Lately, I’ve been noticing that the excitement I used to have when getting ready for work has all but vanished.
It could be because I’m incubating an entire human and I’m exhausted 90% of the time, just wishing I could sleep past 5 AM, but I know that’s not the only reason.
The truth is – I’m not excited about my leaving my house to work because my job could be done remotely.
I work in a Help Desk. It’s a call center environment at a huge hospital in Philadelphia. I could do this job in my pajamas, from my bed, while eating cereal. I think that’s what bothers me most.
Here are the other things that I hate about working outside my home and why the push the to self-sustain on freelancing from home is so strong:
1. Taking Mass Transit to Work
I get up a 5 AM every morning and I’m dressed and out of the house with two small children in tow by 6:10 AM. It sucks. Someone is always crying or cranky and it’s not always the boys. Plus, there’s people bumping into you and your kids, late buses, crowded buses, times when you can’t sit down and your’re carrying one kid, so you can’t sit down. The list goes on…
2. No REAL Sick Days
When you have small kids in daycare, they get sick often. They’re sharing germ-ridden toys and supplies with children you don’t know and live completely different lifestyles than your family does. It can get gross. My boys both caught two complete different contagious infections within days of each other. It was a difficult week.
When you have small kids who get sick often there are things that happen that make you look less dedicated to your job:
- Taking off from work early at a moment’s notice
- Calling out because you can’t take them to daycare and have already exhausted your backup child care (depending on the ailment)
- Doctor appointments in the beginning or at the end of your work day
- Checking in constantly when you do manage to leave them with someone
It can be hard to be an involved parent and give your attention to your work, as well.
3. Getting Up Early, Going to Bed Early
When you work 1st shift, you have to be in your chair by 7 AM. That means going to bed by 8 PM even when you have other things you need to get done like laundry, taxes, and even showering.
This, coupled with having to take mass transit means I’m up before the sun with both boys, trekking though whatever weather is outside to the bus stop, taking the bus to their daycare, getting them in their classes within 6 minutes so I don’t miss my bus to work, and then hoping to eat breakfast before working, all by 7 AM.
It’s exhausting and if another schedule came along where I could have some leeway, I’d take it, but this is what I have for now, so it’ll do.
There are a lot of things I hate about working outside my home, but until I save enough in an emergency fund, this is what my life will look like.
If you work outside the home, what is one thing you hate about it? Leave your comments below, I love reading them!
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