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Jan 20 2011

The Five Toughest Challenges of Working From Home

Published by at 7:20 am under Editorial

I’ve been working from home since July of 2008 and I’ll never forget how it all started.  I lived in a one bedroom apartment with my then fiance, now wife, and I have to say it wasn’t all that easy.  I mean I had to do all my working during the day in the same room we called our living room.  That was probably the biggest challenge at the time.

Now I live in a home and there’s a lot more room.  However, that doesn’t mean that working from home doesn’t have it’s challenges.  In fact it’s extremely challenging.

Here are five obstacles you must overcome when working at home….

Motivation


The hardest thing to do when you first start working at home is to motivate yourself.  There’s no one there to push you.  There’s no one there to set your schedule.  You’re all alone.  You either sink or swim.  To me, motivation comes from my dream of growing my company to the biggest size it can be.  Whatever form of motivation you need, you gotta harness it as best you can.

Managing Time


I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve been printing out a daily schedule every single day for over 2 years.  I don’t stop my day until I’ve run through the entire check list.  You really have to learn to stick to your schedule otherwise you get distracted way too easily.  It’s easier said than done.

Handling Distractions


Sometimes it’s not easy working when I know there’s a pool a mere 2 minutes away.  It’s not easy when I could simply switch on the television and watch a movie.  Hell I could do anything.  Like anything else, it requires discipline to sit in your office and crank out work, whether you’re at home or in an office somewhere.

Being Isolated


That’s one thing that’s a little daunting.  I’m all alone, everyday.  In reality though, I interact with a ton of people throughout my day.  I just don’t physically see them.  Sometimes I do wish I had more people around but it’s something you get used to.

Fending For Yourself


Running your own business means getting your own insurance.  It means keeping track of your expenses.  It means doing EVERYTHING that a big company does only you have to do it yourself.  That can be an overwhelming though.  In reality, it’s not.  Just take it one step at a time.





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One response so far

  • http://www.misscellania.com/ Miss Cellania

    A pool would be a simple distraction to ignore… I have four children who think I have nothing better to do than to solve their squabbles!

    Health insurance? I wish….

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