Work-from-Home Myths and Facts
There are a lot of myths perpetuated by some unscrupulous people about working from home. It’s important before you embark on a search for a work-from-home opportunity that you understand these myths so you can avoid falling into these traps.
1) “You can work anywhere whenever you want to”
While this sounds wonderful, and sometimes it’s true, for the most part you will have deadlines, and if you miss them you will lose the client. Therefore you must be aware of what your clients’ needs are. Plus, if you rely on the internet to work, be aware that sometimes the net goes down and you need to know what to do in a situation like that. You can buy a hotspot to help you connect to the internet, but at times that doesn’t work either. You need to always be prepared for these situations.
2) “You’ll never need childcare again”
It is true that you can find jobs and contract positions that enable you to work around your children’s naps, but if you can’t count on naptime, you may be in for some trouble working enough billable hours. You may need to hire someone to help you with your children or arrange to swap with your partner or another mom. You can also form a childcare co-op in which you all earn points when you swap childcare to “pay” for the childcare fairly.
3) “You can work only four hours a week and make a full-time living”
While there are some case studies of people who have eventually arranged their life in this manner, when you first start out you’ll need to work a lot of hours – maybe more than you ever have at a job. But, it will be worth it if you have goals, and are working toward building something amazing for you and your family.
4) “Not having to leave the house to work is always wonderful”
While it might seem like a dream right now, the truth is, many people who work from home actually start feeling a little claustrophobic after a while. It’s important to put a plan in place for this fact. Plan to go to live events, get outside and walk for a break, and stick to a work schedule so that you have plenty of free time.
5) “You can’t earn the same amount of money at home that you will at a job”
Actually, you can make much more working at home than you will at a job. The reason is that there are built-in savings in terms of travel, clothing and so forth. But, you can also make less if you’re not careful with making sure that you work enough billable hours. If you’re not self-motivated to put in the time, this can be a problem for some.
While these myths are common in the work-at-home arena, the fact is there is some truth in each myth. You can work when and where you want, if you plan in advance to make it work. However, you still need to work enough billable hours to meet your obligations. You can also choose who you work with, what services you perform, and much about your day, but you must put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into working from home. It is not the same as sitting on the beach all day. It is work.