Let's Be Honest: The Truth About Working From Home
Are you considering working from home, but aren't sure if it's the right move? Do you live outside of North America, and struggle to find legitimate opportunities? Maybe you have already taken the plunge, or have been pushed into it, leaving you lost as to where to begin or how to earn a sustainable income. If this is you, then you may want to grab a cup of coffee, and get comfortable as today we are going to explore the truth about working from home.
The idea of working from home has evolved tremendously over the past few years, however, the more conversations I have with the people outside of the environment, the more I find common misconceptions. I have also found these misconceptions are worst when you venture outside of North America. So, I decided to make my first post an introduction to working from home so that people who have never actually seen success from home or even never tried it can get a better understanding of 3 common misconceptions I have found.
Let's dive in, shall we?
1: Working from Home Means You Can Lay in Bed All Day
One of the most common misconceptions about working from home is that you won't actually be working. Now, there is no hard and fast rule that says you actually have to do any work when you work at home. But, if earning a sustainable income is your end goal, there is a large possibility that this won't be your truth.
"But Deidre, I thought working from home meant that I would have time to kiki with my friends all day."
I'm sorry to burst your bubble but working from home, dare I say it, will require more work to be successful than simply heading to an office for an ordinary 9 to 5. This is especially true for when you are just starting out, as this is often when you will have to do a lot of research, budgeting, and planning to ensure you don't starve to death in the upcoming year. So, if you were thinking of working from home to take a load off, or vacay from hard work, you may want to reconsider.
What is even worse about this misconception is that there are also going to be people from the outside looking in, who will also assume that you are simply jobless, a scam artist (I'm Jamaican, believe me, it happens), or offering them a cry for them to try and 'fix you' by getting you a 'real' job. I can hear you yelling that the screen now saying that will never happen to you. I assure you, even if you believe that you have thick skin and so this won't affect you, it most likely will. There is something that flips in you when you realize that the judgment is coming from the people closest to you. It will begin to wear on you. After all, you are only human ... I hope.
So, what do you do to combat this misconception if you currently work at home or are thinking about starting?
There is, unfortunately, no clear cut way to combat this. You can, however, take a simple step that will not only build your own confidence in your new venture but also slightly silence the people around you. How you may ask. It's simple, really. Tell people what you are doing! Mind-blowing, I know.
"But Deidre, I'm a really private person."
Before you get all 'Looney Tunes' on me, let me clarify. I'm not saying that you have to go shouting all your business from a mountain top unless of course, that's what you are into, if so, then more power to you. What I meant was that transparency builds trust, so tell your inner circle what you will actually be doing at home. Now that also means letting them know if you have no clue as yet what that will be. There is nothing wrong with saying "I won't be available between the hours of 10 & 2 for the rest of the week as I will be brainstorming what I really want to do with my life." That way, the people around you know you haven't gone M.I.A. to rob a bank, at least I hope you didn't. Plus you've gently let them know not to bug you in your working hours.
2. Working from Home Means You Have A Flexible Schedule
Now I know what you are thinking, so let me clear it up. YES, working from home can POTENTIALLY offer you a flexible schedule, however, this is often times not the case when you are just starting out. This will depend largely on the nature of the job you end up doing. If you wind up working for a company in a remote position, you may be required to work set hours or a specific number of hours of your choosing each week.
There are also jobs that assign you a number of tasks to complete within a certain time frame. Of course, the latter option will allow you a bit more flexibility, however, you may still end up working more hours than you may have initially intended to get your tasks completed successfully. Until you know the nature of what you will be doing for sure, you never want to assume that working from home will mean you can stop and go as you please.
3. Working from Home is Only for People in America
Being from Jamaica, I can easily see how this misconception continues to gain life. Let's get it out the way and just say it. There is indeed a lot of Work From Home Opportunities that are only open US citizens. That does not mean, however, that if you live outside the states you will never be able to earn a sustainable income from home. To be honest with you, there are still quite a few ways you can earn, regardless of where you are in the world. It will take a bit more research and effort, but it is definitely 100% possible.
If you happen to be an aspiring writer seeking to gain financial freedom from your writing, your journey is about to become far easier. This blog will be focused solely on giving you tips, tricks and even tutorials on the variety of methods you can take to spin your writing into dollars. We will dive into life as a freelance writer, tips for aspiring authors, writing tips, publishing tips, and so much more. Think of this as your personal Writer's Corner. I will be transferring all the knowledge I have learned over my 13 years of writing experience as a freelancer both in the Non-Fiction and Fiction branches of the industry.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the post, as well as, aim to answer any questions you may have about the writing process, earning from your writing, freelancing platforms, or anything else that comes to your mind. So, drop me a comment below to let me know if you have questions, as well as any topics you may be struggling with along your writing journey. I will be taking all your comments into consideration and will even create detailed posts about the common topics that readers bring up in the comments. I will be releasing posts once per week for now so be sure to subscribe to my mailing list to be notified the moment a new post is released. You never know, the next post may just be dedicated to your question.
Keep an eye out for The Hunt - An Interracial Romance, as it will be releasing very soon, and remember that the only way to succeed is to challenge yourself until the very end and believe you can achieve it.
Until next time, walk good.