to hear other ideas.