Thursday, October 18, 2007
working from home
I now currently work from home, this happened a couple of months ago. While in theory it sounds like a dream come true, there are some harsh realities that I would like to share if you were like me and always spent your day job dreaming about the luxuries of working from work.
Reality No 1 - say goodbye to the office xmas party, office banter, office gossip or office anything. Although to some this may sound brilliant but in hindsight it can leave a big hole in your social life and it's once you leave all this behind you realise how much of your socialization is done at work.
I have employed several strategies to combat reality no 1, just ask my fruit and veg lady, coffee shop man and local baker : ) (Oh the things we can chat about)! And Bloggerland is a godsend!!
Reality No 2 - Distractions! Believe it or not most days it is a distraction I need. I find that since I am working from home I can ignore to give myself a break from work. I can easily work from 8am - 10pm on most days. Since everything is available to me I'm always thinking about what I could be doing rather than sitting doing nothing.
Reality No 3 - Routine. Again I hadn't noticed how much routine is a big part of a 9 - 5 job until it's gone. I have now realised how much routine is needed in your life otherwise you can end up feeling aimless.
Reality No 4 - A consistent, reliable and regular income. I think this one speaks for itself.
So these are some of the realities that I have encountered so far and I have made every effort to socialise daily, set some consistent break times, create a daily rountine and make sure that I maintain a tight budget. I'm sharing my experiences not to deter others but just to give a little food for thought if wanting to start your own cottage industry.