My Typical Day
Unfortunately, the reality of how to make money working at home is not quite that easy. If you're thinking about working from home, let me tell you what a typical day is like for me, and you'll get a sense of what life is like in a home office.
My typical day begins at 5:30 just before waking up my oldest for middle school. While he's eating and getting ready, I often check emails and write out my to-do list for the day. When both of the boys are out the door I really get to work, usually by 8:30 am. I set out to write until about 3:00 when my oldest gets home from school. Unfortunately, the rest of the world does not see my to-do list as anything more than chicken scratch. So, here is a nice list of what gets in the way of the perfect afternoon between my computer and me:
- Phone calls from telemarketers; I did the do-not-call thing, maybe it is time to re-file my request. Thank goodness for caller ID, of course when it rings, the phone is no where to be found. So, I must first frantically run around to find it so I can find out if it's someone I don't have time to talk to.
- Oh look, I made a new friend on Facebook. I can't be rude and ignore them.
- The school calls to see if I can sub next week, of course I say "yes" and add it to my iCal.
- My brother calls and asks "What cha' doing?".... "I'm Working"....and he then goes on to explain how I can help him with his new website (for free of course). He really does not understand that I am indeed trying to make money working at home.
- The little old lady from some religious group is here again. I just can't be rude to her, and even though I have explained that I believe differently, she comes with her pamphlets and I politely listen for 10 minutes.
- I bought some great snacks at the grocery store yesterday and they are calling rather loudly from the kitchen.
- We are out of milk and bread, and if I don't go to the store now, I will have to go tonight. I hate grocery shopping at night.
- If I at least start the laundry, it will not pile up so quickly.
Once the boys are home, work time is over! We start homework, I start dinner, and mommy's taxi service is in full swing. Between the two of them, boxing lessons, baseball tryouts, and basketball practices take up five evenings a week. (Don't get me started on the weekends!) The hubby does do some of the driving and I may get some work squeezed in between 7:00-8:30. Normally, I get back to the computer by 9:30 and work until midnight. I think the toughest part of making money working at home is that it's always there, and if I happen to have any "free time", I think I should be at the computer working. I feel guilty just hanging out in the evenings or heading out for a bike ride, work is on the brain 24/7.
Don't get me wrong, I love working at home and would not give it up for anything. I wish it paid more at times, but the trade off is that my children don't have to go to any sort of child care and I am here when they get home from school. If you are looking at taking on a telecommuting position, there are things you can do to avoid the pitfalls mentioned above. We will look at those in part two of this series.