The Truth About Working From Home
It’s the 21st century! More and more people are learning to work from home, hoping to become “BOSSES of their OWN Making”. I basically fit into this group, you may too.
If you’ve envisaged a pretty morning, sitting in bed sipping tea and working on your laptop in a night wear, you’ve definitely pictured your life as a free worker. Easy life right? Like whom wouldn’t want that. Sometimes I wish it was pretty easy as they make it seem. Working from home has made a lot of us hold on to false hopes and planned unrealistic trips.
First, 99% of the pictures you see online are for the gram, blog and probably a promotion. Sitting in bed with your laptop is not fun at all. I tried it, then kept trying to fix my back up. It’s the worst posture ever for your dream job. I have worked online part-time, now the thought of going full time seems like a bear run; depressing!
The Working From Home Dream: What You Should Know
If you’ve ever dreamed of doing the work from home thingy, here’s my opinion;
It’s not meant to discourage you because I’m still trying to build myself to fit into this beautiful group. But for our benefit, let’s all come back to reality.
Procrastination Is Real
Please don’t be tired of bumping into procrastination in my blog. It’s one of the most popular and powerful challenge every individual struggles with. So, it’s not limited to you alone or getting forced on you. As someone who wants to earn an 100% living from home, you must learn to beat procrastination.
There is something about being your own boss, you’ll keep postponing and rushing jobs if you don’t train yourself to place work before pleasure.
Easy To Get Distracted
You know one thing about working from home?
It’s extremely easy to lose focus and deviate to something else. You will call it a break but it might go longer than just a break. Aside self-induced breaks, social media has grown even more crazy. The notifications are distracting.
You’d probably get a notification you feel you can not ignore and boom! It turns out you’ve been on Instagram for over 30 minutes without blinking.
How did Instagram become so addictive?
Naturally, if you had a boss, his/her presence will draw you back to your job but, you are your own boss! We’ll need to work on our discipline, we really do.
You’ll Do Jobs In A Rush
Thanks to procrastination, you’ll probably find yourself rushing things up, trying to meet the deadline you thought was in a thousand years time. Aside procrastination, once in a while you might handle urgent jobs that’ll prevent you from enjoying some good night sleep. It may come bumping into your dreams, reminding you of deadlines and consequences.
Self induced Starvation, Mostly for no Reason
If you worked for someone, you’ll probably blame them for not letting you satisfy your hunger. Most individuals who work online often subject themselves to hunger (you may do that too). You can easily get carried away while working from home especially if the job requires urgent attention. It’s never okay to starve because the consequences aren’t pretty. Most people follow a schedule, thus creating one for yourself might help you stay healthy.
You’ll Get Glued To Your Comfort Zone
Working from home can make anyone too comfortable with his immediate environment. If you’re a shy person, you’ll think you never have a reason to face the crowd. You literally make money by sitting in front of a computer! Sometimes you get tired, but there is no place like your comfort zone.
You are Jobless to your Family
Unless you start raking in some paychecks, your family will basically see you as jobless. In a world where waking up in the morning and throttling to work is the order of the day, sitting at home will create a red flag especially if you live in your family house. Everyone will take the reply of “I WORK ON MY LAPTOP“ As some flimsy excuse to stay lazy!
You’ll Lose Friends
Talk about not having time for your friends. You basically enjoy your time alone because it helps you work better. There’s no time to chitchat about anything not contributing to the completion of your job. Although I don’t count people who leave you for reasons as such friends, you still have to work on combining work and create free times for loved ones.
Your Social Life will be a wreck
My social life is zero to none, but I can’t boast of working from home just yet.
How horrible would it be if I have absolutely no reason to step out?
Working from home can make you remove the possibilities of meeting up with friends, family and even new people for some fun time.
You don’t need to go out or meet clients face to face because you’ll be doing everything online. With time, you may notice you met half your friends online. You only know them by whatever name they choose to bear on social media. The best times you get to spend with family and friends, Fridays and Sundays become more comfortable for work rather than some time off.
You’re Not Totally Without Bosses
If there’s any truth you need to know, then it’s the fact that you are not totally your own boss. Most people who work from home often change bosses without even knowing it. Your clients are more or less your bosses. You have to do what ever they want whenever they want. So long you’ve accepted a gig or deal, you become answerable to them. Some clients can be mean, so my best bet is, pray you don’t get all shades of bad clients.
In Africa, It’s Called Scam
In an African country like mine, working from home creates an amazingly red flag. Law enforcement agencies find it extremely cool to call anyone who claims to work from home scam. I cannot blame them. The bad apples did a great job of painting others soar. Following the rise of internet scam, one can only try to be careful and avoid falling into deep mess. No one will listen to you.
The Work At Home Boss
How I’d like to associate myself with this group of people. Who wouldn’t want to his/her own boss? Even with the challenges that accompany this achievement. If I ever get to that level, I do hope that I turn out not as bad as a disorganized online hustler.
Good luck with your dreams.