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Working from home

I was just wondering if anybody has any bad points about working from home, obviously being your own boss is excellent, but, I find it hard to get on with my work because there is usually so much to do around the house, by the time these chores are finished half of my day is gone.
I do allocate time just for work but Im one of these people who cannot have a clear head ready for work until all chores are completed.

Even though I am busy I also find working from home quite lonely, only getting to have a chat when my partner returns from work.

Does anybody alse have any bad points or is it just me?
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wow yeah I know exactly where your coming from....

It's hard, you sometimes get distracted easily from the job in hand but then again you have no firm hours and if needs be can work thro the night.

These days are a little better, I'm doing alot of work out at clients offices and have 2 part time"employees" (Slaves ) doing bits and bobs here and there which helps as I don't feel like I have to do everything and can delegate certain jobs. (As well as take on jobs I don't have the skills for)

Hopefully soon (about July) I will look for office space to rent as these guys will be leaving University and i hope joining the team, and I'd like to have that Office feel where we can really share idea's and work as a team.

Just hang in there... as you grow things will change and progress.
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I enjoy working from home I get to see my three kids all under 3. Plus the wife when she isn't at work. It can be hard when shes at work and I have the youngest at home.

Always put aside work from play time, make a schedule and stick to it. Do some house work at the start of the day, then after your lunch. Then finish of before you go to bed. Once somewhere is tidy it doesn't take long to do.
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what do you guys think about virtual offices and then working from home?
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Although I've always run my business from home it's only the last 2 weeks I've been doing it full time without another job outside the home.

I try and divide my time up so I start the day with an hour of housework, try to get everything out the way then get down to some work. I'm easily distracted so make lots of lists of things I need to do so I stick to them and try to reward myself, ok I'll finish this then I get to have a cup of tea!! I only have 2 days a week when the children aren't at home and I have the place to myself so I get most work done those days, the other times I have to try and work round my children and the other distractions in my life.

It can be lonely but I make sure I arrange to have lunch a couple of times a week with friends or family so I don't go mad at home alone!

The worst thing for me about working from home is probably my four year old insisting on answering the telephone then telling people 'mummy's on the toilet' !! I'm not sure how good that is for business!
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Re: Working from home

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Originally posted by TheDevil
I was just wondering if anybody has any bad points about working from home, obviously being your own boss is excellent, but, I find it hard to get on with my work because there is usually so much to do around the house, by the time these chores are finished half of my day is gone.
I do allocate time just for work but Im one of these people who cannot have a clear head ready for work until all chores are completed.

Even though I am busy I also find working from home quite lonely, only getting to have a chat when my partner returns from work.

Does anybody alse have any bad points or is it just me?
YOU HAVE READ MY MIND!!! :shock:
I was just talking about this subject with my friend this week!

I struggle with this every day, i have two kids so after ive dropped the oldest to school, that's when my work beggins but before i can work i have to tidy up etc, but where as when i got to work on the weekends at my part time job if the house is a mess then it wiill have to wait until i get home.

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The worst thing for me about working from home is probably my four year old insisting on answering the telephone then telling people 'mummy's on the toilet' !! I'm not sure how good that is for business!
LOL very funny kids uh?, cant live without them!!
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The worst thing for me about working from home is probably my four year old insisting on answering the telephone then telling people 'mummy's on the toilet' !! I'm not sure how good that is for business!
LMAO, kids!
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I just don't do any housework!!!!

Well, I do but I am very organised when it comes to setting work times. I have to be or I would just be working all hours of the day.

I am now working out of client's offices twice a week which does help but when I am working at home i normally clear the breakfast things away and put some washing in while the PC is booting up and downloading emails. Then when I make my mid morning coffee the washing is hung out. Making lunch usually involves a quick sweep and mop of the downstairs floor

Its all about multitasking - give the bathroom a quick wipe over when you go to the loo. Wash any dishes while you wait for the kettle to boil.

I normally take a couple of hours on a Saturday morning to blitz the house and do any ironing etc.
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Yeah, working from home can be boring. At first it can be really fun and exciting, but then it can get boring if you run a business from your house - ie. you don't have to travel anywhere.
I find selling to people is fun and that's all you need in terms of daytime interaction, but staying at home on the computer all day means I'm more likely to be found lazing around at home than working from home.
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One thing I have found this last 2 weeks, I've put on weight! Sitting in front of my pc most the day rather than lugging piles of books around a shop floor is starting to show! I must try and fit in a gym visit into my busy schedule!!

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Discipline

You need to get a structure to your day that pretty much is the same each day - each day you allocate cleaning time at the start of your day.

I too cannot concentrate and work unless everything in the house is done, and if you clean daily it will mean that you are always on top of it and therefore the daily tasks shouldn't amount to too much.

Each day I clean and get the house in order until 9.30am. Then I start working. You need to get up early enough to get stuff done and start working at a decent time.

Working at home requires discipline to get up at a decent time and work all day - and discipline to not work too hard.


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Like several people I have just had the 'that's so me' reaction to your post! I have been working from home for over a year and just absolutely cannot work if the house is a mess! I try to tidy as much as possible before I go to bed but it's not always easy! On the odd occasion I think you just have to accept that you're not going to get much work done and have a good tidy (I recently had some friends staying for a few days and they were so messy!).

On a separate note I've been onto your websites and really like the feel of them. I run www.bespokeholidayrentals.co.uk - we specialise in privately owned holiday accommodation throughout Europe & Florida. I wonder if there is some way we could work together regarding your UK site?

Look forward to hearing from you and good luck!
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House work is not my forte, but I like a clean house. I've been trying to tidy our office for what seems like months now, but I find it hard to see the wood for the trees and tend to have to ignore the untidiness.

As I am back to working away in London 2 days a week (the money was too good an opportunity to miss), I've decided that getting a cleaner is the only way I'm ever going to be able to get work done with regard to improving the search results of our dress business.

That we are now starting to sell a reasonable amount online makes me think it is worth getting someone in to give me and the missus a break to concentrate on our business.

Having no one to bounce ideas off and chat to is a problem though, so I tend to have a few MSN buddies to talk to when its getting just too much.
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