My experience with working from home was unique because I was freelancing & consulting as a way to fund my small business. I was only taking on enough work to pay for my bills; lets say it only took me 2 weeks to meet my goal, well then I was done for the month and I would shift all of my time and attention to building my business. It actually equated to working sometimes until 3AM. But it had its bonuses as well, for example my fast food intake went way down, and I would start every morning with a real breakfast. But when I was done eating I was right back at it.
Many companies do not allow it's employees to work from home, and as a result I think people might romanticize the idea of working from home, but I'm going to give you a real rundown of what it's like to work from home.
It's actually pretty awesome... if you're doing something you love!
An unsatisfying job will be just as unsatisfying from your home office. It could actually be worse because you're surrounded by all the things you could be doing instead of tasks you may not care about. I love everything I've created in the Printing Everyday brand, but there are some tasks that I'm not completely stoked to do; however my passion for the business kept me in check and on task.
Replacing sitting in traffic with afternoon bike rides (or walks).
I mean that one speaks for itself.
FOOD... healthier options, and Tuna Sandwiches.
When I was a bit younger I would buy lunches everyday, it was a great way to get out of the office for a bit and get some fresh air. But when I started to notice how much money I was spending over the course of the year, I decided to cut back. The days that I brought in a lunch I'd eat it at my desk, and that's when I went back to buying lunches everyday again.
It took a while for me to realize that I need to get away from my desk to relax while I ate, and that there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. When I was working in the office I made salads with red onion and balsamic vinegar, or tuna salads for days that I really wanted to chill outside and read to get that mental break.
Today I can eat whatever and whenever, it's no longer an issue, but I recognize the importance of having health options, and a mental lunch break.
All in all working from home is still work.
Getting the job done is the main focus and doing that from a coffee shop, on an airplane, in an office or at home doesn't change that fact. To learn more about me or what I do visit PrintingEveryday.com and check out the Printing Everyday Podcast where we chat with 3D printing designers/modelers and businesses in the 3D printing industry.
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