In as much as I’m enjoying working at home – having the freedom to manage my time anyway I want to – it is undeniably challenging as well.
Just like any work – be it a regular 8-5 job or managing a brick and mortar business – working at home also needs discipline and dedication as well.
Don’t be fooled with the idea that working at home means you can sleep all day or lull around in your PJs while you fatten up your bank account. Seriously, let’s be real here.
Why Work at Home?
With the current state of our economy today plus the fact that job security is pretty much non-existent – having something that you can either fall back into or provide you with supplemental income proved to be not so much of an option anymore.
Working at home is no longer viewed as risky as it used to be. In fact, with the right tools, proper guidance and positive mindset you can actually ensure your family’s future by working from home.
The Perks of Working at Home
You basically manage your own time. Yes, you can wake up late and work late at night or work early so you can free your evening. You can go on Holiday vacation with family, you don’t have to miss your kids’ school activities, you get to choose your own ‘break time’ – you pretty much control your schedule.
You are your own boss. Yes, you’ll be working with other people as well in the course of your home business or working from home, but you get a say on how to go about things. You don’t have to blindly obey just because you’re told to.
In the same premise, you get all the credits. You rightfully get the credits for working hard on something that you genuinely believe in.
Not everyone is a believer of this concept – working at home or working from home. They still view it as good as being unemployed.
For me, these basically are the people who are too afraid to let go of what they have grown accustomed to. They believe that a ‘real’ job is one where you clock in and clock out every day for 6 days, one where there is a boss, one where you have ‘office mates’ or ‘work mates’ and basically one where you need to go out of the house to ‘go’ to.
Hmmm, isn’t being tied to 9+ hour job per day proved to be stressful? How about the ‘boss’ who constantly hover or expects too much? And the office politics, the bullying and all? Don’t forget the time you have to spend traveling to work.
People think that when you’re working at home, you can be bothered anytime of the day since after all you’re just sitting at home, right? Well, not quite.
Working at home does mean you manage your own time, so the key is managing. There is still some sort of order you have to deal with. Yes, at times you can simply just go on a walk if you want to or decide to go AWOL to unwind. But you get to decide when to do just that.
Say you’re writing an article, it’s not working, you can’t get a hold on a single thought…by all means take a leisurely walk instead, perhaps hang out with some friends for an hour or so. Or let’s say you feel all burnt out, you can then ultimately decide when is the right time to take a leave of absence and take a breather first.
So you see, there has to be some time management in place to make working at home work for you.
Working at home can be very challenging, just like any other ‘real’ job out there. But I can honestly say that I’m leaving a fuller life – enjoying freedom, security of work and a much meaningful life.