Do people take you seriously when you work at home?

Working from homeLike many solo- or entrepreneurs today, you may be working from your home office.

In fact, many of us make the choice to be independent or solo-preneurs because we want a lifestyle that allows us more time at home. (FYI: According to one report, the number of freelance workers is up 70% over the past three years.)

However, have you discovered that, because you’re at home, some folks don’t take you seriously?

This post offers a quick tip to help . . .

When I started The Write Direction in 1989, I worked from home. The phone would ring. I’d get excited thinking it’s a new client, right? No. It would be a friend calling saying “Hi Debra, what are you doing?” “Working,” I’d say.

Since I was at home, it seemed my friends didn’t think I had a “real job.” Perhaps they thought I was sitting around eating bon-bons and watching TV (like the young lady above).

I discovered that I had to “train” my friends and get them to realize that, even though I was at home, I had a “real job” with working hours just like they did. Once I made that clear to them, they respected my career and my wishes.

How about you? Are your friends, family, relatives taking you seriously? Please share your comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Then, stay tuned. I’m working on another tip about working from home that I’ll post here soon.

Here’s to your success.

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.

Comments

  1. I don’t necessarily “work” from home, since I am not doing anything to get paid, but I do find it difficult to schedule time to write/blog with two little children who constantly need something the minute I start getting focused on writing or reading or researching something.
    Kelly recently posted…I Believe…or, What I Learned From the CatholicsMy Profile

    • Hi Kelly. How about scheduling your time when the kids are taking a nap . . . have a play date with friends . . . or go to bed at night?
      Or, do what one of my colleagues does, she “bribes” her kids with something they love. What do your kids love that will keep them busy or entertained while you focus on writing?

  2. A nap…I can’t stop laughing! My kids don’t nap anymore. The younger one (age 2) does sporadically, but it is not scheduled. They are usually in bed at night by 8:30 but by then I am typically exhausted from the day and don’t have the brain power to do any writing. We also only moved two months ago so I think after a while I will find the time to carve out for it after we know what other activities we are doing on a regular basis. I do get some done in the afternoon when they have quiet/tv time so that is good.
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  3. This is such a good topic to cover. In the beginning I had to do the same thing with training family & friends. People have learned and once they understand they seem supportive and try to be mindful of “working hours.”
    shawn recently posted…Deciding on School Choices For The KidsMy Profile

    • Thanks @Shawn, glad you found the topic worthwhile. I think it probably resonates for a lot of folks who work from home, especially when they just get started. Just like going to an office, where folks might stop at your desk to chit-chat (when you’re in the midst of crunching on a deadline), we need to set boundaries. Our families & friends do respect that. Thanks again & have a great day. ~Debra

  4. My friends understand but some of my family don’t get it. I will say sometimes how busy I have been and they could care less. They cared more when I worked in an actual office setting.

    Oh well. It doesn’t matter to me anyways. I know I am working and earning an income to help support my family.
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    • @Michelle, it must be challenging when you feel your family doesn’t “get it,” but it sounds like you’ve come to terms with it.
      Good for you in valuing your skills and feeling self-confident not only about what you do, but the contribution you make toward supporting your family.
      ~Debra

  5. This definately resonates with me and i’m still struggling at times to set boundaries but then again part of working at home is to be flexible so perhaps we shouldn’t be too tough on ourselves and enjoy the odd interruption? as long its the exception and not the rule 🙂
    Debbie Law recently posted…Ultimate Blog Challenge Blog 10 MusingsMy Profile

    • Yes @Debbie, the beauty of working for one’s self is that you can make your own rules.
      There is a balance between getting your work done & having too many of those “odd interruptions” that may get in the way of completing a goal in a timely manner.
      Only you know what works best for you. Here’s to being productive and enjoying your flexibility. ~Debra

  6. Debra,

    Gosh I’ve been working at home or traveling for many years that I don’t even get the calls anymore. I ignored them and let them go to voice mail and when I got a chance I return the call. I don’t even answer the door when it rings (we used to get sales people stopping by) and I’m working.

    Great reminder for those newly working at home – something to consider – how you are going to handle personal calls when you are working.

    • @Leona, letting the personal calls go to voice mail and scheduling time to return them later on is a great option.
      Are there still door-to-door sales people stopping by in your neighborhood? I haven’t seen one of them in a long, long time. LOL.
      ~Debra

  7. I find your article interesting in that I’ve been working from home since 2003 and I’ve never had that kind of reaction from my family or friends. I actually know a lot of people that would like to work from home, but one thing that holds them back is lack of health insurance if they were to leave their conventional job. But I love working from home, I don’t have to deal with office politics anymore, and having a home office is a great tax write off.

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