Monthly Archives: March 2015

What are your real reasons for wanting to work from home?

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So many people these days talk about how much they would love to work from home. More and more people are, in fact, doing just that. But before you give up that day job, you should really think about what working from home entails.

Many people tell me that they want to work from homcase to be able to spend more time with their families. In fact, many work at home jobs, (especially the ones that are scams!) use the line, “Work from home – spend more time with your family” to lure people in.

Think of it this way, you are “working” from home. Get it? “Working.” So, that doesn’t mean you are going to be home, playing outside with the kids, or holding your newborn baby. OK, you can, if you want to. But, will that pay off? How much money do you think you’ll earn for that? Yes, your family will be around, but most likely, they will be distractions as you really try to get some work done. I remember myself, years ago, when I worked in the “real world” and left home to work every day, I actually felt like going to work was a break from all the monotony at home with kids crying and things of that nature.

If you think your home will be cleaner, and you can get more housework done when you are working from home – think again. If you are “working”, then you are “working” – at your job. Not on your housework.

You say you want to work from home so you can actually save money by not having to pay for gas, buy work clothes, or lunch away from home. OK, those are good arguments. Unfortunately, though, most work from home jobs do not pay more than $10 an hour. In fact, many pay even less. If you are thinking of starting up your own business, remember that there may be costs involved, and it may take time to get off the ground before the big bucks start rolling in. If they ever do.

Another deterrent – friends and family. They mean well, but when people know you are home, they want to come over. They also expect you to have time to run errands for them, because you are home. They don’t understand that you are home because you are working. To them, you working means you getting in your car and driving somewhere. What you are doing from home doesn’t count, or is not the same thing.

When you are on someone else’s clock, you are getting paid per hour. When you work from home, you usually only get paid for the work you actually submit. So, at a “real” job, when there is downtime, you are still getting paid. At home, when there is downtime, you’re not.

Don’t get me wrong – you can actually be successful while working from home. However, you should take all things into consideration. It is really not for everybody. It takes a lot more discipline than most would think.

One thing that I always make sure I do is to get up in the morning and “prepare” myself as I would for any other job. I shower and get dressed. Yes, I could spend the day in my PJs, and occasionally, I do. But, I recall my neighbor, who also works from home, one day opening the door for the UPS man in the middle of the day. And I certainly did not want to become what I saw her looking like. Sorry, but you can get a little too comfortable when you work from home. I  certainly don’t want to lose my sense of self.

Other than that, if you can truly dedicate your time to your “work from home” job, you’re good to go! You will have some work to do on getting others to understand. But, if you have the patience and the will to succeed, you can make it work out for you.

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Don’t call it a diet!

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When you refer to your plan of eating less or eating differently in your attempt to lose weight as a “diet”, you are destined to fail at your attempt!

The reason being is that “going on a diet” already manifests itself in your mind as a temporary solution to your normal eating routine, and you are certain that you will soon be slim and trim. Well, that might work for a while, but do you really think that by “temporarily” changing your eating habits is going to keep you that way? Think about it!

The word “diet” somehow gives us the idea that we are doing something differently that is going to change the way we look forever. However, our “diet” really consists of what we eat on a daily basis. So, even if you eat a stack of pancakes for breakfast, that is your “diet”, whether you want to call it that or not.

Let me say this – most so-called “diets” that I’ve tried DO work! As long as I work them. But, as soon as I stop, I put the old weight back on, and then some. I don’t really think that I need to tell you that if you stick to a “diet” of fruits and vegetables and exercise regularly, you will lose weight and keep it off. Heck, I know that myself! But, do I follow that routine? No!

OK, I am not proclaiming to be an expert here. I am not saying that there are any magic tricks to change our way of thinking about what we eat. The true secret lies in our desire to follow through with a plan or not. If we really want to, we can do it.

I, for one, am just through with dishing out money for all of these wonderful “diets” I read about. All I’m doing is making other people richer, and myself fatter. My “diet’ will consist of whatever I choose to eat. However, I am going to try to practice will-power. I will cook and eat smaller portions. I will stop bringing home snacks that will haunt me in my dreams. Yes, I’m sure I’ve said this before. I really mean it this time. I know – said that before, too. But, maybe, just maybe, if I put it out here and share it with the world, I just might stick to it. We’ll see…