The Top Five Reasons Why Working from Home is a Real Job

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Since I started working from home , many people have told me to “Go find a real job.”  What they don’t realize is that working from home IS a real job, minus the bumper to bumper traffic,  office gossip and dress code.  I’m sure many of you have heard the same thing from people, so I thought I’d put together a list of reasons working home is a real job.  The next time someone tells you to go find a real job, feel free to share one or all of these reasons with them.

 

It requires more self-discipline to work from  home than it does to work outside of the home.

    This is true especially if you’re an independent contractor who doesn’t have to work a set schedule.  Even though working from home gives you the freedom to set your own schedule in a lot of cases, you do still have to have the self-discipline to actually sit down and work.  Many people accomplish this by setting a schedule for themselves, or writing down the goals they want to accomplish for the next day.

In some cases, you have to work harder to earn money than you would if you were working outside the home.If you’re working outside the home, you’re more than likely working as an employee with guaranteed hourly pay. However independent contractors are not always compensated for the work they do;  it may depend whether the customer like the work or not.  Luckily, some companies do give you an opportunity to make changes, but others may not.   Of course, this isn’t true of all independent contractor companies… companies that hire independent contractors to make outbound calls or receive  inbound calls usually pay per minute regardless of the outcome of the call – however they may offer additional incentives for good performance.

 

You still have to find a ways to deal with distractions.  The distractions you have deal with may be different though – common work from home distractions include children, pets, doorbells (or people knocking on the door),  and ringing cell phones.  Luckily some these can be dealt with – you can turn the ringer on your cell phone off, or send you calls to voicemail  while you’re working.  You can also place a “do not disturb” sign on your door.

 

Just with jobs at “brick and mortar” companies, many work from home companies offer you the opportunity to get pay raises or bonuses depending on your performance, and some may even give you the opportunity to advance into other positions.  When I worked for Sterling Testing Systems (which I talked about in my blog post “My Top Five Favorite Work from Home Phone Jobs,”  I was given the opportunity to work on the rapid response team, and I was also given the opportunity to train some new hires – this meant I was able to make extra money for the time I worked on those tasks.  In addition, when I worked for Westat, the last three months I was with them I worked as a Team Leader, which has a completely different set of responsibilities as well as better pay.

 

Depending on the company, you may have to participate in additional trainings and/or team meetings. Just like people who work outside of the home occasionally have to attend meetings and/or additional trainings, people who work for certain work from home companies may have to attend meetings or trainings as well. When I worked with Westat  I had to participate in trainings for the different surveys I worked on, as well as refusal avoidance training for the surveys.  In addition I would have to attend team meetings and also one on one sessions with my mentor.  These sessions do take up additional time, however they’re necessary to stay informed on what’s going on at the company, as well as to help sharpen your skills.

 

What kind of reasons have you given for why your work from home job is a real job?

 

 

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Lisa

October 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Amen to all of these. My biggest problem is people calling me and messaging me on the phone all day. They don’t always take me seriously when I say I’m working.

Shanae

October 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm

For some odd reason people think because we’re at home, we sit around the house in our pjs and slippers, eat bon-bons all day and watch soap operas. Telecommuters are some of the hardest working people in the industry.

We work all day (at least 2 jobs), clean the house, feed AND take care of the kids, cook dinner, take care hubby when he gets home and still manage to keep our sanity. We’re simply awesome!!!

Miranda Grimm

October 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

Amen!!!!!

Leisa Good

October 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

I tell them it is a real job, and I paid some real taxes!

Kathy

October 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

It’s a real job because I get paid with real money! And when you factor in expenses, I’ve actually advanced in my at-home gig to the point where I make MORE money working from home than I would outside of the home! No gas expense, no extra wardrobe expense, and most of all, no child care expense!

Morgan

October 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I totally agree!! So many people criticize the fact I work from home and seem to think my jobs are not “real” jobs. Especially the independent contracting jobs. They seem to think that I can just do what I want and don’t have to abide by any of the company policies etc. This is so irritating to me. I also hate the fact that (my opinion only) companies seem to pay telecommuters less then what they pay people to work at their location for the same exact job!! Just because they have to commute doesn’t mean they should be paid more. We have to provide our own tech support and maintain our own equipment, so this saves the companies money. So the fact they pay us less makes no sense to me.

David

January 19, 2012 at 7:33 am

I love working from home and it’s a real job to me in that it brings in the income, support the family and feed the kids 🙂

Alissa

November 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

Although I am still in the process of trying to work out a schedule. I am preparing myself to deal with questions and criticism. And this article is very helpful.

Erica

November 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Glad it was helpful for you!