The decision to work at home is one I’ve never regretted. It’s challenging, exhausting, takes up pretty much all of my spare time plus any other time I can give it, but it’s still a great experience.
I have to admit, though, the ups and downs can be pretty rough. Especially the financial ups and downs. But it’s all part of the game.
Dealing with the Financial Ups and Downs
I must say, the financial ups of working at home, and particularly of running a home business have been pretty amazing for me. I don’t just mean not paying for daycare, which would be a pretty big expense with 3 kids.
I mean the months where I get really good commission checks. Bringing in a really healthy check (by my standards) feels great.
On the other hand, those months where it seems like I can’t earn a decent check no matter what I do really suck.
That’s something you’ll face in most home businesses and many work at home jobs. It’s a reality.
Demand for your business goes up. Demand goes down. Competition comes. Competition goes.
For work at home jobs, sometimes there’s tons of work to be had. Other times things are just quiet. That was true even when I was a medical transcriptionist, and that’s a pretty high demand field.
If you aren’t ready for the financial ups and downs (especially the downs), working at home in any capacity is going to be pretty hard on you and your family.
Dealing with the ups is pretty easy. Just don’t overspend in the good times. You need money ready for those times when things aren’t so good.
Dealing with the downs is harder, especially if you haven’t prepared well for them. It’s easier if you have enough money to get by for a few months despite a low income.
But even with that, it’s going to be rough emotionally.
Dealing with the Emotional Ups and Downs
How you feel about working at home in part echoes how your income goes, but not entirely. You can get frustrated even when your income is great, and you can feel great about the work you’re doing even when it’s not yet bringing in any real money.
This is where you need family support. When things just aren’t running smoothly, you don’t want to hear “I told you so” from anyone. You want and need support.
Family’s the best place to get it, but you can also get great support from online friends. Just don’t let it lead into so much goofing off online that you don’t get any work done.
You can share your problems in your favorite forums. You can tweet about them, share with your Facebook friends, whatever and wherever you like to do to vent your frustrations.
Just don’t forget to share your triumphs too.
Enjoy the Ride
Working at home can be a roller coaster in so many ways, but you can’t let it get to you too much. Enjoy the good, deal with the bad and don’t give up. Believe in your ability to make it work, and eventually you will.