Truer words may have never been spoken.
So let me fill you in on my professional past: I’ve worked for beauty brands such as Clinique and L’Occitane, I’ve cofounded and operated a kayak rental shop, I’ve cofounded and have spent the last 2.5 years working for a marketing startup and NOW… well now I’m working on launching Glitter Cottage and welcoming our baby girl into the world in just 21 shorts days! Both I am SUPER excited about!
As I type this I am sitting in a rocking chair on a porch overlooking a lake at one of our many awesome parks, Bond Park to be exact. Throughout my years of working 9-5’s, launching a weather dependent kayak shop where my days were spent salty and sweaty and having multiple office spaces throughout my time with the marketing startup – I MUST say that this view and current work space takes the cake. Okay, so there are children running around and parents yelling after them, geese honking and hotdogs being grilled within this very hungry pregnant woman’s vicinity but my goodness! I would take this ANY day over ringing phones, cranky bosses and fluorescent lighting. Can you blame me?
- I can wear whatever the heck I want. Sweat pants? SURE. Pajamas? ABSOLUTELY! Makeup? ONLY IF I FEEL LIKE IT (which is everyday but STILL, I have the choice!). Do I spend everyday looking like a slob? No way. But, it’s extremely nice to have the luxury (especially while pregnant) to choose comfort over fashion.
- I can work wherever the heck I want. Whether it’s a local park or the hip little coffee shop downtown, I can choose where I feel like working. Lately, I have chosen to work from the comfort of my coziest chair at home with this lifesaver, feet propped up and snoring dogs peacefully surrounding me. My husband and I have a nice home office that to be 100% honest….rarely gets used. We prefer being out and about, mingling with people and zoning out to Pandora in a public space.
- I can eat whatever the heck I want. When the marketing startup first started heating up, we had an amazing office space in downtown Durham called The American Underground at the American Tobacco Campus. It was an awesome spot with lots of other startups, entrepreneurs and bustling businesses. One of the things that added to our business expenses was eating out…a lot. It was hard to brown bag it when we knew there were yummy restaurants within walking distance of our office (Dame’s Chicken and Waffles was our absolute FAVORITE!). Now that I work from home, I have the luxury of heading to the fridge when hunger calls – which coming from a pregnant woman, is often! I also found that I eat much healthier and have cut down on food costs.
- I can make my own schedule. You will see that this is included within both the pro’s and the con’s list. If I spend my time working until 2am and don’t feel like waking up until 9am, I have the power to do just that. If I’m exhausted and need to take a preggo power nap at 3 in the afternoon, I am able to do it. If I want to take an extended lunch or go grab a coffee and a scone with my husband, DONE.
- I miss office gossip. Yup, I admit it! Sometime’s discussing CNN, last night’s award show and the latest Facebook updates with your dogs can get boring. I miss the relationships with coworkers, hanging out by the “water cooler” and inside jokes about the new guy or the big, bad boss lady.
- I can make my own schedule. As I stated above, this is both a good thing and a bad thing. Making my own schedule puts ME in charge and quite frankly, that can be a lot of responsibility to handle! It’s easy to let the dirty dishes in the sink or the looming pile of laundry get in the way of sitting down and getting work done. It’s also easy to have a 5 minute task turn into an afternoon of cleaning out the garage, washing the car or heading to the grocery store. Having all of the power can be rough sometimes.
- Days become monotonous. It’s easy to get into a bad routine with no one telling you what to do and loose time constraints. Throughout my first trimester, when I was plagued with constant exhaustion and morning sickness, I found myself in a bit of a “funk”. I’d wake up, take a shower, put pajamas back on and try to make it through the day without feeling like a complete zombie. It was rough, let me tell you!
- Family and friends don’t take you seriously. This is not only a con but a HUGE pet peeve. Not mentioning any names but, I have had friends and family look at my work life as if it’s “easy”, “carefree” and even “lazy”. Let me set the record straight once and for all – just because I don’t have to wake up at 6am, punch the clock at 8am, break for lunch at 1pm and head home at 5pm DOES NOT mean that my daily work environment and tasks are “easy”. Because I work from home (or a coffee shop, park, etc.) doesn’t mean that I can have guests in and out unannounced, I can take the entire day off to entertain family or I can scoot out for a beach trip on a Wednesday. While I can plan for these type of events, remember that I too, have work that needs to be done and commitments. It’s not all daisies and rainbows all the times folks.
I’m hoping this post doesn’t offend or upset anyone; these are just my personal complaints and praises of working from home. I would LOVE to hear your opinion on the topic so let me know within the comments below!