Last Updated on March 6, 2021 by Ellen
Have you thought about the pitfalls of working at home? Having a home-based job is a dream for many women, but it’s not without pitfalls if you aren’t careful.
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Like any other job, there are good things and bad things you need to consider about working at home. If you’ve never been self-employed before, you may not have thought about the unique qualities it takes to be successful.
Pitfalls of Working at Home
When I worked in an office for someone else, I had a set routine. I had to be somewhere at a set time, complete specific tasks that were expected of me, and live up to someone else’s expectations. Some days, that was a good thing. Other days, not so much. Now that I work for myself, I can do whatever I want to, right? Well, maybe but is that a good thing? Here are a few things to consider.
One of the best things about working at home is that you can set your own hours. This is convenient if you have small children at home or just don’t want to be tied down to a set schedule. It also means that you need to have the self-control to make yourself put in the necessary time to be successful. Yes, you can work one hour a day if you want to. But, will that pay your bills?
It’s easier to be productive when you have a boss that’s forcing you to meet a deadline. If you work for yourself, you are your own boss. You need to be able to set your own deadlines and then stick to them. It can be tempting to spend the day on the couch in your pajamas, but it’s pretty doubtful you’ll be that productive there. Have a set routine and get dressed each day just like you were going to the office. Have a plan and make sure that you stick to it as much as possible.
When I worked in an office, I had my own office with a door that I could shut. People knew not to disturb me when the door was closed. Now that I work at home, my office is in the living room, and I don’t have a door. The kids, my husband, the cats, the doorbell and any number of other things disrupt my concentration each day. It can be a challenge to focus sometimes. Be sure that you can handle the disruptions and still get your work done.
No Sick Days
While you can certainly take the day off when you work for yourself, for the most part, you don’t get paid for it. So vacations are great and sick days are fine, but don’t expect to earn what you would if you were working. You also have to consider the lack of paid vacations, loss of insurance, and no retirement plans. You can certainly set those things up for yourself, but they won’t be paid for in part by your employer any longer.
When I go “to the office” as a work-at-home mom, there are no other adults for me to interact with except my husband. Unlike a job working for someone else, there are fewer networking opportunities. Of course, you can always look for other entrepreneurs that are self-employed in the community, but it will take more effort on your part. Based on Grace Lever reviews, you may want to check out the helpful tips offered by Grace Lever.
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20 thoughts on “5 Pitfalls of Working at Home You Should Avoid”
I quit my cozy full time job in January but I’ve yet to venture into the reason why I quit my job. I am terrified that I won’t be able to make ends meet, it stresses me out so bad. So I have decided to launch again in January 2018. Hah I will keep a look out for these though.
You can do it, Leslie! It does take some adjusting to but it’s totally worth it.
I know a lot of nurses that are giving up the bedside role and working from home for insurance companies. I cannot imagine doing this. I know myself too well and I already have trouble checking my email at home, let alone doing a job. I would love to never leave the confines of my home but I know I’d struggle in this situation.
It can be a challenge for some.
I know working from home has a lot of obstacles to overcome. Having a home office too close to the kitchen has always been a distraction for me
I’m sure it would be!
Thanks for sharing these tips. They all make sense.
Glad to share!
I don’t think I could stay committed enough to work at home. I’d be too easily distracted.
It can be a challenge!
This is so true. I find myself making myself available to people when I should not just vecause I work at home.
It can be a challenge!
I have considered working from home before I became disabled, and I had some things like those you have listed that would have stopped me from working from home. The main one was not having a room with a door to shut everyone out, for privacy while “at” work. The one that you brought up that I did not think about was no sick days, that is something that I would have an issue with because it does not matter if you work at home or in an office, everyone deserves to have sick days. Thank you for sharing!
Glad to help, Vikki!
I like these tips! Good for helping to keep things on track. Thank you!
You’re very welcome!
good article…i have always wanted to work from home
It can be a great choice!
My husband has worked out of our home for many years so this gave me a perspective on what can be a struggle for him!! Thanks!
Glad to help!