Many people think that because I work from home, I have it made. I’m here to tell you that those of us who work at home are far from having it made. In fact, it’s often more stressful and difficult than working outside the house. Many of us work at home peeps have done both, but, I’ve found, that those who say it’s an easy gig have never done it. How could working from home be more stressful and difficult? I’m about to tell you.
Yes, there are disruptions on traditional jobs, too, but nothing quite like what can be experienced when you’re working from home. For instance, I have 4 pets; 2 dogs and 2 cats. If I worked a job outside the house, I would have to kennel my dogs during the day. But, I don’t do that since I work from home. It’s not fair to them. That means that I’m up about 500 times a day to take them out, see what they’re into (just like having small children again), or just talking to them so they’re not bored.
I also deal with my fair share of disruptions from friends and family. I’ve read so many articles online about the importance of setting boundaries, and they’re all true, but some people just don’t accept them. Even if I don’t answer the phone, I have 1 friend who calls me at least 5 times each day. Really? No one needs to call someone that many times a day. Since I have an iPhone, I take full advantage of the do not disturb feature during office hours. The only calls allowed through are from my sons’ schools and my husband (we don’t talk much during the day).
Laundry is the biggest part of my household chores. There are 4 people in my house, most of them male, and laundry is a never-ending chore! When you work at home, you see your housework staring you in the face all day, every day. This could also be listed in the disruptions section above because it’s just that – a disruption. When working outside the house, you may know that you need to do laundry, but it’s not staring you in your face all day. I don’t care what anyone says – that’s stressful!
Simply put – there isn’t any. Most people expect you to keep working even if you’re sick because you work from home. This is also true when your kids are sick. Your work doesn’t stop because you’re home with a sick child. However, if you let your clients know as soon as possible, they may give you a bit more leeway in getting your work done. I have been very fortunate in this area to work with people who have similar family values.
As a freelancer, you always have to hustle. You don’t just show up, clock in, and get paid. You have to deal directly with those who choose not to pay you, those who want work done for next to nothing, those who always want to haggle over your rates. You won’t have to deal with this with everyone, but it is a reality of remote workers. It’s often difficult to budget your income because it varies from month to month.
I absolutely love working from home and can’t see myself in a traditional job any time soon. Although it can be stressful, I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love that I can get my housework done during the day when the kids are in school instead of having to spend all weekend doing it. I love that I can make make and keep appointments without having to worry about missing a certain number of hours from work. I love that I can work late at night or early in the morning without issue. Working from home is just like any other job; there are good and bad points. The trick is to figure out what works best for you and your family.
Do you work from home? Tell me what you love about it below!