Working From Home Isn’t As Easy As You Think It Is

Working from Homeby KayChatz

Think working from home is a great option for you? Okay, I must admit, I LOVE working from home. But it’s not as easy as you think. “You got the life” – is what I hear from my friends and family all the time, but little do they know, there comes challenges. It definitely has it’s perks but working from an office or working from your home is still WORK. 

Isolation

It’s so nice to have some peace and quiet. However, you are the only person around all day (unless you have someone at home with you). You don’t have the outside pressure of someone telling you what needs to be done and you don’t get to socialize with your coworkers. I try to change things up a bit and go to my nearest coffee shop to get out for a day.

What Your Boss Doesn’t See

You don’t have a regular 9 – 5 job, so this means you can get up right in your pjs, turn on the coffee pot, and start work as you please. There’s two options here: you either wake up at a decent time and stop work when you are finished, OR, you are putting in extra hours – which is not necessarily a bad thing – but your boss will not know that you are putting in the extra effort. So, if your boss may be hard on you. 

Distractions

Yes, there are many distractions in an office. But I have to say there are WAY MORE distractions when you are in the comfort of your own home. There’s dishes in the sink? They need to be cleaned. Your cat wants some attention? Well, you need to give it some love. You’re hungry? Well turn on the stove/oven and get to cooking. You’re favourite show is on? You get the point. Your friends know you work from home so why wouldn’t they come by to chit-chat. Just a tip, if you’re easily derailed, you’ll have to be diligent if you want to work from home.

Office-Home, Home-Office

You can’t escape your workplace! You are surrounded by those four walls, day in-day out, and work will always be in your face. This can have an effect on your sanity. Do you know how many coffee/wine nights I have to have with the girls just to escape? 

People Don’t Take You Seriously

Those judgmental looks you get from others when you tell them you work from home? Welcome to my life. People look at me as if I sit back and watch Facebook videos all day. If you’re a sensitive person, working from home may not be the best option for you. 


It may not seem all that bad BUT it is not easy. I would much rather work from home than an office, but it still has it’s everyday challenges. What about you? Do you work from home? What are some of the con’s you have noticed? Do you have anything else to add to this list? Drop a comment below :)

Kayla

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  • Sandra

    I sometimes work from home.. and the struggle is real. Yes it’s nice to sit in my jammies and work while watching the food network.. but it’s sometimes I find myself working after work hours, and not paying as much attention to my family. When there’s no hard line, the line gets blurry and I don’t feel as relaxed at home (although going to work requires a bra, so there’s that…)

    • Hey Sandra! I totally get it. It’s super nice to wake up, brush my teeth, turn the pot on and get right to work. But you’re so right about working over-time. I find myself working 24/7 since work is always in my face. Thanks for the comment Sandra :)

  • Jula Pereira

    I am about to embark on a new adventure of working from home, so I appreciated your article. I am planning on waking up at the same time every day in order to keep a structured schedule and try to exercise twice a week. I also want to meet friends for coffee and lunch so I don’t feel too lonely! But overall I am very excited.

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