Calling all bees who have experience or opinions about working from home!

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: What to do about my job?
    Apply for the at home position and take it so I can be more flexible : (9 votes)
    56 %
    Apply but only take it if they have good structures to connect me to coworkers : (5 votes)
    31 %
    Don't apply and wait until I hear from the residencies : (0 votes)
    Don't apply because I won't like being at home and won't be able to get back into clinics : (1 votes)
    6 %
    The omnipresent "other" : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    170 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Working from home is really a mixed bag depending on the type of work it is and your own work style. I had a friend who did it for almost two years and she hated it. There was no real divide in her life between “work” and “home”, so she found herself constantly working, always checking her work mail, always answering phone calls from coworkers even on her “days off”. It sort of took over her life.

    But then there’s my cousin who did it after having her first child. She loved the freedom and flexability it gave her to be around for her child when he needed her.

     

    Though what both of them have said is you wind up spending more time “working” because of distractions of being home.

     

    So I’d say wait and see exactly what the work from home job sounds like it will be and make the call based on what you know about your preferred work style and how much structure you need.

    Post # 4
    Member
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @JenGirl:  ok I admit I couldn’t get through that while post but I did work from home for three years so I thought I’d give you my perspective. 

    On personality tests I generally test exactly even between extrovert and introvert. When I started at home I got really bored and depressed. I couldn’t deal just sitting alone all day, not having anyone to commiserate with or bounce ideas off. I would get SOOO excited when my coworkers would call. Lol. As time went on I seriously became a hermit. it was like my introvert side took over. It took so much to get me out if the house.

    I think if you do it you have to set a very strict schedual. when your work hours are over you HAVE TO be done. No checking email. No taking calls. No “getting ahead”. And you have to get up and shower, make your coffee and breakfast before work like anyone else. Don’t work in your pjs! And get out of the house EVERY DAY. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    1193 posts
    Bumble bee

    @JenGirl:  I work at home, and I love it. Its so flexible, and I don’t have to spend tons of money on a corporate wardrobe. I also save on commuting costs as well.

     

    I do think its challenging to make social connections virtually. I am lucky in the fact that I can go into the office fairly frequently. However, FI and I have discussed moving to another city where we wouldn’t know anyone, and I do have concerns about working exclusively at home in that case.

     

    Overall, the pros outweigh the cons, in my opinion. 

     

    ETA: Regarding housework, my FI and I don’t currently live together, but we balance the chores based on our schedules. For example, I do the laundry because I can run 4 loads a day while I am working and not really take any time to do it. Same goes for cooking – I’ll throw something together and let it cook/bake while I finish up working, so we can eat dinner at a normal time. However, he does things like filling the car with gas or getting the dry cleaning because he is already out and about after work. So it evens out 🙂

     

    Post # 6
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    4876 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @JenGirl:  I was just having a smiliar conversation with my SIL over lunch today! I work from home, and personally, I love it. I’m a photographer, so I work from home and own my own business. There are certainly pros and cons.

    While I do put in more than 40 hours a week, I love love love the felxabillty it provides me and making my own hours. If I want a pedicure at 10am, I can go get one! Likewise, if I need to take a Monday to do things, I can work late into the night or part of a Saturday, etc. When we have kids, I will have much much more flexibilty with my day. I don’t see anyone unless I have a meeting with a client, which always takes place outside of my home. Because of that, I spend my day in yoga pants. I’m pretty sure my UPS driver thinks I don’t own real clothing. 😉 For me the biggest plus is just the overall flexability. My DH has a job that requires A LOT of travel – and often to really fun places. I love having the ability to hop and flight and join him or go see him when I need do. Becuase of my work, I can take it with me. As long as I’ve got my laptop, portrable hard drive, and planner, I’m good to go. 

