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Working From Home? It's Harder Than It Looks!

The lines between work and home can be blurry

by Erin Hillman  |  2956 views  |  2 comments  |       Rate this now! 

When my first child was born in 2001, I decided I wanted to keep working, but from home.

At first, it was a shock to my system. I thought about my computer in the next room and wondered if any urgent emails were sitting there unanswered.  It was almost as if I pretended that I didn't have a baby at home with those I interacted with professionally. I took calls any time any day regardless of importance.  I worked whenever I had a spare moment.  (Although, in all fairness, I did have more spare moments then, than I do now.)

I knew something needed to change when my son woke up early babbling in his crib and I crouched in a coat closet to finish a conference call. 

By the time my daughter came onto the scene, and then my third child just eight months ago, I had become more comfortable in my work-at-home skin. Perhaps this was out of necessity, or just in order to survive! I started scheduling calls, letting calls go to voice mail during dinner, and working more when my kids slept.  I realized I could control my schedule as long as I prioritized and, at the end of the day, I could still reach my professional goals. 

The lines between work and home are still blurry, but that can be a good thing. I haven't hid in a closet in six years. And I get at least two more hours in the day -- the time I used to spend commuting on the train -- to play Chutes and Ladders or enjoy a princess tea party!

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Erin helps other Moms work from home and balance family life while contributing to their household incomes.

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2 comments so far...

  • Great article. Well written! I an identify totally, even though my children are grown, I have the grandkids, and friends that stop in unexpectedly at any given moment. I too have found that I can get a lot of computer work done late at night or in the evenings, and try to schedule work that requires phone calls in the earlier part of the day or late afternoon. And as I prefer to work while on speaker phone, it is vital to set up your boundaries.( and make sure you have a mute button on your speaker system!)
    cathy b

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by projecthope7 on 24th January 2008

  • I Can Completely Relate To The Juggle. When Your With Your Kids, You Wonder What Of Your Business Is Being Neglected And You Feel Guilty When You Need Just 5 More Minutes Online And Your Kids Wonder If You Still Exist. I Do My Work Online Mostly At Night. I've Learned That Sometimes, A Watched Pot Never Boils So If You're Glued To Your Account Managers Waiting For Payments To Process, Your Never Going To Get Paid. I've Learned To Enjoy My Kids More. That's Why I Started My Biz. Nice To Know Someone Does It Just Like I Do. I'm Not The Only One Who Feels The Way I Do. Thanks!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Shanni Einer on 31st December 2007