First of all, I just want to say sorry to anyone still with me on this blog. I’ve taken a step back to deal with some personal and family issues and have been on a journey of self discovery and maybe a bit of self loathing if I’m being totally honest. I was at the point in my life where I was being challenged. With a blog, as most bloggers know, it is very time consuming, well, really all consuming. The amount of time you dedicate to blogging takes away from other things in your life, and the time commitment starts to effect relationships. When you start a business, any business really, it’s a process, and not an overnight process. We live in a society where everyone wants results now, well more like yesterday. When you start a business or blog, it’s a struggle, your heart has to be into it, you have to put your blood, sweat and tears into it before you get the kind of results you dream of. Us writers, entreprenuers and bloggers know this right? For those on the other side of the fence, that broken mangled fence, not so much white picketish fence I might add, it’s hard to understand how someone could put so much effort into something that does not bring instant gratification or success and not to mention, money. So for anyone struggling with building a business, or a blog, or a dream for that matter, I understand, believe me, I do that’s really the whole reasoning behind this blog and business model. Just having a supportive community of like minded individuals who get it, who are on the same journey. It really takes a great support system doing something this bold and unconventional. When you don’t have that support,the struggle is real. I’m had to deal with so much negativity lately, it’s unreal. But yet I press on. So why did I not give up? I almost did because of lack of support.I finally feel like I’m at a turning point. I had some opportunities fall into my lap, some writing and teaching jobs and I really feel like I’m at a turning point. If I turn back now the past few months will have been for nothing. If someone can’t understand my journey, then they don’t have any business being on it with me. And so I pressed on.
So, if it’s this hard to “work from home” why would anyone want to do this? You might be asking yourself. Here are some of the reasons why someone would want to escape the concrete jungle of time constraints, rude customers, coffee IV’s and water cooler gossip.
Here are some reasons why someone would want to work at home, or need to.
#1 You aren’t building someone else’s dream. Everyday I worked for someone else, I swear a piece of myself died with every moment that went by. I was always dreaming of the things I really wanted to do. I felt like a rat in a cage.
#2 Less stress. More focus. You don’t have to worry about fitting in, dressing well, spending your hard earned money on office obligations like a cake for your bosses b-day or being suckered into buying Scentsy from a co-worker. No gossip queens and work cliques. No waking up at 5am for an hour commute, wasting more time driving than actually working, you have more time to *gasp* actually work. What a concept right? Don’t get me wrong, there’s still stress working from home, but you know it will not be in vain, you can see the bigger picture. Where will you be three to five years from now?
#3 Less expenses. If you stop and think about it. How much do you pay to work? Yes, jobs do cost money, it’s always the amount per month or the amount per hour we focus on when working a traditional job. But do you know how much out of that salary you are paying to be there? Food for thought. You have childcare if you have kids. In CA where I live it’s $100 a week per child so for me that’s $200 a week. You have to pay for gas for your commute. That could be a huge expense depending on how far you drive. Let’s assume $50 a week. You will want a Starbucks white mocha Frappacinno for a morning pick me up so $5 a day. Then there’s lunch, at least $5. So those two things that’s $50. Then you have work clothes and things like nails and hair, you have to look good right? Another maybe $100 a week. If you are working a job making $10 an hour you would really be bringing home, sadly, nearly nothing. You are basically working for free. Now this is assuming you are the secondary earner in the family. If you are a single parent there is help and assistance for child care which would make it a little easier.
#4 Health issues. Maybe you can’t work a traditional job right now. Maybe you can’t be reliable for a real job because of health problems. Maybe you are going through chemo or have a condition like lupus or fibromyalgia (I was diagnosed with this about five years ago) or you have chronic migraines. Maybe you can work, but need to at your own pace, around your symptoms or your appointments.
#5 You want to be there for your kids. For me I have a son with Autism who needs a lot of attention, help and support. For anyone that has a child with any kind of disability (I hate that word because it is more of a gift than a curse), you need to have a job with flexibility. My son has major tantrums, it is so hard to be on a traditional schedule with a child having Autism. You have to have the ability to go with the flow, my days are often directed by his moods. When I was working a normal job, there were many days I was late due to him not wanting to get ready and having tantrums. Having a child with Autism is no walk in the park, it’s a challenge and you have to work around their schedule.
#6 You have skills that don’t fit the traditional job mold. I live in an economically challenging area. The main industries to work in are retail and healthcare. If you are freelance writer, web designer or fashion designer, this is a problem in my area. If I lived in Seattle, L.A or New York it would not be a problem. When what you really want to do is rather unconventional, think about working online. You can start a store, you can write pretty much anywhere you live and as far as web designer jobs you can do that online as well, where ever you go. Create the job you want.
#7 You are on your own watch. No more getting up a 4am, no more watching the clock as it seems to get slower and slower the closer it is to five o’clock. You can now set you own schedule, schedule your appointments and errands around your own commitments. For me this is the main reason working from home works for me. I can take my son to school, I work around his school schedule and appointments. Therese my typical day. I get up and work a little before my kids wake up. Make breakfast, spend some time with the boys when they wake up. Take my oldest son to school, run my errands then come back, work some more. Then I pick him back up at 4 make dinner, clean up, do laundry, watch a program with the boys or some homework and activities. Then when they go to bed I work a little more. This works for me, I love having flexibility, it’s the number one thing I have to have in a job
#8 Ability to work a anywhere. Wanna take your laptop poolside and soak up some rays? Why not? Wanna sit on your deck with a nice cup of Joe and listen to the birds sing? Why not? You can work anywhere. This is the joy of working at home. Do you live in a very rural area with not much happening? Your only option to bring in income might be working from home.
#9 You can do what you love. Why not create the job of your dreams? What do you daydream about doing? Can you create a business out of that? Are you just going through the motions at your job, day by day, like a robot set on autopilot? It might be time to transition out of your mundane, boring job and into your new life.
#10 Creative freedom. Do you like to be in charge of the big decisions? Do you feel comfortable taking the lead on projects? I personally feel the most fulfilled when I’m able to express myself creatively, whether that be through writing, blogging, youtube videos or doing sewing fashions for my etsy shop. I love the ability to “color outside of the lines” and try new things. Entrepreneurship is all about learning and growing through trial and error, it’s also about taking big changes and seeing great rewards.
Has anyone read the book The Secret? Well I did years ago, but just recently am I putting it back into action in my life. You have to be happy and content in your life right now in order to bring in more. You have to think of your business as a great success and envision it wholeheartedly in order to manifest success. More on this whole concept later. I will update you to let you know how it’s working.
It’s after 1 am time for bed.