A mum hated working from home so much she decided to set up an office in her car.
Donna Powell became fed up of being at her house in Bakersfield, Nottingham, due to ongoing building work to insulate her home.
The 56-year-old described it as being an “absolute nightmare” and even went as far as to say she felt like a “prisoner”, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
Deciding she had had enough, the mum-of-two packed up her things and started working from her “old banger” Ford Focus instead.
“It’s my guilty pleasure, my little haven just on my driveway,” Donna said.
She added: “As soon as workmen turned up with their scaffolding last April, I felt trapped as I was working from home.
“I couldn’t disappear anywhere and I was doing Zoom calls with drilling in the background. It was so bleak in the living room and my garden was a no-go zone, it was full of tools and ladders.
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“One of my kids was homeschooling and the other was working for customer services in his room. I thought I was going to go crazy.
“I thought, I’m going to sit in my car. So I did, and that’s how it all started.”
The support worker works from her car most days and has decorated it with flowers, blankets and positive messages.
She is able to connect to her home WiFi and plays CDs or the radio through her car.
Donna said: “It’s my tranquillity. My kids were asking if they could come and work in the car, too.
“I used to see my car as something which took me to work, I associated it with being stressful.
“Now it’s my woman cave, my sanctuary – and it was right under my nose the whole time. Sometimes I just sit there into the night time with my music on, appreciating the sunset we get.”
To make it more comfortable, Donna surrounds herself with cushions, motivational books and diffusers. She also stores snacks to get her through the day.
Donna works in the passenger seat with the back seats down for extra space, and believes her mood has dramatically changed since she started working in her car.
The mum, who works for the Carers Federation, added: “You have to be calm when you’re dealing with other people’s stresses.
“It doesn’t help if you’re down in the dumps yourself. I do get people staring into my car but I love it and I will enjoy what I have created.”
Most of the building work on Donna’s home has now been completed, but there are still “little bits” to do, so she will continue to work from her car.
She added: “I don’t know how I will go back to the office now.”
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