Working From Home In My Pajamas And Other Home Based Business Myths

fuzzy slippersWorking from home is not for everyone and working from home in your pajamas is not the norm.The work from home life is often mistaken for a carefree and easygoing lifestyle. Although I wouldn’t give it up for anything, the truth is it has its fair share of challenges. You must be disciplined and motivated and wear many hats. Income can be inconsistent and unpredictable. The work from home community is often not taken seriously as business owners and I just wanted to dispel some of the myths.

Myth #1You Work In Your Pajamas – personally, I don’t have to dress UP but I do have to get out of bed and get dressed every morning, make breakfast, pack lunches and walk the kids to school.

Myth #2You Mow The Lawn, Do Laundry And Housework All Day – some business owners may be tempted because they are ‘home anyway’ but if you are not focused on business during business hours you will not have a business.

Myth #3You Can Write Off EVERYTHING – in most cases you can only write off a small portion of your expenses. For instance a home based business owner can write off the heating bill for the percentage of space that their office/business occupies of the total home. By year’s end, it doesn’t amount to much.

Myth #4You NEVER Have To Leave Home – some home-based business owners spend most of their time out of the office meeting with prospective clients and marketing their business. At some point we all must experience face-to-face contact meeting with clients or at business networking events.

Myth #5You Can ‘Get Rich Quick’ – you can get rich maybe, quickly no. Building a business takes long hours and hard work. You must build your reputation, continuously upgrade your skills and create a solid client base. Then you can introduce an alternate stream of income to generate more money and take your business to the next level – over time.

Myth #6You Can Work While The Baby Sleeps OR You Can Work While the Children Play – another common misconception is that by working from home you can save a bundle on child care costs. It is difficult to manage working and parenting simultaneously. If the kids are in the house and unoccupied, they’re going to want you and you won’t be able to focus on the task at hand. Not fair to your kids or your clients.

Myth #7You Have Much More Free Time – because there are no boundaries between work and home, work is always there. And because you likely love what you do, it can be difficult to break away from your work in mind and body. Any “free time” feels like it should be spent squeezing in some work and it can be challenging to ignore the call of your computer.

Of course there are the many advantages of working from home too. If you’re not feeling well you can work around it and take a nap if you wake up with a headache. You can make your own schedule without a boss to answer to and nothing beats being able to walk the kids back and forth to school. Just being available to your children for school trips, sick days and homework help is one of the absolute best reasons to work at home.

What’s your favourite work from home myth?

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  • Marlene

    Reply Reply December 7, 2010

    While it’s true that working from a home office requires discipline & organization,,
    the bottom line is…I wouldn’t trade the opportunity! I love being my own boss & being good at being “the boss” is critical!
    Keep in mind – the time you spend is’s not optional.
    The pay-off is huge when you find a network marketing business that is a fit for you and you know what it takes to build success. Finding something that is new & different & hasn’t been done before gets harder & harder, but it is available! Love it, love it!

    • admin

      Reply Reply December 7, 2010

      Yes, great points Marlene. And I agree, I wouldn’t trade the opportunity for anything!

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