- For this week’s Because I Said So, MommaDJane and I are going to discuss: the difference between Work From Home and Work Outside of the Home and what our preference.
I have done both work from home and work away from home.Â Each has plenty of pluses and minuses.Â When I was unemployed, I did contract work out of the house.Â Never again!Â My wife and I now know that for me to work, it would be better if I left the house.
As much as we enjoyed being around each other for three months, I am more productive out of the house.Â There are all sorts of articles written about how to succeed working from home and they all suggest having a separate space with a door that closes.Â I 100% agree.Â I made the mistake of trying to freelance from the recliner.
I love spending time around my family.Â I loved being able to take breaks and being available to take my daughter to school.Â I loved the ability to watch T.V. and work at the same time.Â All that was great but if I am being honest, it caused more problems then it was worth.
I had/have a hard time turning work off.Â I need a physical separation (i.e. location) from work.Â I was checking email at all hours.Â I was working randomly and always behind.Â Rushing to meet deadlines.Â On top of all that, I was not having anytime with my family.
As much as I would love to work for myself or work from home, I don’t think it is for me.Â That is not to say if the opportunity ever arose again that I would not be open to it.Â I would just have to follow some rules.
- Have my own space with a door that I could close.
- Keep hours.Â Work from 8a-4:30p with an hour for lunch.
- No freelancing from the recliner.
Right now, I work outside the home and love it.Â I love the people I know at work and the friendships I am developing.Â I love the friendships that I maintain from my previous jobs.Â Heck, I met my wife at work.Â All that because I worked outside the house.Â Â I love that I can leave work and turn it off.Â To be fair, I sometimes have a hard time leaving work once I a there but I chalk that up to being new in position and wanting to succeed.
All in all you kind of have to figure out what works best for you.Â Weigh the pros and cons and figure out what you want.Â Each one comes with sacrifices, you just have to decide which one is the best fit for you.
Have you ever worked from home?Â Do you wish you did?Â Do you work out of the house?Â Have you done both?Â Which way works for you?
I know MommaDJane has done both, I am going to check out what she has to say about it all.Â Why don’t you join me?
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