    The downside is that you definitely have to be a self starter. It is VERY VERY easy to say “ugh, I just don’t feel like doing anything, I’m going to lay on the couch and watch TV”. The other downside is that people think you have TONS of free time and are constanly wanting you to “do this or do that”. I have a sister who is much younger and still in high school. I get texts at least 3-4 times a week from both her and my parents to pick her up from school, or take her to the orthodontist, or “whoops she forgot her cheer practice clothes and can you take them to school” calls. I live within walking distance to her school, and most days she walks over. But today for example, while having lunch I got a text from her asking me to pick her up if it was still raining at school release time….which I just got home from doing..lol. These things are common when people know you work from home, becuase they don’t envision you being busy all day long. 

    All that being said, I could NEVER go back to an office job. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    3210 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Well, I’m a graduate student and I also work part-time teaching online classes. So I’m working from home about 90% of my working time.

    I personally absolutely love it. I love my flexible schedule, I love my work, I love everything about it.

    With that said, I do get a good amount of interaction. I have to go to campus for a few hours a week, so I get dressed and whatnot then. I also teach online for 1-5 hours basically every day of the week, so I am frequently talking to people. I think if I literally never left the house, or if my online work didn’t involve interacting with others, it would not be nearly as enjoyable for me.

    I don’t have any trouble motivating myself at all. I mean, I have to get my shit done, lol. I guess I don’t always immediately sit down to work, or get straight to it–but then, I didn’t when I worked in an office either, lol.

    My DH definitely does not expect me to do all the housework, but again, part of that may be because I am teaching online classes, so it’s very obvious that I’m working. He actually works less per week than I do, and I am the primary breadwinner, so he usually picks up 60-75% of the housework and cooking.

    As far as advice–I always say apply. If you get it, you can always turn it down later!

    Post # 8
    Member
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @JenGirl:  Personally I dislike working from home. would MUCH rather be in the office with my colleagues.  I feel so unproductive from home. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    3210 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @starfish0116:  This is SUCH a good point. It probably took my parents 5 years to understand that I am not just sitting around ready to answer their every whim all day, lol.

    Post # 10
    Member
    1193 posts
    Bumble bee

    @starfish0116:  Agree with the perception that “life is easy” working at home. My mom constantly calls me during business hours wanting to chat. I also get assigned to chores like the post office or bank because they are only open during business hours when everyone else is “at work”. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    1599 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @blueteacup:  

    @MexiPino:  

    +1 to both of these.

    I worked from home for 3 years and HATED it. Part of it was my job- I worked with international accounts so there was literally work to be done 24 hours a day. We would have a conference call with China at 11pm and then another one with a client in the US at 6am, then maybe a few throughout the day with east/west coast accounts, then back to international overnight. There was NO catching up ever. If I logged off at 6pm and then back on at 6am, an entire workday had elapsed for half of our accounts. Some other folks in my firm had a good work/life balance, but I couldnt.  NO ONE expected me to work the hours I did, and I was actively told not to, but I can’t help it- I’m one of those kinds of people. I had NO social life and I felt like I was working 24/7.

     

    I was also single at the time and living alone, and I got very isolated and depressed. I was alone ALL the time (except for my sweet dog ha.) I am an extremely outgoing person and it was really hard for me.  My other coworkers who were successful were all substantially older than me and had spouses/kids so their workdays were more “normal”- their wife would get home from work or the kids would get home and they would log-off for the evening. I couldn’t do it. I left the job primarily because I had no option of working in an office (and it was a tough decision, as I was making well into 6 figs.)

     

    For me, I think the ideal situation is to be ABLE to work from home if needed, but to also have an office. I do this now sometimes- I had to get some work done on my apt, so I needed to be here and worked from home a few days this past year.  Honestly, I found it to be technically difficult because I’m used to two monitors, a full keyboard (not a little 13″ laptop) and prefer to be in-office.

     

    I think it takes a really specific kind of person to be successful working from home.  You may be one! But think about it before you decide. It sounds really glamorous until you’re living it!

    Post # 12
    Member
    5007 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @JenGirl:  I have never worked from home so I can’t help you with that! However, I think you should apply to the job. You don’t have to take it if you decide it would not be a good fit. I see no problem with applying and interviewing to learn more about the position. I think working from home might provide you with a nice flexibility when you become a parent!

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