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When I first became self-employed, I was excited about the idea of being able to work from home. I’m sure the thought of being able to avoid a hectic daily commute, work in your pajamas, and perhaps even catch a daytime talk show sounds pretty appealing to most people.
A few weeks ago, I stopped working from home and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. I’m still running my online business but mainly from outside my home and I’ve been able to focus better and get a lot more done.
I realize that some entrepreneurs can be quite productive when working from home so I don’t want to generalize my results and assume they will be the same for everyone. However, my intent is to share just one point of view backed by some research and personal experience on my end, so you can make the best decision for you when it comes to self-employment and making the decision to work from home.
According to Gallup, 43% of US employees work remotely part or full time.
If you’re anything like me and you’re easily distracted throughout the day or feel like you’re not being your most productive self, here are a few reasons why you might not want to work from home when you’re self-employed.
Easier to Lose Momentum on Low Motivation Days
When you work from home, it’s much easier to lose momentum and slack off when you don’t feel motivated to work in the first place. I can’t even count how many times I’ve fallen down a YouTube rabbit hole or purposely dragged my feet on getting set up to work for the day.
Losing that precious time always came back to bite me later in the day.
Being self-motivated is key. But even then when you’re home alone, you’ll feel less accountable which makes it easy to lose your productive streak.
When I work outside of my home at places like a library or coffee shop, there’s still room to get distracted or slack off, but I’m not in the comfort of my own home so I can’t start watching T.V. or take a random nap.
It Can Get Boring
Working from home all by yourself can be quite boring and even have a negative effect on your social and communication skills. Believe it or not, it helps to interact with other people throughout the work day whether it’s colleagues, business owners, or the barista at Starbucks.
Having no one around to interact with aside from my cat most days left me feeling pretty bored and uninspired during the workday. As a result, I became easily distracted by even the smallest things and would take frequent breaks in an attempt to boost my energy.
Friends and Family May Not Understand
Ever since I became self-employed, I’ve found myself heavily defending my time against requests from family and friends. When you tell people that you work from home, they may automatically assume that it means you can …read more
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