Those of us working from home for a living can readily attest that it isn’t sunshine and roses or fairy tales and pixie dust all the time.
In fact, people working from home work extremely hard.
However people who work at a 9-5 job don’t often perceive people working from home as having a “real job” and think it’s a lot like not working at all.
After encountering one person after another who thinks that your job is a joke, it can get annoying and frustrating trying to explain that you do, in fact, work for a living, and you may even work harder than they do.
So how do you deal with people who think that working from home isn’t a real job?
1. Don’t be afraid to say no – While you’re lucky enough that you’re not confined to a 9-5 schedule, be careful that you don’t allow people to walk all over you.
Don’t comply every time someone asks you to run an errand or take time out of your day for them simply because you work from home and have a flexible schedule. Stress that just because you may not have an outside job, you still have deadlines to meet and you can’t drop everything to run errands for them. Just say no.
2. Set a schedule and turn your phone off – When people know you’re at home, they have a tendency to stop by unexpectedly, call and want to chat, or just assume you’re available any time of the day.
Set specific hours that you’re going to get work done (it doesn’t have to be a solid 8 hours, it may just be a few hours in the morning or afternoon) and then turn off your phone. That way you aren’t distracted and you can work uninterrupted for a few hours.
3. Give people the benefit of the doubt – When you’re questioned whether or not you have a real job or not it’s usually out of sheer ignorance. Instead of getting angry, simply explain that your business is multifaceted. You are responsible for accounting, invoicing, marketing, making deadlines and bringing in new business.
It’s a big job!
4. Don’t hesitate to explain a typical work day – Many people don’t realize that those who work at home don’t just work 40 hours a week, they usually end up working far more than that. When people scoff at your job, don’t hesitate to let them know that you often end up working nights and weekends as well, and that when they leave the office at the end of the day you’re still “on-call” for your business.
Often time, questions that come up on the validity of working from home are sometimes born out of jealousy that you have a more flexible schedule. It may be frustrating to deal with people questioning your career choice and making assumptions about what you actually do with your time, but rest assured that you’re likely doing your job out of passion, which is something many people would love to be doing themselves.
Guest post submitted by Christine Kane from internet service providers, she is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com.