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I feel utterly blessed to be able to work with a legitimate work from home position. Yet, there are several cons of working from home that does go unmentioned. One of the major cons is dealing with family and friends not respecting the fact that you are in fact working. Another issue is having to have backups for everything including obviously, the Internet. It’s hard to set boundaries between personal and working life.
Cons of Working From Home
Family Tend to Be a Big Distraction
I work from home with a wonderful company, but there are periods where we barely get any calls. During those time frames, my family flock to me wanting me to conquer small odd and end things for them. Granted, I’m quick to respond to calls, but it makes it hard for me to switch back into “working” mode when I go from dealing with them to dealing with a customer. I had to learn how to deal with that issue and make it clear to my family that I can NOT have them distracting me throughout my workday.
Because I am home, I still hear and see plenty of family drama happening around me. So, as a result, you guessed it… Momma has to be involved in fixing it on my breaks. (Even though, I’m in my OWN office with two doors that lock, I still hear it all.) Plus, during break times, I walk through the house and see things unattended to, and I have to harp on the kids about the kid’s chores not being finished that they’ve had for YEARS. In essence, I don’t feel like I am really getting a break from work and/or life.
Backups for Everything
I have to provide my own equipment and Internet service in order to be able to work from home. Since I’ve started working with this company six months ago, I have endured many technical issues. As a result, I have invested in a new computer and turned my old one as a backup. I have tried several new headsets thinking that was the issue, but so far only one headset really works well with this company.
Just the other day, I went several hours without internet. I couldn’t believe I lost total complete Internet and cell phone service. It felt like I was back in the ‘90s. But it was a horrible feeling not being able to contact my boss and let her know what was happening. It almost makes consider investing in a backup Internet.
Had my Internet issues lasted any longer, I was going to have to set up shop somewhere else for the day. But I have backup places in mind for that purpose.
You’ll Crave Freedom from Your Home More
When you work from home one of the things, I find is that I don’t appreciate being home during my time off. I literally get sick of seeing my home. It’s not because I don’t love my home as wonky as it is, but I work from home forty hours a week. Then I spend at least 20-30 hours a week on my blog. So, I don’t want anything to do with a computer or being trapped inside.
Luckily, my husband understands this, and doesn’t mind the fact that just about every moment I’m off I’m found riding my four-wheeler or off gallivanting with the kids somewhere. My daughter and I are also starting with work with a local equine therapy center for abused/neglected horses every Saturday. So, after twenty years, my behind is finally going back into the saddle. I’m loving it.
You Must Be Diligent About Boundaries
While working from home sounds like a dream, one of the hardest things I’ve found, is setting boundaries on myself. I can easily get distracted by doing things for my blog, scrolling social media, and other things. One thing with my job, is I have to pay attention to the fact that I’m active and ready to take calls. So, I have to be diligent about boundaries and ensure that during working hours, my focus is on my job first and foremost. It’s not as easy as it sounds when you’re surrounded by all of your stuff. I’ve learned how to manage it well, but it was a bunch of trial and error to start with.
Working from home offers many benefits and even a few drawbacks. It’s up to you to determine if you have the personality for it. You’ll need to rein in family and friends who want to take advantage of you, as well as yourself, to stay on track for creating a healthy and profitable home business.
What are some of the cons you’ve found for working from home?
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