Let me give those of you who are self-employed some good advice: just because you work from home doesn’t give you a reason to let your wardrobe wear out or fall behind by more than a year. I learned this from experience.
Last year I was surprised to learn that I was expected to be on a discussion panel with other consultants and writers to discuss a topic with some local officials. And that was when I found that I lacked a suit that fit properly and didn’t have a decent shirt to wear. The buttons on my favorite dress shirt would pop open as soon as I’d sit back at my desk. I’d been spending so much of my time working at home in the office and study I’d designed and built for myself that I hadn’t kept my wardrobe up to date.
This wasn’t the result of eating high on the hog or a productive income. I’d been working bent over my computer station like a madman, and hadn’t really had a lot of time to exercise like I should. Thus, I suddenly discovered that my belt lacked a few notches, my shirts were too tight, and my one sport jacket made me look like I needed a girdle. So with this meeting coming up soon I did something smart for a change: I looked up the Charles Tyrwitt website on my computer. There I found some great deals including 4 cotton dress shirts for $199, some nice trousers and a classic suit that was a perfect style for me. I pulled out my tape measure and followed their sizing instructions on the website and selected the appropriate items. Then I coded in the Groupon coupon to get a discount of nearly 60% off on the clearance items I put in my purchase order. I put my order in with time to receive the items well ahead of the meeting; when I tried them on they fit well and looked great.
When I got to that meeting I looked like the sharpest person at the table. At least I thought so. Of course, the socks were a bit dated, but nobody seemed to notice; they were all admiring my suit and shirt. I was glad to tell them how I was able to use a Groupon coupon to get such quality wear from a great clothier.