Basically, I guess, I would sit in a pub - or go on a crawl - by myself, chew over the last few months' activities and, as I get slowly more blasted, slag off my colleagues (me), bitch to myself about projects that were badly managed (by me), came in late or not-to-budget - or moan about the ones that were a success that I didn't give myself sufficient credit for - and then get increasingly bitter and wound up about my boss (me) to the point where it threatens to spill out into a fist-fight with myself. Later, I would get sentimental and maudlin and make a drunken lunge at myself. "I've alwayssh had shoft shpot for you, you know..."
I would then have to get a taxi for myself from the kebab house and see myself safely to my own front door. But there would be recriminations and sour sideways looks in the office the next day.
But, maybe, next year I should have a Work's Do: maybe one for the people I know who are self-employed / home-workers: writers, agricultural workers, artists, builders, musicians, etc, etc...
You can't come if you've got a day-job. (Half of Britain show up! - laughs)
I did see an article a couple weeks ago - lost the link; though, actually, I never quite made it to the end 'cos half of it was written in teefgnashingly-awful ManagementSpeak and the other half in pious SoCal Self-Help BookSpeak; in fact, I'm pretty sure if I had made it to the end there would've been a plug for some shitty 'How To Homework and Raise Three Children' book waiting to ambush me there - but there was one point possibly worth repeating:
Namely, if you call yourself a "Freelancer" (in these days of triple-recessed Post-Freeconomics), then it sends a not-so-subliminal message to prospective employers that you're prepared to work, if not completely for free, then *ahem* for very little...
(Not that, of course, a whole bunch of people have got many alternatives these days. Zero Hours Contracts and all that).
I don't think it offered any alternatives, though. "Self-Employed" is good, though: solid, reliable, old school, lends itself to a Trade. "Homeworker": um, dunno... sounds like someone who's talked the management into staying home two days a week and running a hotdesk from a box bedroom; ie you're corporate-tethered via a phone-line, rather than master of your own destiny (or not). "Self-Empowered Worker" would scare the bejesus out of any potential employer, as-in "uh-ho, s/he sounds like trouble..." It's a fine balance between sending out signals that say, "Yes, please, walk all over me... I'll do a 16 hour day for £10" and "I'm a scary smart-arse Marxist gobshite who's going to unionise your telemarketing robots."
Me, I'm Self-Propelled.
Proactive, polite and professional (laughs).
Work's Do. Next year. You're all coming, right?
See you there.