This is part 4 on the series So You Hate Your Job. This series is NOT about making money online and it’s not about getting rich quick. I’m writing for the mom who has to put her children away while she goes to work for at a job she hates. Click here if you missed part 1. part 2. and part 3.
If you are considering quitting your job and working from home please be realistic with yourself. Many moms think that if they can “just work at home” then it will be akuna matata; flexibility, convenience, freedom, hanging out with the children, meeting the husband for lunch or a “dance” in the middle of the day. Yes, those are the perks of working from home, but believe me, they don’t happen every day!
Here are some realistic things that you’ll have to deal with:
- Holding back your career-If you’re teleworking for a company be aware that “out-of-sight” often means “out-of-mind”. You won’t be easily remembered when the time comes for promotions and new projects. If that bothers you then you’ll have to work very hard staying visible and keeping in contact with the office.
- Loneliness-Work at home means work alone. If you love the social interactions-birthday parties, lunching out, chit-chat interruptions-then you’ll be miserable by yourself. Ordering inflatable friends and standing them around your kitchen sink just won’t cut it.
- Bossing yourself around-Most of us are pretty hard on ourselves and will make a mean boss. And a greater portion of us lack discipline. Without the office pressure can you resist flipping through the magazine that’s sitting on the counter or the load of laundry that keeps calling you?
- Where to stick the children-Don’t think that you can run a business or work from home with crying babies and needy toddlers under foot…well, I do it but I’m really homeschooling first and running a business second. If I had to answer to a company for my telework, they would have fired me long ago! (I fired myself, but then I went back and begged for a second chance.) Even if your children are of school age, they often have days off and you’re have to figure what to do with them.
- Office space– Working at the kitchen table, a desk in the living room, or a table bed is not conducive to efficient work. You will need space; preferably space that has a door attached so that you can close it and muffle the calls of the refrigerator, the laundry and the television.
Be realistic as you daydream about working at home. I hope that these points will help you determine if you really hate your job.Feel