Are you Happy with your Work at Home Job?
Well let's think about this. This is indeed a loaded question, and also one you should not take lightly.
Are you happy and fulfilled working at home?
For me personally; It has been both a challenge and a learning experience getting where I am today in the work at home industry. But, looking at the whole picture (the grand scheme of things), it's actually been the best decision I've ever made for myself. I guess when asking yourself the above question, you need to take a really good look at the advantages and disadvantages of your daily home job experiences and make adjustments accordingly.
The two biggest obstacles for me have been:
- People (including my family) not taking my job seriously. Some people think I can just take a day off whenever I want to. Well, this is very true to a point. There are many days when I have to put in a full busy day, just like all the rest of us. As a work at home professional, I have obligations and deadlines each and everyday of the week.
- The isolation I feel at times working from my home. There have been days when I've really struggled with isolation and felt really lousy and just plain lonely. Many homeworkers share in this lack of interaction with coworkers. Let's face it, when one is used to being around friendly individuals in the brick and mortar workforce and suddenly change gears and decide to work from home, this can often be a challenging adjustment.
If you're not happy and fulfilled with your work at home situation due to similar experiences I have expressed above, here are some tips that may help.
- Make sure your family and friends understand this is YOUR JOB, your way of earning a weekly income. Your time and space needs to be respected.
- If your phone is not used for business purposes, leave an important message on your answering machine explaining you are not available during business hours and will get back to them.
- Create a "do not disturb" sign on your home office door for other family members in your household to let them know you are busy working unless emergencies arise.
- Make a lunch date with a friend or family member once a week.
- Network with other homeworkers and get to know them through various online message forums and social networks.
- Plan a time (just for you) to get out and take a daily walk through your neighborhood, weather permitting of course. Converse with your neighbors when you meet them face to face. Be friendly.
- Call up a friend just to chat. Reaching out to others on a daily basis will help fill that void that home isolation brings.
Some of the tips above have helped considerably make my work experience a little more enjoyable. Also I have come to realize that all the advantages of working at home significantly exceeded the disadvantages and I am happy and fulfilled with what I do.