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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Working From Home Is Easy, Right?

It's not easy working from home. In some respects, it's harder to work from a home office than to get up, make yourself pretty, fight rush-hour traffic, and slave away for someone else.

The typical response to my comment above from someone who has never worked from home is, "Yeah, right. I'm sure it's a heavy burden for you to bear, knocking around in your pajamas half the day with a constant supply of decent coffee from your own kitchen." An incredulously quirked eyebrow and sneering tone of voice always accompanies that statement.

Try setting up a cot in your nice corporate office or cubicle. Live and work there 24/7. Frightening thought, isn't it? But wait! There's more. Imagine your boss demanding you clean the office and prepare meals for your coworkers. And forget going shopping with the girls or playing pool with the guys. You have to finish the office accounting, drop off and pick up everyone's dry cleaning, and help the research department complete their reports. You live there and have the time. Right?

This is the situation those of us who work from home find ourselves in constantly. We administer our home business, be it freelance work or product driven. Then, we clean the house, do the laundry, pay the bills, cook meals, help the kids with homework, etc. In effect, we have two jobs and zero downtime.

The entrepreneur who works from home typically spends twelve hours or more per day, even on weekends, building/administering his or her business, while running the household and without a vacation. He/she rarely has time for friends, socializing only for the sake of business networking opportunities. Success or failure rests squarely on the entrepreneur's shoulders, and focus, dedication, and perseverance are the three words this person lives by. Effective time-management techniques are eagerly sought after, applied, and continuously honed in the flux of everyday life and business related pursuits.

In short, the home-based entrepreneur is a classic example of self-applied tough love.

In general, folks who work from home consistently exhaust themselves emotionally and physically for their business and family while ignoring personal needs. Downtime for the sake of rejuvenating and pampering one's self is essential. Are the entrepreneurs listening? I repeat. Downtime for the sake of rejuvenating and pampering one's self is essential. Got it?

Focus, dedication, and perseverance aren't the only qualities one needs for success. A positive attitude needs to be thrown into the mix. How can one maintain a positive attitude if he or she is burned out physically and emotionally? So, set aside time for yourself every week. Whether for a couple of hours or a whole day, pamper yourself and enjoy life outside of work. Let the house remain messy. Set your business on autopilot for a few hours.

Explore a new type of self-applied tough love.

Put yourself in time-out!

Copyright 2005 by Karen Campbell – Questions, Comments: klynn @ kendralynn.com

Karen Campbell is a freelance writer and the owner of http://www.kendralynn.com, an original fiction and fan fiction archive with numerous writing resources. She is also an affiliate of the DirectMatches business networking community located at http://www.directmatches.us and is committed to building a network of work-from-home professionals for knowledge sharing, support, and socializing.

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