One of the most frustrating attitudes I encounter is that my life must be easier because I’m pursuing projects I love, and because I work from home. I’ll admit the commute is alright but that doesn’t mean that I live a life of leisure.
Between teaching and the blog, along with some volunteer work on the side I keep busy. It’s easy to assume I’m free and open all day but in reality, I have a long to-do list and my projects suffer when I don’t get dedicated time to work on them.
I could be making calls, writing, answering emails, researching or alternating between tasks. I still look forward to an evening of relaxing just like everyone else.
I think part of the reason I get frustrated when people make assumptions about my lifestyle is because they tend to overlook the sacrifices. It’s not easy to make a full “typical” salary working from home, so there are financial sacrifices. There’s no health benefits or sick days. A lot of the things we assume come with a 9-5 we forget don’t come with working for ourselves.
Don’t get me wrong, I love working for myself and being creative. That being said, I don’t want people to imagine I have it easy just because I don’t leave the house.
Working on a passion project is great – take this blog for example. I get to define what it is about, focus on what I’m interested in and develop ideas from start to finish. However, that hasn’t made it easy. I’m not a trained web developer, I’m still learning about entrepreneurial work (a dedication to constant learning is a whole new blog post), and self-promotion is a time-consuming process. The fact that I am proud of this work and enjoy doing it does not mean that it’s a no-brainer for me.
Don’t assume that people who are pursuing their passions are doing so to get out of doing “real work” or because it’s the easy path. Really building your own dream takes a lot more than what people see and is about the reward of following your heart, not about doing less work, I promise.
What are the misconceptions people have about the work you do (whatever work that is!)?