I recently wrote about how I quit my job in order to focus on my various streams of online income. The change has been quite dramatic, so I thought I would write a post about the new challenges I am facing since deciding to work from home…
Oh, who am I kidding? My new set-up is completely bitchin’! Although I liked my old job, I feel like a have a whole new life. Instead of working 70 hours a week, I’m now working about 40. Plus, I’m not having to deal with all of the bullshit that came with my old 9-5. While my old job required me to spend my entire day in an office being constantly interrupted, my new job requires me to sit on my couch and talk to people only through email. If anyone dares to call me, they immediately get a text back. “Do you need something?” I pretty much hate people right now, so I’m trying to take some time off from the majority of people I know. Give me a few months, alright?
The realities of working from home
This all may sound completely boring, but I’m finding ways to keep my days from being too monotonous. If I need a change of scenery, I simply move from my couch to my favorite comfy chair or my office. Sometimes I get cabin fever. When that happens, I go for a walk or make a trip to the grocery store. But, don’t worry. I’m super motivated, so I’m still getting shit done left and right. The difference is that when I’m done working I can just stop. I no longer have to count down the minutes until 5:00 finally arrives and I can go home. Gone are the days of pretending to be busy when I’m not, and I don’t have to rely on someone else for a paycheck.
My new problems
Working from home is definitely awesome, but there are a few issues that I’m dealing with since becoming self-employed. Leaving my old job allowed me to get away from the problems that came with working for someone else. However, my new job has its share of new and different problems to deal with. Here are a few:
My new co-worker is annoying. I loved my co-workers at my old job, especially my husband, Greg, who still works there. Unfortunately, working from home means that I get to spend the entire day with my dog Pablo, the freeloading genius who is definitely not worth the pet insurance cost for owning him. Have you ever tried to write an article with a dog sitting on your arm? Humping your elbow? Breathing what smells like raw sewage all over you? Did I mention that he’s mostly blind? This wouldn’t be a problem…except for the fact that he barks at anything that moves!
My kids don’t think I really have a job. I was recently alerted to the fact that my 4-year-old is telling her daycare friends and their parents that I don’t have a job. I should probably be mortified, but I think it is hilarious! Can you imagine what those parents must think of me? They think that I take my kids to daycare and just sit my ass at home all day. It doesn’t help that I sometimes pick them up in yoga pants and house slippers. I would love to be a fly on the wall during some of those conversations. “Did you hear that Holly quit her job but keeps her kids at daycare? What in the hell do you think she does all day?” They must think that I’m either a terrible mother or a diabolical genius!
Sometimes the days run together. This isn’t really anything I should be complaining about, but I did find that working from home can make all the days run together. If I don’t leave the house for a few days, it can just feel like one long day. ONE LONG AWESOME DAY. But, still. I’ve been trying to make at least one trip out of the house each day. Either I will go and pick up the kids (Greg usually picks them up on his way home), or I’ll go for a walk or run an errand. That way there is at least something to break things up a little.
Anyway, that’s all I got. Aside from these small issues, my life is pretty dang sweet. I’m still working hard and hustlin’. I’m just doing it in the comfort of my own home.
So, what about you guys? Would you like working from home, or do you think you would go crazy?