I’ve written before about the ups and downs of working at home and owning a small business with just one (YOU) employee. I love the freedom it gives: I can attend events with my kids in the morning and work at night, or I can get up before dawn to catch up on some emails and then hit the park with the girls in the early morning hours. When I consider why I love owning a company and working from home at this point in my life, numerous reasons come to mind, and most of them have to do with the two most precious little girls in my life.
Yet there are drawbacks, as I have stated before, which can include feeling isolated, never getting out and not having the friendships that you might have if you are working in an office. When you go to work, which means leaving your home and stepping foot into a building that does not contain your familiar bathroom and kitchen, you can somewhat leave home life at home. Separating the two is a bit easier I believe. When you work at home, it is so easy to stop work so that you can clean the dishes, fold laundry or chat with your friend because, well, she can only call at a certain time each day. I find myself paying bills when I should be writing, or scrubbing the toilet when I should be finishing up a web design project.
A recent newsletter NAWBO sent out pointed to an article written about this very fact. According to the article, the Census Bureau states that nearly 78% of all of the nation’s 26 million-plus firms are owned by one person. The article discusses the importance of getting out with others if you work alone, and so I wanted to share the article with you. If you are working from home and you are never leaving those familiar walls, it is time to expand your horizons. Join an association for women business owners, attend seminars, take a class, or do one of the other several things that this article mentions.
Have a great day, working moms!