The Joys and Pitfalls of Working from Home (and for yourself)

One of my very first posts in this blog was about the pros of working from home. Honestly, it’s awesome but it certainly has its drawbacks too.

Starting with the pros, I saw my daughter’s flag football game last Thursday. I was one of two dads there along with a few moms. It was actually a tournament that started at 10am; I caught a couple of hours of it then went to lunch with my mom.

Being ‘semi-retired’ I can do that. However, I’m not exactly in a place where I don’t have to work, I do, but I’m in an enviable place where my income exceeds my expenses without me having to work. It’s called passive income which I know you’ve heard of and it takes work to build it to that point. You must remember that nothing comes easy and I’ve certainly had my share of pitfalls, I still do so life isn’t perfect but would I change it? Not on your life!

I’m a serial entrepreneur too so I’ve tried a lot of things where I’ve fouled out badly but also hit a few home runs. Those home runs (real estate/stocks/SEO business) have mitigated the failures I’ve had. The point is, never give up! You should feel comfort in knowing that all successful people, no matter who they are, have failed at least once, very likely many more times than that.

Another pro to working from home is I’m more engaged in my kids lives. I know what’s going on because I see them when they leave for school and I see them when they come home. Just a couple of days ago my little one (the same one who plays flag football) was elected Prime Minister of her class. Pretty cool. She had to write a ‘vote for me’ speech and present it to her classmates and teachers. I helped her. She gets all the credit for winning but I’ll take some of it because I had time to help her write it, although admittedly she wrote most of it. If I were slogging it out at work then fighting with traffic to get home, I doubt I would have had the energy to help her.

However, there of course are cons in working from home. The worst one for me is the isolation. Not sure I’ve mentioned it before but when you’ve worked from home for as long as I have you can become socially inept, at least I have. Although I have a client visit every now and then, my wife Rinku – who is awesome – encourages me to get out more, socialize more and get out of my bubble. I do that but I need to do it more, I’m kind of a home body. Another con is one’s waistline. I was doing great over the summer and now that we’re firmly in fall, my girth has also increased. How lovely.

So that is a summary of my pros and cons working from home. There’s more to it of course but again, I wouldn’t change it for anything. If that’s what you want, go for it. It’s not easy but it is simple. Just remember no one is going to tell you to get to work, it takes self-discipline, put your head down and get it done. As the saying goes, you can make money and you can make excuses but you can’t make both. If you want to know what I listen to to help my focus, keep me calm and motivated, feel free to e me and I’ll send you some links. Hope this helps.

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