I am a SAHM, I am also a small business owner. I work from home mainly.
I am an artist. So my studio is in my home, and I can work anytime I need to. I have a lot of freedom in this. I do sell online, but I also have a booth at our Renaissance Faire and I also sell at 3 major cons in the area (and I’m expanding out into a few different states next year). So, there are a few weekends a year that I am out of my home working. But I ADORE it! I have always got to the Ren Faire as well as Cons, so now I just get PAID to go there and hang out. Total Win/Win situation for me. I love what I do.
There are a few disadvantages to working at home
A new amazing show has been added to Netflix. You NEED to binge it. (ok so I always binge shows while I work so that’s not really a problem for me). MiniMe wants to play chess. *text notfication* oooh Michaels just sent me a 50% off coupon. I’m really craving Carrabbas, lets go!
Your work is always there Staring at you
It’s hard to “clock out” when you work from home. I have 3 designated work spaces. My “outside” studio (my enclosed porch for my ceramic work), my kiln room, and my inside studio (the former dining room). Seeing as these spaces are in my home, every time I walk by one of these rooms I see a project, or new idea staring at me and I feel the need to work in it.
Friends and family
So often friends and family will pop by to visit or ask favors of you. They think “Oh she’s home all the time and has nothing better to do than come over and help me with my computer. Or babysit my kids. Or spend hours listening to my latest drama”. Ok maybe they don’t think those exact things, but those are the things they want from you.
There are SO many MORE advantages to working from home.
I CAN just pick up and run to Michaels when I get that coupon if I want to. I can take the day off if I want to. I can take a week off if I want to. I can go to the bathroom, have lunch, or take a nap at any time. I can stop in the middle of the day and take MiniMe on a field trip. I have the freedom to be creative.
Living with my chronic illnesses, I often have days where I can’t do a whole lot. Some days I can’t even get out of bed. Sometimes I have multiple doctors appointments in a week. I even have to be hospitalized sometimes. So it is very important to me that I can easily work around my health.
I am always here for my kids. Since I homeschool MiniMe I obviously have to be present everyday for that. But I am also able to run to the big girls schools if something happens, or chaperone a field trip, or volunteer or whatever. Or if someone is sick I am able to take them to the doctor, pick up prescriptions, and make sure they are comfortable set up with a movie, a snuggly blanket and a bowl of my amazing homemade chicken soup. I am available if my husband needs something from work (if it is during season) or of he is home we have so much time together.
I absolutely HATE having a “real” job. When I was able to work, I hated it, ok let me clarify I loved the actual work (in most cases), I hated the corporate BS, the asshole bosses, the lack of creativity, the uncaring management. I was utterly miserable! Now I LOVE what I do!
We can go on vacation whenever we want! Well, almost, we still have to work around the big kids school schedules. But that is it. If we want to go during Christmas we can. Most businesses don’t allow you to take time off during the holidays. But guess where we rang in the New Year this year? You guessed it! My favorite! The Happiest Place on Earth! DISNEYLAND!
What are your feelings on working from home? Did I forget anything?