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Home truths – Problems working from home

coworking, remote working, work at home May 31, 2017

You hear a lot about the benefits of working from home, and they are real. However, working from home comes with a some challenges as well. This blog highlights a business at home is not without problems. Here is a list of the top conflicts that you might experience while working at home:

1. Working too much i.e longer hours

In theory, staying home means fewer hours devoted to work. You won’t spend any time commuting and if you get your tasks done quickly, you don’t have to keep working for the rest of the day, correct?

In reality, you may find that you work more at home because you find it difficult to switch and this is where the line between work and family sometimes crosses. There is always the temptation to work long hours that may be difficult to resist, like checking and answering emails after dinnertime. Instead of spending quality time with the rest of the family, a home based businessperson sometimes falls into the trap of being consumed with work. They do not know when to stop.

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2. Putting on weight

When the fridge is only a few steps away, your day can easily turn into a grazefest. Got to keep your energy up?


3. Lack of Self-discipline or self-management.

You may feel smug as you watch people trudge through the cold and rain to the bus stop. Then enjoy your five second commute down the corridor in your pyjamas. But some people like the structure that getting properly dressed in a morning gives them.

Your productivity as a home-based worker may go up or down, depending on your self-discipline. Working on your own business at home means that you are boss – there are no codes of conduct to follow, no weekly performance reports to keep you in tow and no formal office routine.

Others find that they are spending way too much time watching television, or they are having a hard time getting out of bed. If you fail to maintain a certain level of discipline, compounded by ineffective time management, it will be hard to accomplish your goals.

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4. Chores aren’t a chore

Start-up home based entrepreneurs find that the main advantage of a work-at-home business – to be near family – can be a disadvantage as well. Daily household routine can be a source of distraction for your business. Instead of answering emails, for example, you feel compelled to do the laundry.

If you have kids, then your work-at-home life becomes even more exciting. Try closing an important deal over the phone with your customer while your one-year old child cries his heart out – in your home office!

Given the fact that your two roles are under one roof – being a parent, for example, and being a businessperson – expect to experience difficulties in juggling the demands of both home and business.

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5. Feeling isolated

With no co-employees or bosses hovering in your workplace, the start-up home businessperson often finds it difficult to adjust in a solitary work environment. Suddenly, the whole work has become so quiet – no more exchanging weekend stories, or exchanging jokes near the coffee machine.  The natural collaboration and exchange of ideas that happens in a office can be important.


6. Working outdoors isn’t as great as it sounds

You make sure you post a sun-drenched social media image of your outdoor laptop and refreshing drink combo every time the weather hits double figures. In reality though, wasps, sunburn and the annoying glare on your screen usually makes you pack up and head back indoors pretty sharpish.

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7. Technology develops a devious sixth sense

Important Skype call with a client looming? On a deadline and need to email a document RIGHT THIS MINUTE? Your internet connection will choose that very moment to start playing up.

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8. You do actually get work done!

Despite what some might think, your home can give you a focused, interruption-free, creative environment that means you’re at optimum productivity. However, other people won’t take you seriously.

The common concern of most home based business owners is whether their clients will consider their business a substantial one. Since home businesses are often regarded as “little hobbies,” their professional image and credibility normally suffers. Worse, they are not taken seriously! Home business owners should therefore project a professional business image.

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9. More Interruptions

You start a home business, supposedly to be able to work from home — only to find that you cannot work from home! One reality home-based entrepreneurs are faced with is the fact that it is not easy to work from home. You might think you will have fewer interruptions at home than in a busy office, but that’s not always the case. For example:

  • The pet will need to be let out for a comfort break
  • You have forgot to put the garbage out when you hear the truck coming
  • You have unexpected visitors

Many entrepreneurs find that it takes a strong commitment, creativity in juggling various roles and tasks, and willingness to work beyond normal working hours to be able to successfully work from home.

The home is a fertile ground for interruptions. Your family and kids may demand your attention, you have housework that needs doing, dogs barking, even the daytime soap operas!

Working at home is especially tough if you have a baby or very small children who demand your full and complete attention. Or you simply are not used to the isolation and freedom working from home brings that you think you need to take a course first on time management to be able to work effectively from your home.


The best way to overcome this is rent a hot desk or coworking space. Check spaces available on Deskonnect.

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