When you work from home, everyone thinks you have time for everything besides work. You can chat, run an errand, babysit, volunteer to bake for a friend’s upcoming dinner – anything, because you work from home.
The phone will ring and you say “I have to get back to work” and the person on the other end laughs and keeps on talking. They know there is no time clock for you. They do not get the idea of deadlines. After all, you do work from home.
The doorbell rings and even though you know better than to answer it, they see your car in the driveway and continue to ring the bell or worse, bang loudly on the door itself, so grudgingly you welcome them in for a quick chat.
Kids will come into the room with the most inane questions or comments. It seems as if they never want to talk until you say “I have work to do.” They are easy though, just mention chores and they find a way to leave you alone.
The pets will make a mess that can’t wait to be cleaned up, the kids are hungry, the laundry basket grows fuller, the kitchen sink is full, the floors need attention from the vacuum, and the dust just keeps piling up.
So why do we work from home?
Because we can make our own hours? There is nothing to make – the clock gives us 24 hours in a day, and sometimes we use them all and then some not to mention 7 days a week.
Because we can be with the family more? Yeah, when they constantly interrupt with questions, because they are nowhere to be found when the work is done and the chores are next on the list. And scheduling a family hour is just as hard sometimes as scheduling a week of vacation.
Because we can concentrate better? Have you read above?
Actually, in my world, I work from home (actually let’s get this straight, most of us have an office within our home – yes it makes a difference) because I can be home for my family and friends, for the chores that need to be done, and for my pets, as well as the work that must be done for my clients.
I work from home because I can work 24 hours in a day if I wish, or 17, or 8 or even 2 depending on the workload. Being available longer hours increases my chances of being able to help others, and in the long run, we all win. I work from home because I can take care of business, take care of my family and take care of myself much better even with the added stress, longer hours, and many interruptions.
Lastly, I work from home because I find that I can learn more, do more and love it more when I am in the office I designed, organized just how I like it, and able to have those distractions to remind me that there are reasons why I work at all. And the best part is the dress code!!!
I love what I do but it is not just what I do, it is who I am.
I am proud to be a mom, friend, sister. I am proud to say that I am a US Transcription Company owner, transcriptionist, educator, and mentor with a home-based office. I love the work I do for the journalist, writer, doctor, and corporation – from their most difficult audio to their voice mails to their conversion of PDF to WORD documents. Those that work in a conventional office or those that like me that find working at home a way of life. Feel free to bang on my door anytime. Coffee is always on.