Thursday, November 15, 2012

SARA HUMPHREYS: Pros & Cons of Working From Home

Working from home is actual work and has its own set of challenges. Up until four months ago, I held down a full-time job outside the home. I’d been juggling the day job, a growing writing career, four sons, a marriage and the house stuff for the past several years. After many soul-searching (and bank account scrutinizing) conversations, my husband and I came to the conclusion that I would become fully self-employed and work from home.

Whooo hoooo! No more being at the mercy of someone else’s timetable. No more late night events or weekend command performances.

No more steady paycheck. Wait. That one isn't as fun.

There are sacrifices being made in order to pursue this self-employed career path but it’s worth it.  The only problem is that when people hear that you work from home, you can tell that some of them don’t think it’s actually work.

Not true.

I work every day and while I’m not at the mercy of someone else’s day to day schedule, I am still on deadlines. I still have responsibilities to meet. One benefit of working from home is that I don’t have a “boss” looking over my shoulder. That’s nice. The challenge is that I have to kick my own ass and be more disciplined than I’ve ever had to be before.

The temptation to fiddle around on the net, or read a great book or watch a great movie on television is always lurking around the corner. Don’t get me wrong there are days when I will do one of those things but that only means more work the next day.

One of the other challenges working from home is that when my kids get a day off, then I have to take the day off of work. I have discovered that I get a whole lot of nothing done when they’re home from school but that’s way it should be. One of the major reasons we pulled the trigger on this life change was so that I could be fully available for my boys. So if they have the day off then that day turns into a non-work day for me and that means double the work the next day.

You’ll get no complaints from me about this gig.  The advantages far outweigh the challenges.  Here are my favorites.

·         I make my own schedule.
·         I don’t have to get gussied up for work and can stay in my gym clothes all day if I want to.
·         I do something I’m passionate about and work hard at it every day.
·         I’m more accessible for my children and what they need.
·         I’m happy.
·         I’m a lucky woman.

  • How about you? What are the pros and cons of your job?


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Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. 

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~Sia McKye~ said...

Sara, glad you could visit us Over Coffee with Untamed (very good book, btw and I loved the counsel scene).

I do work from home. I love the commute, lol! Don't love the boys forgetting that I'm working and usually on the phone as they crash bam around the kitchen (my office is a room off the kitchen). Nor do I like the comments, 'but you were home all day, how come this or that wasn't done'? *eyeroll* Yah, I was home but I was leased to my computer and phone working!

Tonya Kappes said...

Oh, this came at a timely moment. Recently I made my full-time day job my part-time job and writing my full-time job. I have noticed that if I don't lock myself in my office I will do housework or run outside when I see a neighbor out. I have made a writing schedule along with deadlines that is posted on my calendar. That has also helped a lot!

Jo said...

I like the idea of not having to dress up if you don't want to. I can imagine the comments, no-one seems to appreciate that working at home is still working.

Where do you get all those coffee pix Sia?

Laura Eno said...

At least you make it out of your pajamas and into gym clothes. :)

I was much more organized about getting things done when I had a full-time job. You're right about the pull of the internet being a time suck!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pros of my job - I can blog from work! And watch movies.

~Sia McKye~ said...

JO-some are my pictures and some are wikimedia.

Sara Humphreys said...

Sia--Thanks for having me here today! There are days when no housework gets done but I write a ton...I have a love/hate relationship with that.

Sara Humphreys said...

Tonya--CONGRATULATIONS!!! I find keeping a schedule very helpful too.

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi JO--It is a luxury not to have to do the hair and makeup every day but sometimes I feel frumpy and force myself to put some makeup on.

Sara Humphreys said...

Laura--The internet is the single biggest distraction. Well...Word With Friends too.

Sara Humphreys said...


Johanna Garth said...

I work from home too and love it for all the same reasons you listed...and find all the same challenges you listed too. :)

Tamara said...

Isn't it nice to stay in jammies all day? But SO hard to get motivated sometimes. haha. I should really be cleaning my house right now!!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Tamara, what's this housework you mention? lol! I'm still getting this new schedule down so while I do clean house, priority is my contract right now.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Sara, I find I do better if I get dressed every day and while I don't put on makeup--yay--I do have a slew of maxi skirts and tees to wear. At least I feel professional. It helps me with the mindset.

I haven't been able to get back to my writing just yet--I'm working on it.

Kat Sheridan said...

Just what I needed, when I need it. I like no longer having a day job (well, except for that paycheck thing!) but I am the absolute worst at having self discipline. That's one reason I'm doing NaNo this month--to get in the habit of writing every day. But no way am I giving up wearing shorts and tees!