Want to know the biggest secret about working from home?
In fact, in my opinion it’s a whole lot more work than a “normal” job ever would be. This, of course, will not be the case for every job or everyone’s experience but in my personal life it is definitely the case! I think a common misconception is that working from home is either extremely easy or it goes to the other end of the spectrum where people consider it so hard and so rare that everything labeled “work at home” must be associated with some kind of scam. I’ve found that all the real work from home jobs don’t fall into either category.
In my personal experience my “regular” jobs all required me to show up, clock in, and work. Since I was working for big consecutive chunks of time and paid on an hourly basis I can honestly say that a lot of the time I was paid for working was not always filled with non-stop work. I think most people experience this, there are plenty of “down time” moments in any workplace where you have wrapped up your current project, don’t have any customers, or are waiting on a co-worker for something to start your next assignment. Then of course add in all the “water-cooler” conversations and joking around that most work places have (and I don’t think I’d want to work at a place where they didn’t exist!) When you are your own boss downtime just translates into not being paid for anything time. Even in my administrative assistant position I hold now every minute that I log in is time spent actually working on whatever my latest assignment is. When I stop working the time on my sheet stops as well. The work threads that I “hijack” on facebook to talk about needing a haircut (our companies version of water-cooler conversations) are all done on my own free time. If you own your own business or are in a sales position (like many legit work from home jobs require) you can spend hours and hours doing hard work that you might not see the results of money wise for months.
This is why it is so vital to choose a field of work that you truly love and are extremely passionate about if you decide to work from home. If you cannot eat, breathe, and live your job happily it will never work. For example right now writing this article will be my “relaxation time” tonight. As a mom of a preschooler and a baby with no extra childcare I have to squeeze my work at home jobs into my “me” time. I can do this happily because I love writing, love blogging, and am passionate about the company I’m the administrative assistant for.
Be sure to keep all of this in mind before jumping into any field or job from home! In closing I’d like to leave you with a great quote and Scripture!
All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do. ~Author Unknown
Proverbs 6:6-8: Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
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