Monday, November 11, 2013

Realities of Working From Home

It has been 5 months since I started working from home and so far, we're managing. Making the decision to work from home is not to be taken lightly because believe it or not it's not as easy as it sounds. You have to be prepared -- not just emotionally but also financially.

I agree. Working from home may sound like a great set up. After you finish your task, you can just turn your computer off and then do whatever you need. 
But let me share with you the challenges that you could face when working from home.

Temptations are everywhere.  I know my laptop is supposed to be my friend but oftentimes it's not.  It is one big distraction.  I itch to check my Facebook page everyday and this is something that I am trying to control so I could be more productive. This has never happened before because when I was in the BPO industry, Facebook cannot be accessed using my work PC.

You notice EVERYTHING.  Turn to the left and you see an unmade bed.  To your right is the laundry and the bathroom that you're dying to scrub until they are squeaky clean.

Babysitting while trying to write a few articles.

Distractions.  Quite a different set up when you're at the office because there's no toddler running around looking for "Mama" there.  Then again these are sometimes good.  I love those days when I work on my articles and my son would just hug me from the back or give me a kiss.

You work with yourself. You brainstorm with yourself. I kind of miss those times when you draw out several ideas by talking with your teammates and colleagues.

So, are you still considering working from home?


  1. I still do but only as a part time or side line thing. Mothers and fathers alike take advantage of every earning opportunity mainly for their kids' education , emergency fund or simply for recreation. Wait till your kids grow up and become independent. By that time you have more time for earning and doing things all by yourself.

    Blessings !

    1. I agree. Parents usually jump at almost every opportunity to earn extra. I used to write part-time when I was still working in the BPO industry. The pay is not really that high but it definitely helped a lot in building my profile in Odesk.

      Thanks for dropping by Sarah.


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