On Getting Paid in Your PJ’s

I love to dress up. There’s nothing quite like the way you feel when wearing fancy clothes, with hair and makeup all dolled up. It’s great for special occasions, but not quite as much fun when you’re rushing to get all dressed up on top of eating breakfast, getting your things together, and trying to rush out the door in time to beat the traffic. I can still remember my time in the not-so-distant-past as a corporate employee, waking up early in the morning to don not-so-comfy “professional” clothes and trying to make myself look somewhat presentable before hurrying out the door.

These days, since starting my own home-based copywriting business, my mornings are much less hectic, and I actually have some time for some “me” activities, like fitting in a Pilates workout, devouring a chapter of whatever book graces my nightstand, and sometimes catching a bit of the Today show before diving into emails, client writing and other daily tasks.

Most days, I do it all in my pj’s. And because today has been deemed National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day here in the U.S., I thought it would be a great time to talk about this idea of “dressing down.”

Some people believe you should always dress for success. I wholeheartedly agree, for times when we’re meeting clients, attending networking events, and otherwise in the public eye. But when I’m in my own home office, tucked away from the eyes of prospects, clients, colleagues, or anyone else, for that matter, it a whole ‘nother ballgame. For me, the way I dress doesn’t dictate my productivity, and in fact, wearing my comfy “pajama” clothes to work helps me to focus less on my physical state of being (by thinking about the way I feel physically or complaining to myself, “gosh these pants are itchy!”) and more on my mental capacity, which is what drives my work and brings home the bacon.

But perhaps above all else, I see the ability to wear pj’s to work, if you so choose, as yet another freedom of working for one’s self. It feels so unrestricting, so exhilarating, to not have someone else looking over your shoulder, breathing down your neck, and bossing you around. I love that I get to set my own hours, call my own shots, and wear whatever the heck I feel like wearing. Some days, it’s jeans and a t-shirt (or sweater, on cold days like today, when Mother Nature decides that April is the perfect time for a light dusting of snow – yes, snow). Other days, I never make it out of my pj’s.

And to me, the ability to earn a good income based on what I know about writing to sell, no matter if I choose to stay in my pj’s all day, is one of my own personal signs of success, of gauging how far I’ve come in both my business and my life.

What about you? Do you wear your pj’s to work? Why or why not? Leave your thoughts and comments below. Can’t wait to read them!

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