Why Working at Home Isn't for Me

Who do you work at home for?
A mom with her sleeping child.

I've been working from home for almost a year now and I must confess, working at home isn't for me. I like the camaraderie of working with a team. I like to get out of the house. I even like to get dressed up before getting out of the house. I like knowing what my paycheck is going to be every week. And did I mention that I like to get out of the house?

Working at home isn't for me, it's for my family.

Before I started my own freelance writing and photography business, I worked as a reporter for a newspaper. I was always going places to take pictures or cover events; it was not a job where I was stuck behind a keyboard for 40 hours a week.

And while I liked my job, I hated the hours. I'd have to cover school board meetings that started at dinner time and went past bedtime. I'd have to cover football and basketball games that meant working past midnight. I was missing family time for my career, and I was not okay with that.

So I started looking at other options. I didn't want to not work. I enjoy what I do -- I just didn't want to have to choose between one or the other. I wanted to be home for dinnertime and bedtime.

So I started looking at my options—and the most enticing one, at least for my family, was working from home. My son wouldn't have to go to day care. I'd still be there for all of his big moments. Mostly, the decision stemmed from my son.

So I made the leap. I quit my job with a steady paycheck. I was terrified. But, I was happy, and so was my family.

Now, I can keep my family as a first priority without sacrificing my career. Sometimes, it means working after bedtime and through those precious weekend naptimes. Most of the time, it means being home all day. I really miss going places every day. I miss having adults to talk to during the day. And I really miss the security I had with my last job.

See, working at home isn't really for me. It's for my family -- for my son and my husband. Sure, I enjoy what I do and love having the challenge of running my own business, but I'd certainly go crazy if I at least didn't have my little guy keeping me company every day.

What about you? Whom do you work from home for?

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