Here I am, just sitting on my laptop, waiting for emails whilst watching TV. Well, not really. But people get these ideas that working from home means lounging about at home whilst finding stuff to do. Either that or we are all doing sales jobs from the moment we are awake or working in pyramid sale schemes. But that isn’t the case!
There are a few misconceptions about people who work from home. Here are just some of them!
WE WORK WHEN WE LIKE
It’s assumed that those who work at home can work any hours they please. Not entirely the case. Although working from home makes everything more flexible, hours can extend into the evenings or start from early mornings. Many who work from home do have to set guidelines and set work hours just like if they were to be working in an office. It really depends on the job.
WE HAVE LOTS OF FREE TIME
During work hours, you have to create deadlines, time boundaries and organise your life around your work. The problem is that you are never really leaving your workspace. Even when closing the door to the home office at the end of your day, there’s always a temptation to pop in there to work into the late hours of the night. Really, working from home can be just as demanding as any other job. While working digitally enables you to create a flexible schedule, there is still work that needs to be done.
WE DO A JOB THAT IS ALSO OUR HOBBY
Although working from home is more beneficial than going to an office (for many!) it’s not necessarily our hobby. Although I enjoy marketing and writing the topic of my job isn’t something I find interesting at all really. But that’s good. I never want my job to be my hobby otherwise, it will become a chore as opposed to something I enjoy.
WE DON’T HAVE TO GET READY FOR WORK
When I’m travelling and working, it’s a different situation. I feel much more laid back due to time differences and an overall awareness that I am out of the country. But when I’m in the UK, based at home I like to have a routine. It’s thought that if you don’t have to leave the house you also don’t have to get it ready but in reality getting ready for work helps productivity.
WE ALL DO HOME SALES
Almost any job that requires an office can be done at home. With the use of Skype, Dropbox, wi-fi, email and also telephone it’s a pretty good set up, Small businesses could save a lot of money by using this method:
- Customer service
- Data entry
- Web design
- Graphic design
EVERYONE CAN WORK FROM HOME
There’s a certain discipline you must have to be able to work from home. You have to be able to work… from home. Without distraction. That can be tricky (believe me)! Again, it depends on your line of work and what you’re expected to do. But not everyone enjoys working in their house and prefer to work in offices.
Do you have any opinions about working from home? Have you done it before? Is it something you enjoyed? Let me know!