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Belinda Says Hay: “How to Co-work with Your Roommate”

Belinda Says Hay Masthead

Hello. It's Belinda. 

And my roommate.

We're back with another "co-blog."

Back in November we wrote about bonding rabbits. That turned out OK so she asked if we could take a "crack" at a new topic. 

"Co-working with your roommate."

Seemed like a good idea.

A lot of my friends are working at home these days. It can get a bit "cramped" if you know what I mean. 

My roommate never leaves the house so I know all about "co-working."

Anyway. Let's get to business.

Same format as the other blog. My part is beside my photo. My roommate still doesn't have a professional "head shot" so I used my drawing again. 

I hope you will leave a comment at the bottom.  

Belinda the Spokesrabbit, Blogger and Hay Consultant

Why co-work with your roommate?

Even if you usually go to a regular office, sometimes you have to work at home. "For one reason or another."

I'm a "remote" worker for my spokesrabbit job. Small Pet Select headquarters is in Washington state. I'm here in Pittsburgh.

I send my hay reports and blogs and such over the computer gizmo. My employee Abigail is in California so we have video meetings. It's fun.

As for my roommate, I have no idea what she does "for a living." Mostly she fiddles on the laptop all day with her headphones on.

Sometimes I hear her on a call with my agent but I ignore that. 

And that's my advice to you. "Keep your nose in your own hay box."  And leave their papers alone. 

My five tips for co-working with your rabbit.

1) Make sure you each have your own office. It doesn't have to be fancy. You don't even need a door. I work at the dining room table and Belinda usually "sets up shop" in the corner beside the refrigerator.  

2) Choose your own  work schedules. Belinda likes her half-naps during the day. I'm a "night owl." As long as we get our assignments done it's fine. 

3) If you listen to music, wear headphones. Your rabbit might not like the same bands.  

4) Take regular breaks together. Have a "stretch and a snack." A handful of chips for me, a handful of hay for Belinda. A cracker for me, a snacker for her.  That sort of thing. 

5) Be professional. Remember that your rabbit's work is confidential. They don't need your "input" and that goes for hobbies as well.

Belinda the Spokesrabbit, Blogger and Hay Consultant


I wish you wouldn't talk about owls in the night. 

It's hard enough to sleep with the furnace clicking. I wake up and think I hear beaks at the window.


I'm sorry Belinda. 

 I know Little Fang keeps you up with her "monologues."

Belinda the Spokesrabbit, Blogger and Hay Consultant


Also you mention having an "office." Come on.

I had a perfectly fine office under the steps. 

You turned it into a closet.

We needed more storage space. You don't want to work in a dreary little crawl space anyway. 

That's why I gave you a nice new office for Christmas. "Portable." Abigail gave you one too.  

But you didn't like either one. You opened your gifts and ran down to the bottom level. That's why I didn't set them up.

Belinda the Spokesrabbit, Blogger and Hay Consultant

Back up the tractor.

I ran downstairs because I didn't know what to do. 

I can't choose one gift over the other. 

There's this little thing called "office politics." Not interested, to put it mildly. 


Belinda, I wish you would have told me this months ago.

I can set up both offices for you. We have the space.


Belinda the Spokesrabbit, Blogger and Hay Consultant


You didn't ask. 



Maybe this is the best tip of all for co-working.

"Don't assume you know what your rabbit wants."

Unless it's something that rhymes with "balbalfa."

Belinda the Spokesrabbit, Blogger and Hay Consultant


You're not allowed to make up words in my blog. 

Sincerely,

Belinda

Spokesrabbit, Small Pet Select

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