Here's a crappy pic of how I work
I've been working from home for quite some time now, and everyone has their own idea of what it's like to be your own boss and to have a grueling, 30-second commute. Here are just a few of the myths versus the reality;
1.) "It must be nice to be able to work in your underwear!"
Reality: While technically I could work in my underwear, I choose not to. As soon as I wake up, I jump in the shower and get dressed. I hate mornings, so It's part of my wake up process.
2.) "Wow - I wish I could show up to work whenever I wanted to, and leave when I felt like it!"
Reality: This does not work - ask anyone who works from home, and they'll tell you that you have to make a schedule for yourself. I get up early with my wife so I can help with the kids and have time to sit and have coffee with my wife before she leaves to work. I don't start working until I get my youngest off to school at 8:30, and I usually knock off between 3 and 4 PM. I still randomly check and reply to emails throughout the evening until 10. I usually only work Monday-Friday, but sometimes on the weekend if it's necessary.
3.) It's so cool that you can work from anywhere wi-fi is available.
Reality: That would be super-cool... if I had a laptop or iPad. For now, I'm stuck at home. I will be buying an iPad very soon, though.
4.) Since you work from home, you can come help out at the school with the other "housewives" whenever we need you, right?
Reality: No. While I do clean the house and do laundry on a daily basis, I actually really do work every day, and can't drop it all on a whim.
5.) How is it that you don't waste entire days getting sucked into watching porn? If we didn't have internet security filters here at work, that's all I would do.
Reality: First off; entire days? Really? Second; GROSS! Actually, and I'm probably gonna lose some readers by admitting this, but I don't like watching porn. It does nothing for me. I remember seeing it for the first time when I was a kid - the first five minutes are kinda exciting in a "oh wow, I can't believe I'm watching pornography" kinda way, but after that, it's just like; "how much longer am I gonna have to look at this guys schlong?" Oh, and I'm uncomfortable in strip clubs, too.
So while working from home has a lot of prejudices to overcome and is not seen as completely "legit" by a lot of ignorant asses, I absolutely love it and cannot see myself trapped in a cubicle ever again!