5 Things No One Told Me About Working From Home
Updated on: by Amy Kennedy
I Can’t Work With My Kids Around
I decided to pursue a work at home career after having kids. I couldn’t take the idea of dropping my baby off to a daycare full of strangers. However, every work at home job I’ve done was nearly impossible to do with my kids around. Even blogging. They needed my attention and even now that they are older, they are very distracting. I’ve had to get pretty creative and sacrifice things like sleep in order to make working from home work for me.
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When I worked as a sales rep for a virtual call center, I had to be sure to find a flexible company that would allow me to schedule my own hours, around my husbands schedule. Although we didn’t get a lot of quality time together, at least I was able to still work while he was home to care for the children. It was hard – but we survived.
I’ve done other work at home jobs that did not require the complete silence that a phone job does, but I couldn’t accomplish much with them around. I had to limit my work time to after they were in bed. Now, my kids are in school and I have a lot of time alone.
I Have No Idea What I’m Doing
There is very little support for those of us who work from home. Even the companies that I’ve worked with that had chat systems and forums in place to help guide me through and provide support, it never felt like enough. When I worked brick and mortar jobs, I was able to get direct confirmation and correction during training.
Working from home, however, I have been faced with many times when I felt as if I had no idea what I was doing.
Specifically when I began working as a freelance writer. I over-thought every step of the way.With some encouragement from members at WorkPlaceLikeHome.com’s forum- I pushed through and just did it to the best of what I knew and everything turned out okay.
There’s Still No Time For Dishes
I thought working from home would open up some time for me to better keep up with the house work. Although, I do save time on commuting, I feel the need to work in every possible moment I have alone. Plus, I am now making more of a mess since I am home all day.
I have dropped the idea that my house would become better organized. Now I am just more comfortable with my mess.
I Am Not a Highly Self-Motivated Person
If you would have asked me 8 years ago, before I began working from home, if I was a highly self-motivated person, I would have said YES with complete confidence.
Now that I have the freedom to either walk to my computer or walk to my fridge….I realize I am not naturally self-motivated. It takes a lot of mental effort to keep myself on track.
Jeans Became Part of My “Dress Up” Wardrobe
Long gone are the days I wore slacks, dress socks, leather shiny shoes and curled my hair daily. Jeans were weekend wear before I began working from home. Now, my dress attire is a cotton t-shirt, a pair of pajama pants and I throw my hair up in a pony tail. Jeans are for going out! This is not a complaint! I love it!
Struggling with Work-Life Balance
Finding a proper work-life balance has been a constant challenge for me since transitioning to working from home. Without clear boundaries between my personal space and workspace, it’s easy to blur the lines between work and leisure time.
The lack of a physical separation often leads to extended working hours, making it difficult to disconnect and relax. I find myself checking emails or working on projects late into the evening, which affects my personal relationships and overall well-being.
Establishing a structured schedule, setting designated work hours, and creating a dedicated workspace have been crucial in mitigating this challenge.
Feelings of Isolation and Lack of Social Interaction
One aspect that took me by surprise when working from home is the overwhelming sense of isolation and the absence of regular social interaction. The absence of colleagues and face-to-face interactions can be quite lonely, especially for extroverted individuals like myself who thrive on social connections.
While virtual communication tools help bridge the gap to some extent, it’s not the same as in-person interactions. I miss the spontaneous conversations, team collaboration, and the overall camaraderie found in a traditional office setting.
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To address this, I actively seek out virtual networking opportunities, join online communities, and make an effort to schedule virtual meetings or coffee chats with colleagues or fellow freelancers to maintain a sense of connection and combat the isolation.
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