Having worked from home for a year now, I can be the first to tell you that I have experienced nearly all of the challenges that one can expect in this type of position.
My daily routine consists of waking up, feeding the pup (well, now pups, we adopted two more last weekend), working for a bit, taking a loooong lunch, getting back to work, then calling it quits for the day. Or some variation of that.
Here are the challenges I have found:
- Most People are on a Different Schedule - For example, my husband works a regular 9-5 job. When he comes home, most of the time he wants to relax. While I, on the other hand, have been home all day and am *dying* to get out and do something. I try to overcome this by getting out of my house for 2-4 hours a day. Sometimes I go to the gym, or shopping, or to a coffee shop to read for a bit.
- It's lonely - Omgosh is it lonely sometimes! Luckily, I've always had my 3 year old boxer, Horatio, to keep me company and his two new fur sisters came to live with us last week so I probably won't be feeling lonely any time soon. However, in case I am in need of some human interaction I did find a local MeetUp group for freelancers that meets Tuesday mornings for a few hours. I can't wait to attend my first Meetup and work with other people! I am also looking into a co-working space for 1-2 days a week.
- Tons of distractions - The biggest distraction being your cozy bed calling you from the next room, or that marathon of Law & Order: SVU that you noticed was on TV. It is so easy to get distracted from work in your own house. It's best to have space that is just for work, that way it is easy for you to concentrate.
- It's often hard to hold yourself accountable - This is especially true when you are a one person operation. It is hard to make and enforce deadlines when you are the only person you are accountable to. I was having a little bit of trouble with this, so I hired a virtual assistant. It's great because in order to have tasks and deadlines for my VA, I have to set them for myself as well. My VA holds me accountable to a certain degree.
- Separating Work from Home - As I mentioned earlier, it is hard to separate your workspace from your "home" space sometimes. The easiest way to do this is to convert a room or even a corner to your workspace. This way, you are in a work environment, and when you step away from it you're in a home environment. Need work space inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board.
Have a job usually presents itself with a set of challenges, but working from home comes with a whole unique set of challenges. With planning, they can definitely be avoided.