Initial Thoughts on Working at Home, part 2

If you are looking for good reasons to start working at home or want to reaffirm your faith in the goodness of such job nature, then this post is NOT composed with you in mind. I will be talking about about the disadvantages of working from home, so hit the back button as fast as you can before it gets too late, or suffer the consequences of being discouraged forever. Hee hee.

The not-so-good stuff about working at home

Sick and tired of work-at-homes boasting about how wonderful their career is and had enough of them trying to convince you to follow their lead? Well here's some of the stuff they don't tell you about, things that most work-at-homes hate admitting to themselves:

Yearning for the normal office environment

Now if you totally hate your job right now (the stupid boss and the meddling coworkers), I think you will not find this disadvantageous at all. But for most of us who had a rather pleasant experience about coworkers (I'm leaving out the boss part 'cause I happen to loathe a couple of my old ones), this is one of the biggest setbacks of working at home. If it wasn't for the fact that my two most previous jobs required us to be online all day, thus I have good friends online most of the time (they haven't left their jobs, what brave souls), I'd go stir crazy from the lack of diversion once in a while.

This is especially serious for people who likes to talk to others as a means of breaking the monotony of work. It can get deathly boring after a while without anything, trust me. Screws tend to loosen one by one due to lack of social life, you know. As for me, what I miss most are the lunches that me and my former office mates used to take together, as this is the perfect time for that lovely chitchat (okay. tsismis, if you like). But then again, thinking back about what diminutive amount of things my salary can buy during those days makes me shut up and get on with what I have right now. I think the physical presence of friends is a small price to pay. After all, we do talk to each other still everyday, thanks to the wonderful instant messenger tools.

Unstable earnings

Another problem if you haven't found the work that can give you your supply of income on a regular basis. A lot of opportunities are there, yes, but only for the deserving and the persistent and the fortunate. Makes it all the more problematic when you dive into this career path and found yourself without anything to busy yourself with, or worse, without a single penny to support you (if you're single) or your family. Although employers pay ultramicroscopic salary, they offer income constancy. When I was still employed, I have already found my niche in the Internet, so there was no problem switching from there to here. So it would be wise to think before you leap, as with all other things in life.

Fortunately for you and for me (and the entire human race. err.), these disadvantages are workable. It's mainly up to you if you let your life go to waste by working at home, or enjoy the benefits while not turning pariah slash destitute at the same time.

25 comments:

fedhz said...

kame kahit sa office, unstable din income. galing kase ng employer namin eh. wala nang job tenure ngaun. basta maisipan kang patalsikin, goodbye!

work at home rules!!! yeah baby!

niko said...

work at home rules.. hmmmm

if may pldt weroam na ko sa bahay courtesy of hubby i will be a wahm na.. hahahaha love it! bilis ng pldt weroam.. goodbye office tlga..

redamethyst said...

unstable ang income, pero depende na sayo kung paano papalakihin ang kita, depende kung masipag sa paghanap ng mga racket

niko said...

yearning for the office environment?? naku di ko mamimiss yan lol

niko said...

papagawa ako ng opis.. ung katulad ng kina fedhz :) wehhh hahahah

niko said...

at dpat malakas ang aircon lol hahahhaa

niko said...

sa konti ng opps ngaun nttakot ako mag wahm huhuhuhuh. sana bigyan na ko ng pw ni margie!!

niko said...

at uu nga pla.. nag email na saken margie this morning.. usap tau ym hihihih.. mukang ikaw nabigyan n ng pw eh.. huhuh loves k nya ako hinde :( waaaaaah

niko said...

miss kta tlga.. nasanay ako lagi kang online.. anu bang meron at lagi kgn wala..

malapit na ko magtampo LOL

Sam said...

i hate to say this because of the person endorsing it, but here goes.. being a wahm? 2 words. SIPAG at TYAGA. k has been a witness of my online ups and downs.. kainis lang pag pareho tayong UP (meaning busy tulad ngayon), nawawala yung social life. i haven't even chatted with you for about 2 weeks now!

Chris said...

what i miss.. hm...the fixed work schedule and the aircon!!

Sherry said...

going to work you need to bear with office politics! the way you dress and look the boss will take note!

Sherry said...

one job I work for only few months the boss not good to me as I don't know how to dress to work.

redamethyst said...

siguro nga sipag at tiyaga talaga ang secret. when I see online earnings of wahm out here, they almost earn as much as those who are working. but the big difference is that they are at home with their kids.

Sherry said...

you are right I am having unstable earning online. sometimes I dont get much in a month.

Sherry said...

fixed work and fix income is good but you are getting no where.

Sherry said...

I want to ask are you being tax by govnment as you earn online?

Sherry said...

I mean you are always under the employer.

Genejosh said...

i felt marce that being a WAHM is not for me..SAHM ok yon sa akin..he..he..

Genejosh said...

i'm not really that sociable naman, if ever I'll be a WAHM, social life will not be an issue for me, i think lang...

Genejosh said...

on vacation I try to play the role of a WAHM kumbaga but I can't cope with household chores, opps sa online and baby..nakakapagod..he..he...

Genejosh said...

as a WAHM we need to pay naman for our own benefits ano like Health insurance, SSS...

Genejosh said...

In our case here in Thailand, it's impossible for me to be a WAHM..ok lang sana if madoble sweldo nya tsaka with health insurance and other benefits-like paid vacation days, paid sick days or paid holidays...wala yon eh:(

Genejosh said...

If I would be a WAHM, I would like to have a sitter for my very active tot, ha..ha..paano yan i have to pay naman...

Genejosh said...

WAHM is a calling...I appreciate those who respons to this calling like you marce...