Yes, I Do Home Based Work. No, It’s Not A Cakewalk! #WomenOnTheMove

In our weekly Twitter Chat, #WomenOnTheMove, we discussed with our readers whether to work from home is a cakewalk or a challenge. Here's what they said.

Home based work is assumed to be a piece of cake! In our weekly Twitter Chat, #WomenOnTheMove, readers bust all the myths you may have about home based working.

Here is a funny quote doing the rounds on the net about working from home: ” I am out of bed and I made it to the keyboard. What more do you want?”

The cliche no longer holds true. Over the decade, more and more companies, to boost employee morale and to retain them, offer flexible timings and home based work options. So ‘work from home’ is no longer a laughing matter. Besides, many women also run small and mid-sized businesses from home. But – this flexibility comes with a price.

Being your own boss, creating your own schedule and working when you feel like it is some of the glamour attached to remote working or home based work. This type of flexibility is a godsend for many who have family commitments, yet don’t wish to take a career break .

Yet with all its freedom, a home based work schedule can be stressful, in-fact more so when compared to the normal office-goers. A Guardian report on Work-life balance suggests that flexible options can actually make you ill as it fosters an always available culture. Employees never know when to back off.

Earlier this week, we had our weekly #Womenonthemove chat over at Twitter, and this is what we discussed. And we got plenty of suggestions too!

(If you’re not yet following Women’s Web on Twitter, do now, and you can come over for the chat too, every Thursday 6-7PM IST).

The challenges of home based work

The positives

Flexibility of home based work, both a benefit and a problem

Helpful tips

When starting out on home based work

Some last words…

Taking yourself seriously and prioritizing things helps a lot. Learning to say ‘NO’ when necessary is an essential skill too when working remotely. The good news? These skills get better with practice. So don’t give up when faced with challenges. Remember, “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”

Image: Woman writing from Pixabay


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