Yesterday’s blog post about how being a virtual assistant saved us from utter doom painted a pretty rosy picture of what it’s like to be self employed. It really is great, and I wouldn’t trade it for ANYTHING… but there are some downsides.
Your “coworkers” are your housemates.
Even if they do nothing for the business, you call them that to get some sense of normalcy. This includes humans and animals. I’ve become that-crazy-dog-lady with an Instagram feed full of dog photos because I can’t exactly share screenshots of work all day. This also limits the number of birthdays to celebrate, which could be a good or bad thing depending on how much you like cake.
You get sick of being home, fast.
For many VAs, it’s easy to pick up your laptop and run to a coffee shop to work. But for those who are stay at home moms – or like in my case, I share a car with my husband – you CRAVE the weekends. And when you realize how long it’s been since you left the house, ANY outing – even a quick trip to Sonic for late night milk shakes becomes a much needed break. On REALLY bad days, even working from a different room is refreshing.
Breakdowns happen more often than in a normal workplace.
When you don’t have (legit) coworkers to watch you have an epic breakdown, there’s nothing holding back the floodgates. Believe me. Ask Jeff or my dad… they both have been subject to my inability to hold it in anymore to save face. Because let’s be honest, the dogs don’t care.
It’s easy to gain weight.
When you don’t have people nearby to see, you also can fall into the temptation to eat around the clock. It’s also easy to spend the entire day glued to your chair. Unless you have a fitbit harassing you – the most exercise you might get in a day is from trips to the bathroom and kitchen. On especially busy days I miss college, and having to power walk across campus to get to all my classes.
You forget daily grooming tasks, like brushing your teeth.
This sadly, is my worst. Too often I’m halfway out the door to buy salami at the deli (another great excuse to get out of the house) and I’ll realize I can’t remember if I brushed my teeth that morning. I need Siri to remind me or something. Thankfully, I remember my deodorant every day… but I’m pretty sure my favorite UPS guy changed routes because of one too many crazy hair days.
You become addicted to Amazon Prime, possibly undoing all your earnings for a day.
Run out of printer paper? Who needs to go to Office Depot for that anymore? Need a big pack of chocolate? It only takes one click! Without the restrictions of workplace internet use, online shopping is more tempting than ever. Online shopping easily substitutes for a work break… but it’s not so great for your budget. But you totally needed that 3-in-1 tool for slicing, pitting, and serving avocados.
You watch and share all the new Buzzfeed videos before everyone else.
It helps to be connected constantly, without fear of your boss catching you taking a break to see what weird foods they’re eating today. Or if #AshDrew will ever happen. And it’s important to know those random facts about beauty through the decades… and what happens when normal people try pinterest tutorials. Yeah, that doesn’t make you look like an anti-social hermit at all.
Still sound like something you want to do?
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Really – who would trade this cuteness for a normal nine-to-five?
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