As I sat down to write this post after the long holiday break, I struggled a bit for some reason. I started to write about one topic but changed my mind several minutes into writing that post because I simply wasn’t connecting with the content. Yes, it happens from time-to-time.
I like to sit down to write a post and have it just flow naturally - nothing forced. I love what I do and I love sharing tips, tricks, and opportunities with you all. I thought planning out my content for the month would somehow be best for me, but everything isn’t for everyone.
With that said, working from home is simply one of those things that isn’t for everyone.
You’re probably giving me the raised eyebrow at this point, but it’s very possible that you signed up for my weekly newsletter thinking it must be super easy to work your full-time job from home and YOU WANT IN!
I have had several conversations with busy moms over the past year or so (P.S. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging on this platform for a year!) who once entertained the idea of working from home but were hesitant to move forward after we talked through a very honest assessment of how they work best.
I’m going to try really hard not to make this post too long-winded, but I could talk about this topic until I am blue in the face. Believe me, I’ve done it...
“Girl, I would miss talking to people all day in the break room.” (Interesting. So you go to work to talk in the break room all day? No judgement here.)
“I don’t like being by myself all day. I really need to be around other people. It’s too depressing to be alone all day.” (Sending hugs your way!)
Okay, let’s dive on in to a few questions you need to ask yourself before you submit any additional applications for remote job opportunities.
#1 - Will you be able to focus on work or will your adult ADD kick in? Can you sit still in front of your laptop for at least 3 hours and actually focus on work or will you feel the need to work on laundry, dinner, picking up toys, running to Target “real quick”, or any of the many distractions that can get in the way of actually getting work done only to realize you’ve only spend 30 minutes on work and it’s already noon? Will you need to search for a remote job that requires some real flexibility so you can actually do those things?
#2 - Why do you really want to work from home? If you’re like me, then there are several reasons working from home is best for me. What’s your why?
#3 - Do you have a newborn baby or a rambunctious pet that will repeatedly require your attention during the day making it virtually impossible to dedicate 8 hrs each day to phone calls? Be mindful of this as you start your job search.
#4 - Are you dependable and trustworthy? Again, you really need to be brutally honest with yourself. You don’t have to submit these answers for review by anyone other than you so be real.
#5 - What are your career goals and is there an opportunity in your current/desired industry to land a remote job?
#6 - How strong is your networking game? Part of working from home on a long-term basis and growing professionally requires that you put effort into networking. LinkedIn is a great tool for that!
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