Work From Home? Five Head Trips About Working From Home…

by Franco on September 1, 2008

Work From Home opportunities are FINALLY getting the respect and attention they’ve deserved for a while, but they are still basically pipedreams to the main stream…

Is a work from home opportunity really something that would work for you? Or do you prefer to get up each day and commute to work, do what you do to get paid, climb the career ladder and play all those fun career politics?

Sounds strange, but you’d be amazed how many people truly LOVE that environment even when they admit to NOT liking their job… we are strange creatures, for sure… Most people, however, just have no clue that a quite lucrative alternative exists and it’s so close all the time… but you can’t see what you’re not trained to look for, right?

In all reality… let me do a little work to “burst the bubble” of even the most adamant proponent of “work from home” opportunities… There are Five Head Trips About Working From Home I’ve personally discovered. I don’t have all the solutions, yet… but it’s fun testing some out all the time.
But the reality is, a “work from home” gig can be the worst thing you ever do to your Private/Family life and also your Productivity life, and it helps to get inside the head of a full time “Work From Homer” (?) so you can plan to prevent or deal with these little mind thingies…

Work From Home Mind Trip 1: Why in the world am I working so many hours???
Isn’t it funny? Is it just me? Or does a “work from home” gig never stop? You know, before I was working from home, even in Real Estate, and I still had that horrible corporate job (yuk), I had a set work schedule… And when I was done working for the day… boy was I DONE!! Take work home? Uh-uhh… Check work email from home while watching a ball game? OH NO WAY… Check every single voicemail as it shot through at any time of night? Are you kidding me?

Those things NEVER happened. There was a clear disconnect. Work was done.

Not so all the time with a “work from home” opportunity… whether it’s Internet Marketing Home Business Programs or marketing real estate, something about working from home… it’s kinda hard to disconnect. People expect you to be available all the time or they begin to get offended… or (gasp!) they go buy from someone else that picks up the phone at 10PM… lol… true story.

When you work from home you can catch yourself doing all kinds of things that would have even the most professional and addicted “multi-tasker” saying… Man, slow down…

It’s important to really try to schedule your work time and be disciplined about respecting your private or family time… it’s about sanity. Believe me… it WILL be there when you get back… the emails… they NEVER STOP!

Work From Home Mindtrip 2: Dude, why are people so rude online and in emails?

Funny what a global, autonomous, invisible network of 1s and 0s can do to make people “tough guys”… You know sometimes it’s so funny. The same people that KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT that they can’t get a live person on the phone from their bank, utility company, cable company, etc… will “lose their marbles” if the “work from home” entrepreneur doesn’t personally answer every single phone call… LOL…

For some reason, when you work-from-home, you’re expected to be the secretary, administrative assistant, training assistant, accountant, marketing consultant, VP Sales, Chief Information Officer, internet search engine optimization specialist and “oops, can you order flowers for my Mom, it’s her birthday… person…”

If you don’t watch it… your own market will completely flip the script on you and you’ll become the jack of all trades and you’ll find yourself attempting to reach out and deal personally with all the people WHO YOU DON’T WANT TO WORK WITH ANYWAY… while simultaneously ignoring and neglecting the true winners that you enjoy working closely with and where you know your attention should be…

What about the rude people? See, that’s exactly what I mean… it’s YOUR business right? Why in the world do we feel compelled or obligated to have communicate with rude people? See that’s the mindtrip thing… you get too comfy at home sometimes and think you have to respond to everything… when in fact, you don’t.

Prioritze you to do list, emails, voicemails and remember that first and foremost: You’re the leader. The CEO. Analyze what your business needs the most and focus there. Forget the rest of the stuff… most rude people never really produce long term effectiveness anyway, so don’t sweat the little stuff… Rude people.. are little stuff.

Work From Home Mindtrip 3: DISTRACTIONS! Man, was I wrong about this…

Oh boy… I’m gonna get in big trouble here…

You know, when you work at a Place of Business.. even if it’s that crusty cubicle you love to hate… at least it’s a place of business. You can focus in and do the important stuff (like surf the net for good internet marketing programs or post articles for your home business…) like your what ever your boss wants you to be doing to make the company filthy stinking rich while you stay… well… not filthy stinking rich, but I digress…

You know what I mean?

