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While there are those who would refuse to consider working from home or working at home a ‘legit’ job, there are also those who think of it like it’s the coolest thing on earth! And why not, you get to work even if you don’t go to work, errr that is because you technically work from home. Nonetheless, it does seem like it’s a cool thing, right?
Working from home can really be that cool and obviously it does have its perks, but don’t get carried away just yet. The very idea of working from home may give some people the notion of having the ‘luxury’ of free time. Like you can work only when or sometimes even where you want to – say start the work on Tuesdays instead of the dreaded Mondays, or work while enjoying the beach or hanging out at Starbucks for instance. Or work only if you feel like it. Well, not quite the case.
I’m sorry to burst your bubble but if you’re serious about working from home, you will have to look at it as what it’s supposed to be - work. It’s still work, you only get to do it at home or somewhere else instead of the office and it just so happens that you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck but then again, it’s still work.
Working from home, whether you have your own home business or online business, or you’re still working for a company and only given the option to work from home, does not necessarily mean that you can work only when you want to.
If you’re working for a company – you still need to answer to someone, probably, a higher authority that you need to report to. So frankly, you can’t just say I don’t have it yet cause I don’t feel like working yet. I don’t think that will fly well to anyone who’s counting on you about something.
If you have your own home business – you are responsible for the success of such and your work attitude will readily reflect on your business’ standing. Not to mention that you’ll have to deal with other people as well in the course of your business and such will require commitment as well.
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Sure, you can work only when you want to.
As long as you’re meeting deadlines or delivering results then you can very well work only when you want to. But the reality is that you’re going to need a strong sense of dedication if you really want to succeed at working from home. Of course that is if you’re planning to really choose it over your ‘regular work’ and that you intend to make a living out of it.
The truth is that there will be days that even if you don’t feel like working, you simply have to, because the bottom line is that you have to be responsible – yes, even when working at home.
Sure you can reschedule the things that needed to be done, push some of it so you could have your free time to relax, go out or simply to give in to your ‘not-up-for-it’ mood. But caution should be taken, because giving in to this habit of pushing things off may result to an overwhelming work load and cramming in the end that could very well contribute to stress.
Work while lounging at the beach.
Sounds pretty cool, huh! Well, it’ll be a stretch to do this. Sure you can check your email and stuff while you’re on vacation (the wonders of internet and gadgets, I know!), but seriously, work while on the beach? Isn’t the whole purpose of being on the beach is to relax? So why would you want to work? I doubt if your brain will even cooperate with the idea of ‘working’ when it’s obviously on vacation mode - given the feel of sand under your feet, the sun on your face, the smell of the ocean…you know the works.
Working from home does give you the flexibility to work outside of the office, given of course that you have your laptop and all. As the name implies, work at home, basically, you’re creating an office right at your home. So the idea of working while on the beach or while hanging out at Starbucks sounds a little impractical.
When you’re out and about, of course there will be distractions, there will be certain limitations (your laptop may not have all the files you need because it’s on your desktop at home), not to mention that the whole idea of going out or vacationing is to relax if not to socialize!
Sure, you can check, keep up with the on goings and attend to urgent cases – while on the beach or wherever. But work like seriously work? Hmmm, haven’t you had enough working to do at home since you’re working from home?
Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer! She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too! This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green! She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean. And she has a pitbull named Irie.
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