You hate your 9-to-5 job because like most people you are working longer hours than ever, you are doing trivial work with very little self gratification, your employer doesn’t really reward you for your hard work, wages seem to be going down and not up, there is no more job security, commuting is a hell, etc., etc. So you are looking to transition from job to work from home.
But do you know the hindrances to overcome to begin working from home and when you are really engaged in it? If you cannot handle these fetters, do you know that you are better off working for someone else?
You may find this declaration strange from someone who embraces self-employment. But just as I advocate working for yourself, it is my duty to let you know the pitfalls of doing so, so that you don’t quit your job tomorrow and find yourself the day after tomorrow looking for another job.
Although people working from home love what they do and feel very fortunate to be where they are, transitioning into this kind of activity does have its downsides too.
Although many people view the kind of lifestyle work-from-home people live as a “dream situation”, sometimes the perks are only in the eyes of the beholder. As with any human endeavor, there are hurdles and obstacles to overcome.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t transition from your 9-5 to self-employment, not in the least, but that you should beware of what awaits you. For forewarned is forearmed. And it definitely is better to stay in the frying pan than to jump into the fire.
Dealing with Scams
If you are going to work online, know that many people will try to scam you out of your hard-earned money.
Are you a gullible person or the one who has a sense of due diligence?
You need the second to handle situations involving scams. When you start to work online, you are so desperate to succeed that certain products and companies proposed to you seem like “wow, this is it to take me to the Promised Land.”
But be careful. It may only be a shiny object. And we know that not all that glitters is gold. So you must be ready to scrutinize offers carefully before getting involved in them. So many resources, like the Better Business Bureau and sites dedicated to exposing scams, exist to guide and protect you.
Your Flexible Schedule: Bane or Boon?
You work when you wish.
Wow, isn’t that wonderful? Yes it is, but there’s the rub.
The fact that you don’t have to wake up at a particular time, leave the house and still get your work done calls for discipline that sometimes can run you crazy.
Of course, the employee has to begin work at 9, slave it till 5 but after that usually they’re done for the day.
The self-employed person is not obliged to start at a fixed time but they have the business constantly on their mind. They are always checking emails and responding to some, they are writing new blog posts and posting them, they are posting to their social media platforms and interacting with customers there, they are creating videos and posting them to YouTube or Vimeo, they are creating products and handling inquiries and sales, they are following webinars and reading other matters, they are creating lists and managing them, they are…they are… Do you get the picture?
Sometimes I feel I need more than 24 hours in the day. Other times I’m sick to death of it but I keep going because I’ve come too far to stop. Besides, what work can be more interesting than the one you operate from your home for yourself?
I’ve had to jump out of bed sometimes because an idea I find genial has just entered my head and other times I lose sleep for a task which was taking longer than usual to be completed.
Instead of 9-to-5, you may find yourself working from odd hours in the morning to odd hours late at night, without break.
The discipline it takes to create a balance between not overworking yourself and not leaving a huge backlog of work is hard to maintain.
Of course, you can outsource some of your tasks. But this isn’t feasible until you are making really good money or unless you have lots of money to spend.
Corporate Ladder: Attractive or Repulsive?
When now Cloud Coach Ethan Waldman got hired by a fast growing company, he had regular performance reviews with his boss. This made him to run into a big challenge.
In effect the boss wanted to know what kind of management position he would like and how they could help develop him to get there in 3 years. But Ethan wasn’t interested in working his way up the corporate ladder. Right from the day he was hired, corporate career wasn’t Ethan’s cup of tea.
So after about a year of being asked that question, he told his boss he wanted to be working for himself in 3 years. And he did resign after 2 years.
Ethan thinks that 99% of the people doing 9-to-5 jobs are content and therefore aren’t making any effort to leave. But he believes that it’s possible to go against the current and make it upstream.
But if you are the type of person for whom the working world is set in stone, then leaving your day job to work from home could be a mistake.
You’re Disconnected from “Work Mode”
When you are working 9-to-5, you wake up early, take a shower, slip on clothes and you’re in “work mode” as you drive to work.
When you quit your job and work at home, you have none of these rituals to prepare you for work. You slide out of bed and still with your PJs on and yawning and stretching, head straight for the computer to check your mail.
It takes untold discipline to work from home where many things can keep you from being productive.
Take the morning, for example. Even if you have set yourself a schedule, the day you don’t feel like it, you can afford to have a lie in because there is no Sword of Damocles like being reprimanded or laid off hanging over your head. You may not be a potato couch but everyone has their favorite TV programs. While at work you wouldn’t think of watching a program during working hours, at home nothing stops you from shoving aside what you are engaged on and sprawl before the TV screen.
