Do you work from home? Many people misunderstand what life is like working from home, so today I thought I would debunk a few popular myths about working from home.
Myth: People who work from home work less hours than people who work in offices.
Truth: We wish! Not having set hours can mean you really struggle to switch off from work. While it is true that we save ourselves a commute, there is still a set amount of work to do every day. If you’ve been working for nine hours and you still haven’t finished, you can’t clock out and go home. You keep working until you’ve finished – so many freelancers actually work around 50 hours a week.
Myth: People who work from home waste time surfing the internet.
Truth: Freelancers rarely get paid hourly – so whenever we take a break to surf the internet, we stop getting paid. Sometimes we check social media or some adorable pictures of cats, but mostly we work – just like people in offices do!
Myth: People who work from home rarely speak to their colleagues.
Truth: With laptops, tablets, smartphones, email and Skype, it has never been easier to get in contact with your co-workers. None of my clients or co-workers struggle to get in contact with me through these methods, and I try to always reply within the hour.
Myth: Working from home is like a holiday.
Truth: We do like to watch TV and eat snacks – once the working day is over! While freelancers do have the option to work in their PJs, they don’t have the option to not work –unless they don’t mind not getting paid. The environment is more relaxed, but the workload is the same.
Can you think of any more myths about working from home? Comment your ideas below – I’d love to hear them! 🙂 🙂