Work From Home offices are seldom the quiet, focused places we thought they were going to be for conducting business… I often was uncomfortable talking to other home business owners about business when in the background all I could hear was a shouting, yelling, fighting, crying kid or four or five in the backgrounded… sometimes you can’t even think straight when it’s like that… until I noticed that now it was my one year old crying and yelling in the back ground during training webinars that my clients were listening too… (gasp!) How un-business like…

Then there is the “honey do” list… man… work from home and all of a sudden that thing just never ends! Of course then you get all kinds of “important” reasons or things that need to get done and you find yourself out and about town running errands for over 4 hours… (that never happened in the corp lifestyle…)

So bottom line – working from home can create a lot of distractions that turn a solid 2-3 hours of actual focused work into a 10-12 hour day…
It’s really important to build up a discipline about “WORK” time and schedule some stuff at other others so you actually get important things done.

Work From Home Mindtrip 4: What is up with the family when your “work from home?”

Man… it’s like they think you have NOTHING else to do all day so you get more visits, requests for favors, drop bys… “please take care of Johnny, I’ll be right back…” requests… and of course the classic:

The IRS wants me to pay $25,000 in back taxes and since you work from home and are rich… I need you to loan it to me… because my mistake is your emergency and I know how much you really like to help people…

LOL… that is super classic! The old “family request a lone trick…” Isn’t it “weird” how when you work from home, so many relatives have no interest in what you do… but oh man, if you do well… all of a sudden everyone “needs” a loan from you…

Ahh, the beauty of human nature. Seriously, this is a tough one for some people… specially because the “work from home” business crowd is actually a bunch of big hearted softies… we really do like to help people, and sometimes not wanting to offend relatives leads to us entertaining a lot more distractions and surprise visits or requests than we would if had a normal job/career. It is important if that’s an issue with you, to set limits and priorities so you’re in balance and not being pulled in other directions by other people just because it’s easy to think:

“Well, she just works from home, so I’ll have her do this and that, etc…

Work From Home MindTrip 5: Yeah we’re making money… but where is it???

Oh man. This is a MIND TRIP and a half!! Watch your expenses! Work from home programs take some marketing. And sometimes you don’t track what’s really working and what’s just a waste of money. The money starts rolling in and you can’t say no to anything… you start buying all kinds of weird marketing, advertising in bigger bunches and then your own business partners or downline start asking for help here and there or special discounts or deals here and there… and all of a sudden you find yourself giving away more of that hard earned money you were working hard to attract…

It’s very important to organize yourself as much as possible. If you don’t have a bookkeeping system, GET ONE. Usually it’s the work from home folks who are the least organized… goes back to that “jack of all trades” thing above…

We work from home and spend most of our time surfing aimlessly online, checking unimportant emails, and marketing, marketing, marketing… and we delay or completely neglect to set up proper filing systems, bookkeeping programs and tracking expenses… BIG PROBLEM is coming!

Outsource or take time to get this stuff taken care of and MIND YOUR BUSINESS… so your business can take of you too…

What did you think of these mind trips? Am I right or am I right?

Look, here’s the bottom line…

Working from home is HUGE blessing to our family. It’s allowed us to break free from the economic system that most other people are enslaved by. We have choices. We create our own economy. We don’t need to watch the local news each night to hear how our economy is and how it may change… we create that. We’re tapped into a global, thriving marketplace of ideas and concepts that pay WELL… we’re not restricted by what some job descriptions says we should make or not make… In short… we are truly free. Liberty is cool. And we protect and work hard for it.

But working from home can create some barriers and challenges if you don’t know what to look out for. The first step to preventing or decreasing the negative side effects of working from home is basically to keep it real… keep an open and honest mind and learn what the issues can be…

Then you can work on dealing with them effectively. And keeping your balance.

I just got back from a 7 day vacation out of the country and it was funny… I thought I’d be more connected than what I was… I thought the internet would be faster… I thought my phone signal would be available… and in short… it wasn’t. Not really anyway… so I was unplugged…

And honestly we went through a bit of “withdrawal” the first day or two… I though “oh my goodness, my business is going to really suffer this week!” But you know what? It didn’t… at all. It rocked on. My positive prospects still joined me… my positive partners still reached me and still worked their own businesses and got questions answered… and (keeping it real…) my negative complainers and whiners… well… they kept on complaining and whining…

See… it all works out… having only a limited time to take care of business things… it forced me to concentrate and work with my most valuable prospects and partners… the positive and productive ones… and I just HAD to ignore the negative and complaining ones since I can’t help them anyway until they decide and choose to change their mindsets…

And we still made some EXCELLENT money while on vacation… as much or even more than we make when I’m plugged in 20 hours “working” on stuff! Funny isn’t it?

I hope this helps you in your journey as well. And if you have any questions about how to do this “work from home” stuff… stop on my a couple of our information sites:

Work From Home Programs and Solutions

Work From Home Training & Resources

Wacky but High Converting Cash Gifting Exposed & Reviewed Here

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