The Perth and District Chamber of Commerce recently asked me to host a workshop next month at its home-based business symposium.
Apparently they figure I have some answers to this tricky question. I launched my home-based business 3.5 years ago and since that time, I’ve had a baby and there’s another one on the way. So I’ve definitely learned what works, what doesn’t work and what I still struggle with when working from my home office.
Staying motivated when working from home is both challenging and cathartic.
Let’s take a look at the pros of working from home:
- You can set your own hours
- You can work in your pajamas (I’m currently sporting leg tights, a sweatshirt, no make up and a ponytail)
- You have the flexibility to pick up/drop off your children at daycare/school
- You can always put work aside for any emergencies that arise (e.g., sick kid at daycare)
- You don’t have to pack a lunch
- You’re your own boss
Now, here’s a look at the challenges:
- You can never leave work: the laptop will always be waiting for you, and you can’t escape work as easily if you left the office for the day.
- It’s so hard to balance out work and home life: If there’s a pile of laundry waiting for you, it’s tough to switch off from home mode to work mode (and vice versa). In fact, because I’m nearing the second baby’s arrival, all I want to do is get the house prepared for when that time comes. Instead, I have to stay focused on getting my work done before I actually go off on maternity leave.
- Naps don’t always work out: If you plan to hammer out some work during naptime, it’s usually when the little one won’t go down or you’re so exhausted that you need some down time, too!
- It’s easy to get distracted. This point correlates with point #2, but it’s true. I mean, there is no one watching over your shoulder to tell…..oh, wait! A ScaryMommy article on why “Me Time” after having kids is a load of garbage.
Similar to any other job, there are good and bad things associated with working from home.
As I continue to brainstorm how I’ll craft this workshop together, I’d love to hear from you:
How do you stay motivated if you work from home? If you don’t work from home, how do you stay motivated/on task while at the office?