Ever since I quit my job to work from home, people have asked me if it’s as awesome as it sounds. After all, I no longer have to put on makeup, pack a lunch, or wear ridiculous things like wear panty hose. My new commute is approximately ten seconds from my bedroom. And most importantly, I don’t have to deal with customers, coworkers, or bosses.
But, working at home certainly isn’t perfect. And, while it does solve some of the problems that I used to deal with, it has merely created others. So, here’s what I like and don’t like about working from home:
What I Like About Working From Home
Working at home is awesome for a lot of reasons. First of all, I like having the freedom to do what I want to do when I want to do it. I like taking breaks when it’s convenient for me and planning my work around the other (important) things that need attention in my life. I’m fairly self-motivated so I don’t mind the fact that no one is breathing down my neck either. And, although I liked my coworkers at my old job, I don’t miss having to wait on other people or deal with their various shenanigans or problems.
I love being able to stop what I’m doing and take a bath in the middle of the day. Or, I can go to the grocery store, call a friend, or clean my house. If my dog is getting on my nerves, I can scream “SHUT THE HELL UP” at the top of my lungs about five hundred times. And, I don’t have to worry about offending anyone since no one else is here.
What I Don’t Like About Working From Home
Working at home can get lonely and sometimes I really do miss having people to interact with. I also struggle with the fact that I don’t have a specific schedule to follow and am basically in charge of creating my own. And since I get distracted easily, I have to be careful not to get too carried away with projects around the house. You know, one minute I’m working and the next minute I’m out in the yard picking weeds. I have to work really hard to stay focused!
Working at home can also be boring. I don’t have anyone to talk to, joke around with, make fun of when they’re at lunch.
My Dream Work Scenario
I know I can’t have it both ways, but I do wish that there was a way to work from home and still be around other people. Sometimes I wish that I could rent an office space near my home just for work. My dream office would have a big wrap-around desk that seats two and lots of filing cabinets and shelving to store my stuff. Oh, and my coworkers would rarely talk yet insist on buying me a veggie sub and fries from Penn Station every day. In addition, the copy machine would always work and no one would ever complain. Ever. A girl can dream, right?
What do you like about working in an office? Or, what’s your favorite part about working at home? What’s your dream work scenario?