If you can’t find work or you have a young family, working from home may seem like a good idea. If that’s what you do and it pays the bills then that’s okay!
I started an online business while I was home and “had the time” and very little money. At the time it was foreign to me but it sounded really good to be home and still earn money. Because it was foreign to me it seemed like a really big deal and even though I wasn’t convinced I gave it try. Little did I know that several people had several online businesses working from home. But If I’m being honest I didn’t really like it ( the working from home part) and I haven’t spoken to anyone who did it and said they liked it either. While working at home had it’s own PERKS like:
Not paying rent.
Flexible time (no need to call in late/absent).
No dealing with traffic and even
Working naked (for those who are into that),
It also came with a DOWNSIDE: –
Family who didn’t see you as “working” – work time slowly becoming “fix/clean the house time.
Isolation – no peers to see and collaborate with.
Unmatched Perspectives – also associated with isolation but if you work from home and the news you get is all the news you get, you may have a different view of what’s happening around you and may miss some opportunities, and lastly.
Unhealthy habits – No need to leave home, lying down working and no real need to move as much.
I didn’t like working from home but when I returned to a formal workplace, the return was brutal. I wasn’t expecting it as I was preparing for the world of hustle, rejection and the life of a solo-preneur and so preparations were probably not as it should’ve been when working for someone else. The distance was far, the traffic was out of this world, having new colleagues was nice, but different. Because of the distance, I felt out of sync somewhat as I woke up early, left home early and got home late and seemed to miss a lot of life as I spent alot of time driving and working. But I was less isolated…. there were some central emails informing of charity walks and a few other things which made me more knowledgeable of events and things that are happening outside of my world but they were not informing on many trendy activities and certainly no choices of where to go on Saturday Night.
The reality is that we all live with some degree of isolation and missed opportunities. I have experienced a lot of employment worlds – low income jobs, teen jobs, high income jobs, work from home, “proper” smart attire jobs, unemployment, in between jobs, boss and employee and in all cases there is a need to know what there is to know to get the job done and a desire to know what else is happening in the world and have a balanced life aka work-life balance.
Working from home (or not) is not easy. We hope the Jobs Ads N More would be a place that you’d visit often to find out what’s happening around, beat isolation and give you the power of choosing where to go when you want to.