Warning: This post is written by a 60 hours sleep deprived body and mind. So read it with caution.!
I have been Blogging from last 2 and half years and I work from home office. Here I’m going to rant on problems which I have faced while working from home. I started my full-time blogging career somewhere in April 2009, I know it’s a funny month to start, but that’s the time when I decided to quit my job and choose to opt for blogging as a career.
One of the biggest advantage people say about professional blogging is working from home. You can work at any time, even in your pajamas. Though they forgot to mention that at times working from home is not so great as it seems to be.
In this post, I will highlight some of the biggest challenges and issues for people who work from home. Your situation may not be similar to mine, but I’m sure at certain points you can defiantly relate to it.
Problems with Working from Home
My nature of work requires to sit in front of the computer for atleast 14 hrs a day. Every month I have atleast 4-5 sleepless night when I’m busy working. This post is outcome of my another frustrated sleepless night, when my body is tired of working and I couldn’t get any sleep.
Now when I think about work which I’m suppose to do every day, it’s scary. Writing blog posts, editing guest posts, replying to comments, commenting on other blogs, staying active on social media sites, manage all blogs, look into SEO of my blog network, planning and strategy, Working on client sites, communicating with clients, advertisers, answers to email from other bloggers/readers, 2 hours of daily feed reading, trying out new software,apps, plugins, manage finance, manage my rented house, and tons of stuff. To be honest, despite of my sleepless nights, I hardly achieve 60% of my total work. Because by the end of the day, my mind and body won’t let me do anything, coz they also need rest. I wish if God would have put sleeping as an option.
2) Social life screwed:
One of the biggest problem which I faced after working from home is bad social-life. This comes due to many reason, and one of them is differences with people who work from office. People who work from office have a different life-style, and undoubtedly they meet many people throughout the day. Where as people like me who work from home, hardly get time to see and meet people.
I can see the difference in me when it comes to socializing. I can actually count how many people I have met last month. I may be talking to hundreds or may be thousands of people online or over phone, but when meeting in person, I don’t remember meeting more than 10 people in a month. Not sure, if I blame myself or work for the same.
I have people around me with lots of expectation: Blog readers need quality and new topic every next day. People who works with me: they need an office to work instead of working from home. My body expect rest from me. My parents expect dedicated time for them and the list will keep going for ever. When I started with my blogging career, I don’t think that time I had to fulfill any expectations or meet anyone demand, but in last 3 years lots of things has been changed. There used to be a time, when I used to work only on weekdays and weekend used to be time when I go out and socialize. Now, everything has changed. I find myself working on a Saturday night when whole world is busy enjoying their friends and loved once company. Also, adding to it I have been leaving away from home from last 9 years.
3) Frustration-frustration and more frustration:
Working from home comes with a combine deal with frustration. Earlier I never used to feel the same, but in last couple of months I can see pressure building inside me. I miss meeting people and seeing them. Oh, I’m talking about real people and not my online friends. If I remember correctly, it’s been 15 days that I’m back from my Thailand trip and I went out of my flat just thrice. I have seen only 5-6 faces, attended a Shitty Jazz concert @hardrock cafe which added more into my frustration. Imagine yourself being house-locked for almost 15 days and then you go out: Don’t you feel like you are in some different world or you might have become an alien. Atleast, I feel alienate all the time I go out after long break. Meeting my friends after that is like someone just gave me an antidote when I’m about to die. Don’t fall for words, but what I’m trying to say: If you live alone, work from home and your work is all online, you are screwed. By the age of 35 you might look like Grand-dad.
4) Targets and Achieving them:
I’m quite a planner and when it comes to work, I prefer doing it strategically. Though when you work from home, independently no matter how much planning you did or focused and passionate you were, with time it will be washed away. You will get into the world of boredom and might not feel the same energy after some time. It could be a year, 2 or may be 5 in your case. I still have like 10 plans which I need to execute and every month is adding another 3-4 to it, but guess what only thing which I don’t have to start and execute them is TIME. I have interview offer from some big names like Fosters and couple of magazine, and I couldn’t find time to finish the interview.
5) Feeling and Emotions:
Back in my college days, I used to be a guy who can find happiness in the river of sorrow. I mean, none of my friends ever seen me sad or so lost. I loved everyone, technically everyone around me. But, now I can feel that emotions and Feelings are going away from me. Working 24*7 infront of laptop making me robotic too. I feel so de-attached from my own family, my close friends. I wish if this is something which I can work on ASAP, else my life would be nothing but will become “A journey of a workaholic”.
Office vs Home:
I have set up small office at my place which is good enough for 4-5 people, but at the same time I have been considering moving to my own office. That’s a requirement coming from family, people who work with me and none the less society who doesn’t give a damn about you. I was talking to one of my friend “Ankit” who was doing the same stuff like me and he moved to his own office last year. So I called him to know his experience with his own office and here are some of his in his own words:
“When I moved to office, for the first few 2 months I used to reach office in time, made everything perfect, worked in time and everything was smooth. Probably I enjoyed working from office after 3 years of working from home. Though later on, my office reaching time shifted to 2 P.M from 10 A.M. And later on it turned out to be 3-4 days I go to office else I work from home.
Every year, twice I have to bribe the Police-walah, that comes as a complementary when you start your own office. I have to maintain office and make sure everything is alright, maintain the team and meeting and work. Initially you would enjoy it but later on it will add into frustration. Luckily my girlfriend is my partner and she is great manager. More over, running cost of my office is around $1300/month. If you asking for my suggestion: Work from home and instead of investing in office, hire quality people and let them work for you. May be like “Work from home” or may be you can let 2-3 guys come to your place. ”
Takeaway: There is always a girl behind every successful man!
So technically, instead of assisting me he put me into a Dilemma of office vs Non-office. His point was quite sensible and people with personal experience can always guide you better. So, anyways he again put me into dilemma as I want to start an office but my nature of work (Blogging, Blogging and more blogging) doesn’t necessarily require to have an on-site team. Bloggers are creative people and you can’t bound them with 9-7 job. Else it would be more like I’m running some newspaper agency.
Anyways, so even now I’m not sure if I need to move to office or simply buy a plot, build a house and make an office with separate entry in the same premises. But, again this will require lots of money and to make lots of money, you need to work more and in order to work more, you need to have time and that’s one thing which I don’t have.
I can see, feel that I’m over stressing myself and I should take a step down ASAP, else probably this thing might get into me completely and which might result in negative productivity.
Anyways, I will continue this for some other time…for now Adios!! What are the others problems with working from home, you have faced?