Updated: May 12
Is your goal to fire your boss and set your own schedule? There are a few real challenges, that if you're honest with yourself, and watch for the potential 'intruders or distractors', you'll manage the transition to being in your home office easily. Having a home office now for over a dozen years, it's alot easier these days. I say that because I've gone from house full of teenagers & husband, to empty nest and a hubby that works away from home.
People used to say how sad for me, that Larry worked away from home. In the beginning, I did feel a bit sorry for myself. I got over that fairly soon on as our patterns of work evolved. When he came home, I pretty well got nothing done! Don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming him for all the interruptions. I love hanging out with Larry, we have so much fun, so many similar interests. That's part of the challenge. The more I worked from home, the more I had to find a system for myself or this wasn't going to work.
It was tolerable when I worked the 9-5- I'll chat about that in a minute- it's a completely different dynamic when you've got your own deadlines and clients. When you go to a brick & mortar job, the very act is more tangible. The home office
seems a more fluid space, not so believable for some or yourself, that you're 'working'. I've always worked, I love what I do. So it really surprised me when the first time I heard from a relative, in a conversation "Well you really don't have a job do you. You work from home!?" Can you relate? I wasn't insulted, it confused me as to why they would say that. I think more in the past, home offices weren't taken as seriously. Automation and all
the very kool apps that make working from anywhere, have made the unbelievable, so possible. In any given day I connect with 3 to 5 different time zones and maybe 3 different countries, and often face to face. How fabulous is that? Working for yourself, setting your own hours, creating your own profit is alot more work, for you, than if you just punch a time clock. The benefits far outweigh the downside of building someone else's empire. There is catch. If you're not running it like a business, it's a hobby. And that's ok if you want a hobby, so call it that. My point is, that in a time of so much informality in the business arena, it can down grade the quality of service and the experience for the customer. Being too casual is easily turning into unprofessional. I am the first to admit, I like formality. That's why I always ask others, especially younger than me, to see if it's more than my opinion. Because I love to goof off with hubby, I needed a structure, discipline, to stay on top of my game. Especially as I was starting. Actually I'll rephrase that, I recognize that structure and discipline continue to empower me, as I grow my business. If you're slack in your (home) office hours, or make it so casual that it's almost discounted, your clients will feel that too. You don't have to be in your physical home office to operate your business either. Do carry your earbuds for calls when you're out & about. I have a policy with myself that the call goes to my answering machine if I don't have my earbuds with me. I completely dislike it when I have to listen to someone else's conversation when I'm wanting to enjoy my time in a market or my favorite store. Even if it's Home Depot! So I won't do it to anyone else. What are your thoughts?
Have an amazing & productive day. Lorrel