Mixing It Up: What To Do If You No Longer Enjoy Working From Home

People seem to have the idea that being a self-employed, stay at home worker is nothing but fun, but the reality isn’t always like that. While there are, of course, plenty of benefits – including greater flexibility, no commute, and the ability to work in your pyjamas – there are a lot of hidden downsides, too. Workers can feel isolated, find making new friends difficult, and have a sense that they’re not pushing themselves to live life to the full. If you think you might soon want to leave your employment circumstances, then take a read below. We’ll go through a number of actions that’ll put you on the path to a happier working life, whether that’s at home or anywhere else.

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Taking a Break

Everyone can get overwhelmed by their job from time to time. If you work in an office, it’s easy to take a step back and get some perspective: all you need to do is clock out, return home, and have a relaxed evening with the family. If you work from home, it gets more difficult. If you can feel your happiness levels decreasing, then schedule some time away from work and give yourself the space you need to think clearly. You might be ready to move on to other things, or you might just need to recharge the batteries for a while.

Temporary Work

Of course, not every stay at home worker can take an extended break from their job. There are bills to be paid, after all. If that’s the case, then take a look at finding temporary work before you figure out what you’re going to do next. There are a number of benefits to temporary employment when you’re in between phases of your life. For one, it’ll ensure that you’re not getting yourself into financial distress while you’re coming up with a long term plan. For two, it’ll give you an opportunity to experiment with a few different job roles, which might help you decide what you want to do next.

Using Your Skills

Stay at home workers often incorrectly believe that they have fewer skills than they usually do. If you’ve been self-employed, then it doesn’t matter what your job was: alongside your primary skills, you can also add things like organisation, accounting, timekeeping, and good old hard work. All of these skills are in high demand, so don’t forget them to add to your resume when you’re building up to applying to more traditional jobs.

Plan Your Escape

If you’ve decided that you want to have a complete career change, then you might have to plan your escape more carefully. For starters, you’ll want to take a look at what careers will still be around in the coming decades, because many will be lost due to artificial intelligence. Most positions in the healthcare industry, for example, should be safe. While you probably won’t want to become a doctor, you can look at other positions within the industry; health care manager jobs, for instance, are due to grow by nearly twenty percent in the coming decade. You can start your journey toward this career by completing a healthcare administration degree online, which will enable you to train for your new job around your current employment obligations. No matter how long you’ve been doing your present job, it’s never too late to change how you spend your days!

Assessing Your Growth

There are two types of stay at home jobs: the ones that are going places, and the ones that aren’t. If you’re not enjoying your job and you don’t think it’s taking you to where you eventually want to be, then all the signs will point to finding a new way to make your living. However, be careful when giving the jobs that might take you somewhere. Even if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing at the moment, in a few months or a year, it might have taken you to a place that you really enjoy. It’s all about assessing your growth, and making the call whether it’s worthwhile sticking out the bad times as you wait for the good ones to come.

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It’s also worth thinking about which aspects of working from home you don’t like. Is it the job itself, or is it that you’re cooped up inside all day? Feelings of isolation can come on pretty strongly if you’re spending all your time at home, but there are other options available. If you live near a big city, check out if there are any co-working offices there. You’ll still have all the flexibility of being self-employed, but you’ll also be able to have the benefits of a structured work day, with office colleagues thrown in to boot. If you don’t have any co-working spaces located near to your home, then you can always start one. Sites like meetup.com will help you create your own community of at home workers.

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Other Benefits

There’s no getting around that being self-employed and working from home is an uphill battle. Financial security ‘s hard to come by, and you have to live with the reality that if you fall ill, then your entire business could fall apart. If it’s these stresses that are taking the edge off your job, look at getting things like business insurance, or putting away a portion of your wages each month so you can build up a nest egg to use if something goes wrong.

Look at Volunteer Work

People who work from home do work hard, but they also have more flexibility when it comes to when they work. If you fundamentally enjoy your job but don’t like how much time you spend inside/looking at a screen, mix up your working day by volunteering with an organisation you feel passionate about. It’ll keep your days varied and exciting, and will also be a boost to your resume in case you decide to change careers later on.

Remember: just because you enjoy the benefits of working from home doesn’t mean you’re stuck doing it forever.

Space-saver work nook

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Don’t you just love this idea of a work nook that can save you space especially if you are living in a condominium unit? This is perfect for those who are working from home like me, who needs even a small space we can call our office. I just love this simple and clutter-free desk idea I found online!

I think I will put this into use in my corner to avoid the temptation of putting too many stuff on my desk.

Do you love your job?