Working from home can be TOUGH, especially if don’t have a part of it really set up for a home office. If you work from the living room or a corner of your house not far from it—the TV, the dog, your family and even friends and can be a nuisance.
Settling a Weighty Problem Prior
Even though she brought in more than 2/3rds of the family’s total income of $130,000 a year, and she and her husband had a total debt of $70,040, Jaime decided to quit her job and become a stay-at-home mom.
Crazy, ain’t it?
On the surface, yes.
But Jaime wanted to start a family and also work from home part time. But she knew she couldn’t juggle two things at once, that is, be a stay-at-home-mom and pay off that big debt on their hands. So the first step was to be free of debt.
And that is what they did.
Eager to know how? Click on the link below to see the draconian measures Jaime and her husband took to clear off that debt so that she could quit her day job and become a stay at home mom to their beautiful boy.
How I Paid Off Over $70,000 in Debt and Quit My Job
The lesson of Jaime’s story? You can’t have your cake and eat it.
You Are Your Own Decision-maker
Working 9-to-5, decisions come from the top and you execute them. Should you get stuck, you have a co-worker or your boss to refer to and a solution could be found for you.
But when you begin to work for yourself, you have to make your own decisions. As anyone who works from home will attest, there come times when you get confounded, and that is when you’d wish there was someone around to point you in the right direction.
If the problem wasn’t a weighty one, maybe you could find the answer through Google search or ask members in a social community you belong to.
But matters become a little more complicated when it comes to legal or tax type decisions, for example. These are not matters to be trifled with, and if you cannot handle the little more weight involved in taking such decisions as a business owner, then this can be stressful indeed.
Of course, you can refer to a specialist against the payment of a fee. But the final decision will still be yours. And if you are the indecisive type, then working from home may not be right for you.
Can You Be Passionate About Your Work From Home?
The same way you wouldn’t leave your spouse to marry someone you don’t love, you wouldn’t quit the day job you’re passionate about to embrace a work-from-home one just because you want to work for yourself, would you?
Take Jaime from Settling a Weighty Problem Prior section above. She was a Project Manager for a Video on Demand company. She had an IT degree but computers were not her passion so she didn’t feel good helping people watch more TV.
Months of searching brought her to coaching. She really enjoyed business coaching because she loves being able to help businesses generate more revenue, and grow.
Imagine if Jaime was to do the opposite? The result would have been catastrophic.
So, what are you passionate about? That should form the basis of your online career.
You Don’t Have the Companionship of Fellow Employees
When working 9-to-5, you share common goals with people you are working with and develop relationships beyond work. You can share a joke, happy moments and sorrows and encourage each other to get the work through.
At home, it’s just you. Period. Of course, you may have a soul mate but that does not replace the “warm office atmosphere” and working together as a team. So you’ll miss taking breaks together, learning from others and teaching others. You’ll have friends on Facebook and other social media and even chat with them on Skype, but virtual reality can’t compare with the real thing.
No More Employee Benefits
When working 9-to-5 you take employee benefits like Medical, dental and a 401(k) with employer match for granted. All you have to do is opt-in to the health care program or check a box for your 401(k) and the HR department took over from there. Other matters like paid vacations, company outings, free lunches, possibly paying for continued education, etc. complete the bargain.
You have to take care of all of these when you work from home. This can be overwhelming in terms of work and cost.
N.B.: Now that you are aware of some of the things you might face if you choose to start your own home business, I hope you can decide how to address them in your own quest.
Do you hate getting up in the morning to work 9-5, but feel excited about doing so when you start working from home? Do you hate Sunday nights because they precede Monday mornings but look forward eagerly to Friday evenings because it is the beginning of the weekend but think you would feel differently about them if you worked online? Do you just count the time before you had to go to your 9-to-5 work again but think it wouldn’t be the same with self-employment? Do you constantly tell people how much you hate your job and think it would be beautiful to quit your job and work from home? Then probably working from home is your logical choice.
Jaime said she could have been a millionaire much faster with her 9-to-5 job but she would have been a pretty miserable millionaire.
Do you have these feelings too about your 9-to-5 and your dream work-from-home job?
If you worked your 9-to-5 at a job you hated but became a millionaire before you died, and if you worked from home doing what you love and died before you could have become a millionaire, which would you have considered life wasted and which life well worth every second?
Happily go to the comment box below and let the world know.
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