I have a confession to make. I’ve been faking the funk. I’ve lead you on to believe that working from home has been such a rewarding experience. I made you believe that I’ve been making tons of money, have the greatest connections, and the happiest I’ve ever been. Well the truth is I’ve been miserable. I didn’t make as much as I planned, I suck at schmoozing with other people and I’ve been feeling unfulfilled. I’ve been faking it till I make it and I haven’t even come close to making it.
It has absolutely nothing to do with working from home and everything to do with never leaving the home.
I, like millions of other people who call their place of business “home”, was mislead by the term “work from home”. I thought it meant I’d never had to leave home. And why would I when it meant I didn’t have to waste money on gas, waste time on dreadful “business meetings” or go to a place with someone breathing down my neck all day? While all of those things were true some of the time, I was missing one important aspect about working from home – the need to escape the realms of my home office so I could connect with others. Regardless of where or what you call “work,” relationships will always be a big part of it.
Even though I knew the benefits of leaving home, I only focused on the money I saved if I didn’t. And of course, my logic was that the more money I saved, the more money I got to keep for myself and invest in the business. After all, not going to business meetings meant that I saved on gas, and unnecessary business outfits. Not going to Starbucks to work , meant I didn’t end up spending money on lunch. And not having lots of phone conversations meant, I wouldn’t spend too much on a phone bill. I figured all of this saved money would translate into some earned money. I was wrong on so many levels! I saved money, but I sure wasn’t making any. On top of that, I was depressed.
A business can only survive without any interaction for so long. I wasn’t interacting with others they way I should because I was afraid of spending money and leaving the home. Of course, lack of interaction meant no business connections and no new clients. Obviously, that meant no money was coming in which lead to unhappiness. And like a fool, it took me forever to figure out what the problem was.
It wasn’t until my husband asked why I stopped going to the library and the coffee shop to work that I realized the problem. I was so afraid to spend money that I was preventing my business from thriving and make money. Once I made the commitment to set up at least one meeting a week, everything turned around. I was happier, built kinship with likeminded people, got more clients, and earned more money. The moral of the story: Don’t be afraid to invest in your business and never underestimate the importance of leaving home.
How has working from home worked for you? Do you make a habit to leave home frequently?
TERRIfic Quip: Doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.
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