The Good and the Bad of Working From Home

Good and Bad

Since I have been working from home, aka doing my own thing on the internet to make money, I spend a lot more time working than when I had a “real” job. Yes, it’s true! I usually work six to seven days a week, eight plus hours a day. For a lot less money. So much less money, it’s embarrassing.

So lets see, I make less money and work more when working from home.  So why do I do it?  Because I like what I do.  I get to choose what I do, every day.  Do I want to write some more on one of my eBooks?  Write in my blog?  Write articles for content sites?  Design graphics for my Zazzle shops?  Look for new items to put in my online stores?  There are endless possibilities, and I get to decide what I want to do each and every day.  I may not make much money, but I am happy.

I am lucky enough to be able to be less concerned with how much money I make because my husband’s income supports the household.  He is happier because I am happier, and I do make enough income to provide us with some of the luxury items we want but otherwise could not afford.  It really is a win/win situation for both of us.  Even more so because I am able to use some of my time to grow a big portion of the food we eat in my garden, which saves us even more money.

But it isn’t all wine and roses when you work from home, there are bad things about it as well, especially if you are serious about actually working, when you work from home.  The worst thing  is the fact that everyone in your life thinks that working from home is the same thing as not working at all! 

  • They call during the day and tie you up on the phone and think nothing about wasting an hour of your time.
  • They drop by and stay for hours.
  • They ask you to do them favors and pick up things “since you have time during the day.”
  • They ask you to watch their kid(s) because school was cancelled unexpectedly.
  • They ask you to pick up their kids and watch them because they have to work late.
  • They ask you to host the weekday dinner party “since you have more time to prepare.”
  • They are critical of your house and yard if it isn’t perfect because you have “all that time” to work on them.

I know you are probably laughing, but this really happens.  People do not take you seriously if you tell them you work from home.  It is up to you to make the people in your life understand that working from home means exactly that: 

WORKING from home.  It means you work, but you do it at home instead of at an office.  You do not have any more time during the day than on site office workers.  You do not have time to talk on the phone, entertain visitors, babysit, prepare for parties, clean house or do yardwork between the hours of 9 and 5.  It will take some time, but if you are firm, then people will come to understand.

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