Telling someone you work from home often comes with several misconceptions about this over glorified lifestyle. Anyone who has done it can tell you how uncertain yet rewarding times can be. Before you quit your secure-steady-paycheck-with-benefits job, consider the following:
Myth #1: I Can Work in My Pajamas
Getting “office ready” is part of the usual morning ritual. It is tempting to stay in your pajamas if you don’t see clients face to face. However, if you truly want to feel productive then dressing as if you are going to the office is highly recommended. Otherwise I tend to feel lethargic and sluggish. Some people can pull this off. I am not one of them.
Myth #2: I Can Work Whenever I Want To
This is true for the most part but you still need to remain disciplined on when and how often you work. For example; when I first started working from home, I often worked from first thing in the morning until bed time.
I learned this is how burn out happens. Now I keep a regular morning through dinner work schedule and leave the evenings free for family and relaxation.
You are more flexible working from home therefore you can choose between evenings versus mornings, four days a week instead of five, etc. Just make sure to stick to a regular schedule and create balance in your life.
Myth #3: I Never Leave the House
This is a pet peeve of mine. My neighbors are regular 9 to 5 folks. They assume I never leave the house because my vehicle is there before they go to work and after the time they come home, not realizing that I have the freedom to not have to wait until after 5pm to do errands, go out, see friends, etc.
I have to deal with comments like these on a regular basis from friends and relatives even though I make it a point to get out on a regular basis.
Myth #4: I Work Less at Home Versus the Office
Not when your work is always staring at you in the face and commute time is less than ten seconds long. It is too easy to work one more hour or work while cooking dinner or check email between evening TV commercials.
It is worse when you are a small business owner and have to take on multiple roles such as accounting, marketing and networking.
Myth #5: I Will Enjoy Being By Myself
Water cooler talk, office background noise and lunchroom conversations are just some of the simple things you miss when going from office life to working at home.
For people like me who need another human around at times this can be a challenge. Thankfully I live in town.
Despite the many challenges of being a homentrepreneur I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It is fulfilling and rewarding but only if you correctly manage your expectations and find the right balance.
What are some of the myths you deal with while working from home?