There are a number of things I’ve learned over the past few years that I keep in mind and remind my love ones of. One of those things is the following…

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Confucius said that if you enjoy what you are doing, it stops being a job, a chore, a responsibility. What you enjoy doing becomes a normal part of your daily routine, your life. I do believe that.

You know when I was still in high school, I wanted to become a journalist. I am not a great writer but I love writing with a passion! I knew then that if I could get the proper education, I would be fairly decent in my writing skills. My mom had other plans for my future. She told me that it would be better for me to take up Accountancy. She said that there would be more jobs waiting for me if I become an Accountant. She’s right! I got a lot of job offers even before I graduated. I was able to start as soon as I passed the board exams. I forgot that I wanted to become a journalist for a while because I learned to love my profession.

But you know what? My love for writing was not diminished. It is still here even though I am writing numbers more than words. I am still an accountant but I went back to my first love which is writing. I realized that there are just some things in life that can make you happy even though you are not getting as much financially as you want to. That’s writing for me. I love it so much that it doesn’t feel like work even when I am spending hours and hours laboring over a paper. I also felt this way in doing accounting work but maybe because it wasn’t really my first love, it diminished over time.

Do you love your job? This is a simple test that you can do to know for sure. Spend more than eight hours doing your job and if you are not smiling anymore by the end of the day, you better find something else to do. Or stop and look into yourself if what you’re doing is still worth it.

Breathe success!

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Once upon a time, when I was still a greenhorn, I equated success to how high one’s compensation package is and how lofty the title he/she holds in a corporation. Success meant having a license one can boast of and being well-respected in the industry one is a part of. I once dreamt of being that successful, you know. Until a loved one passed away.

I realized then that success is a matter of perspective. I can stay at home and still breathe success every single day. I need not be the CEO or President of a company just to be able to say I am successful in my career. I need not earn a hundred grand or more just to feel like I’ve been a success. I can still earn an average income and still be a success because I am living a happy life. There is a sense of achievement in being able to provide for the family. There is a sense of achievement also in working hard every single day no matter what position you are holding just as long as you are able to deliver what is expected of you.

Breathe success no matter where you are! A stay-at-home mom is still a huge success seeing as to how she takes care of everyone at home and still have time for herself and others. It doesn’t matter if you are a lowly rank and file employee, or an online worker like me. Breathe success and you will be no matter where you are!

A quiet place to work.

I come from a large family. I already mentioned this in some past entries of mine in this blog. I am proud and happy that I am surrounded by family but let me tell you that there is a downside to all of this. There is no quiet place for me to go when everyone is at home! That’s the truth! You can go inside the bedroom but another one will follow you there. Or the noise they’re making in the living room will float through the thin walls.

Oh, let me tell you now that I am not really complaining. I am just stating facts here. I actually like being with my noisy family. But then when you have some work that needs to be done and you are seeking some peace and quiet, well, you can’t expect to get it inside our home. Unless everyone went out and you are left alone.

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So, you know, it would be really great to have a quiet place to go to for work. Just a shed or somewhere outside the house I can lock myself in. The workplace in the photo looks really good, don’t you think?

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An advice to those who want to go freelance.

I was asked yesterday for an advice on the pros and cons of working at home. You see, I’ve been doing freelance work for the past eight years now so I have some knowledge to impart when it comes to the topic at hand.

Well, the first thing I told the person who asked for my advice is that resigning from her nine to five job and going freelance is a big risk. It’s the truth! Can you imagine your regular 15th-30th/end-of-month paycheck coming to a standstill? When you go freelance, your income now depends on how consistent you are with your work. It now depends on your diligence and perseverance (or what we call in Tagalog as sipag at tiyaga). If you work harder every single day, then expect a big income at the end of the month. If you slack off from what you need to do and just work whenever you feel like it, then expect an empty pocket. But the pay-off is really great if you are a hard worker.

Now, that’s just one risk, the recession of a steady, fixed monthly income. Another, and of greater importance, is the loss of mandatory benefits that you get when you are employed by a company as a regular employee. When you work at home doing freelance work, medical and dental health benefits plus those government-mandated ones (SSS, Philhealth and HDMF) are no longer the responsibility of the employer. It is now under your care and it is up to you to make sure you make a voluntary contribution every month to reap the benefits by the time you retire. Insurance policies placed by a company for you will be lost as well, once you choose freelance work.

But, again, the much larger pay-off if you know how to manage your time well and you grab at opportunities thrown your way will be more than enough to cover the cost of all those benefits that you lost.

An upside of freelance work is you control the volume of your work and the time you do it. In other words, your schedule is up to you. Your workload, too.

It’s all about diligence and perseverance. It’s all about hard work when you talk about freelance work and working at home. So my advice to the person asking me about it? Make sure she’s ready to be a much more responsible worker than she is in her nine to five job.

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