Although more people are working from home than ever before, there’s still a stigma attached to admitting that you start and end your working day in your pyjamas. Go figure.
But the struggles don’t stop there.
At times, comments are made that make you feel the need to prove that your work is meaningful. Similarly, it’s common for people to assume that – because you work from home – you don’t work as hard as they do.
Not to mention, friends and family will eventually begin to feel comfortable with asking you to run errands for them in the middle of a working day, because after all, you work from home.
As somebody who has worked from home for nearly four years, I know all too well about the stigma and struggles that come with this deeply misunderstood lifestyle. Here’s how I overcome that stigma in order to continue living the pyjama-clad dream with confidence.
Leading the Revolution
Here’s how I see it; there’s a revolution going on. I’m part of it – and if you work from home – then so are you.
In this rapidly evolving digital age, the notion of commuting into an office miles from your home is becoming less attractive and therefore less commonplace. As a result of this, the attitude of the world’s workforce is seriously in flux right now.
In fact, in the United States, the number of those who work from home from amongst the self-employed has grown by 103% since 2005. Pretty soon, working from home is going to be as normal as normal gets.
Although, that’s not to say that we should aspire to normalcy. On the contrary, we should be basking in our relative peculiarity.
Different is Good
Although the practise of working from home is indeed gaining popularity, part of the greatness of not having a traditional job is the mere fact that you don’t have a traditional job.
Why? Because most traditional jobs suck, and everybody knows it.
More to the point, being different is what entrepreneurs have to do in order to survive – and so you would do well to remember that working from home is a hallmark of entrepreneurship.
How else do you think most of the world’s most entrepreneurs got started? They didn’t begin their journey from the top floor of a skyscraper, that’s for sure.
Actually, You Don’t Work From Home
You really need to stop telling people that you work from home – because you don’t.
The reality of the situation is that you can work from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Home just happens to have that, plus a bunch of other luxuries (hey there, Netflix).
What I’m getting at is; you can work from coffee shops, libraries, airports, parks, hotel lobbies, beaches, and so forth. The possibilities are endless, so why limit yourself to the confines of your bedroom?
The beauty of the situation is that you get to pick and choose exactly where to work – and you can make a totally different choice each and every morning. Or afternoon. Or night.
Because lest we forget, we don’t just get to choose where we work – we get to choose when we work, too.
And that’s why working from “home” is so awesome.
About the Author
Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.