Working at Home: The Potential PITFALLS

Working at home can bear a number of rewards that make the venture
extremely worthwhile. Mothers can thrive under these circumstances because the situation does give them the best of both worlds.

As fantastic as working at home can be, there are some potential pitfalls.
Understanding what they are can prepare you to face them head on and win. While not everyone will experience the same cons working at home, some of the more common issues that could crop up include such things as:

  1. A failure to balance

Some work at home moms have a little trouble getting into the swing
of balancing career and personal life issues. Whether they spend too
much time working or not enough, failing to strike a balance can have
the potential to lead to disappointment in one arena, the other or both.

2. Isolation

As was discussed earlier, some at home careers can be a bit lonely in
the grand scheme of things.

3. Guilt

While the whole idea of working at home very often involves having
more time for the family, work needs to be on the priority list, too. This
means there will be times moms just have to say no or go about their
business even when a three-year-old is pitching a tantrum. The long and
the short of this reality is that sometimes moms will feel guilt for not
being there even when they are there.

4. Unprofessionalism

In some areas of work, background noises found in a home can be a
little embarrassing and may even come off as unprofessional. Talking on
the phone to a client while a child has a fit or a dog barks loudly in the
background just doesn’t “sound” as professional as many would like.

5. Overdoing

The danger of working at home often lies in not being able to “leave”
work at the end of the day. With this in mind, many works at home
moms tend to overdo to their detriment. While this might be great for
the business, burning out can happen if anyone works around the clock
and fails to unwind, relax and breathe once in a while.

6. Letting oneself go

While it is certainly nice to be able to roll out of bed in the morning
and “report” to the office, this can be a double-edged sword. It’s all too
easy to still be sitting in that bathrobe at 6 p.m. on an ordinary Tuesday.
This can have a negative impact on self-esteem.

While the pitfalls are very real, there are ways face them down and win.
No matter the challenge, having a good plan in place for coping can make a difference.