Working From Home Is Easy–Fact or Fiction?

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As you may already know, I work from home. 2010 was the first year that I worked exclusively from home, and it was quite an eye opener. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it was exactly what I wanted to do.

That’s not to say that it has been easy. I remember sitting in an office a couple of years ago, thinking of how much easier it would be to work at home. I think a lot of us do this type of entrepreneurial daydreaming. Heck, a lot of you out there running your own business started it BECAUSE you thought it would be easier.

It wasn’t, was it?

Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of advantages to working from home. In fact, this has started a bit of an obsession of being able to do much more

without having to leave the house

. My family teases me a lot about this. I suppose the

Manpacks subscription

was the tipping point for them.

The folks over at

Freshbooks

wrote up a good post about the

myths of starting a business

. Even if you didn’t believe these myths, you probably hear friends and family mention these when you tell them that you work from home.

My favourite one? #3 for sure.

Freelancing means not having a boss.

So true. How many of you decided to start your own business to get away from your nagging boss? The problem is that “your boss” was never actually your boss, especially if you were in customer service. Now that you’re on your own, you have more bosses than ever before. In the post, he mentions clients as being your boss now. That’s only half the story. What about your suppliers? How many times has your day been ruined by a vendor pushing you to pay your bills faster or to increase your spending? Sounds like a boss, doesn’t it?

This is not meant to crush your entrepreneurial spirit. Quite the opposite. When you go into this with the right frame of mind, then it’s much easier to succeed. Understand that the days will be long, and sometimes lonely. Understand you now have many more “bosses” than before, and you have to check with all of them before booking off vacation time.

If you know all of this at the start, and you STILL want to start your own business, then nothing will get in your way.

If you check out the post, let me know what your favourite myth was. Do you have any new ones that weren’t listed? I’d love to hear about them.

Fresh Thinking – 5 Myths about starting a business