I have been working from home for about three months now. It’s been exciting, overwhelming, stressful, and amazing all at the same time. This has been a dream of mine for a while now and while it has been really wonderful getting to make my dream a reality, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. I have learned a lot in these three short months and thought I would share with you what working from home is really like!
Some days it’s hard to stay motivated
The thing about working for yourself is there is really no one getting mad at you if you don’t do anything that day. I have deadlines, but some days it can be easy to push aside tasks I don’t feel like doing and save them for another day. In the beginning I was in the process of moving and furnishing my apartment became my main priority. I still got my work done, but I was either working 13 hours a day or not at all. I quickly learned that setting hours was far more important than I imagined.
Your friends might not respect your time but you have to put your foot down
When you work for yourself you have the freedom to create your own schedule. This can be amazing for the most part. For example, if something comes up on a Tuesday afternoon I have the ability to drop what I’m doing and then work a bit one night that week or on the weekend to make up for it. This can be helpful for blogger events or appointments, but as a creature of habit, I like to work through the week and have my weekends off. Especially in the beginning I found it hard to turn down plans mid-week during the day. My friends thought it was no big deal to rearrange my schedule so I could meet them for lunch or go shopping. Because I don’t really have anyone to answer to they can sometimes not take my work seriously. It’s been a bit of a struggle to balance everything, but by being firm things have started to improve.
You’ll probably work more than 40 hours a week
Working for yourself and making your own schedule is great, but I think a lot of people think that means you’ll spend less time working, which isn’t really the case. I’m starting my work day by 8 each day, take a 30 minute break between 8:30 and 9 to drive Cole to school, work again from 9 until 1, have lunch between 1 and 2 (though I usually work during that time too) and “finish up” by 5:30 to make dinner. That being said, I often spend my evenings and weekends planning new content and catching up on emails and other tasks. Really, I only spend a couple waking hours a day not working.
It won’t really feel like work, though
Despite working more than I ever have before, it doesn’t really feel like work because I love what I do. I’m so passionate about beauty and love to write, so really the days fly by. I feel very lucky that this is what I get to do, honestly.
It can be stressful sometimes
I sometimes work on tight deadlines, which can be stressful – especially when I have other projects on the go. Freelance writing isn’t guaranteed income, either which can be stressful at times. I get paid per contract in one lump sum as opposed to a steady paycheque. Sometimes this can be good, and sometimes it can be a bit stressful. But, it’s definitely taught me to manage my money better!
Overall, it is so rewarding
All in all, I really like working from home. I like making my own hours and working on projects that interest me. The fact that I can pay my bills from something I love is such a rewarding feeling. I’m honestly proud of myself for taking this leap!
Do you work from home too? Do you have any tips for me?