For a lot of people, working from home is the end goal – because who wouldn’t want to spend all day in their PJ’s or work from bed?
The reality though, often isn’t quite so glamorous.
You’ll work more. This is two-fold, you’ll get more work done at home in the same time you’d have spent at work, but you’ll also spend lots more time working. First it’ll be working through your usual commute time, and eventually you’ll find yourself struggling to tear yourself away from your laptop for evenings and weekends.
You’ll clean more. Because if your home is a mess, you’ll find it near impossible to concentrate on getting work done.
Your Starbucks bill will be huge. Because you will just be desperate to get out of the house and work anywhere else.
You have to be your own boss + editor. Which means you have to be a lot harder on yourself than you are used to. You have to stay on top of yourself, do things you don’t want to do, and be aware of your own weaknesses & errors.
Everyone will always assume your free. Your friends will think you are free at all hours of the day, and probably be offended when you decline invitations due to work.
It’s lonely. You’ll pounce on your significant other as soon as they walk in the door, desperate for someone to talk to. Which is why it’s so important to have fellow freelancer friends!