Making the Adjustment to working from home

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Making the Adjustment to working from home
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Thu, 10-18-2012 - 3:50pm

Hi there!  I am thinking about making the move from a regular 40 hour a week government job to a more flexible work from home gig.  I have an old boss who retired and went into private practice (I do legal work) and has been on his own for just over a year now.  We had always talked about me eventually going to work for him.  After he left, I applied for a promotion to another department and received it, however, a new commissioner was appointed and he has been reworking upper management and our agency structure.  My 6 month old division of 4 people and an open position was completely chucked out and I was left to fold into the larger division, which looks now like they will not be needing the amount of staff they had due to further reworking of the organization.  While all of this was happening, I had a major health issue that caused me to reevaluate things, such as my 2-3 hours worth of commute time each day, my DH started his own business almost 3 years ago and I most of his bookkeeping/front office work on the side at home, and have 3 kids, 1 going off to college next year and 2 little ones, a 3 and 5 year old.  This has all really worn me down, the commute, having a new kindergartener who isn't adjusting well and only having about 2 hours each night to get homework done, reading, baths, dinner, and have them in bed and then cramming in any extra stuff that needs to get done around the house so that I do not spend the entire weekend catching up.  Also, because DH owns his own business, which is basically a 24/7 type job, he is gone a lot in the evenings and late into the night and weekends he's "on call" as needed. 

So I have been approached by my old boss about doing contract work for him, mostly from home.  And I am not happy with what has developed in this "promotion" and an very uncertain of the future as I have learned today that my new boss, the one person in the bigger division that I would actually want to stay working for, is resigning/retiring soon because of the situation also.  This will also give me more time to concentrate on DH's business and he can be out in the field doing what he's good at while I am home doing the paperwork that he's not very good with and can streamline operations more.  I have begun making budgets and parring expenses down in anticipation of eventually working from home.  What I am wondering is, what other adjustments should I expect?  Do you set up a schedule for yourself to try and keep yourself on track?  I am most likely going to move the youngest girl to 3 day a week daycare instead of 5 days a week, one to save money, and two to have her home a bit more for us to have a more flexible schedule.  I am just thinking, for example, on Tuesdays and Thursdays when DD is home with me, I can make sure to schedule in an hour of meal planning while she is napping, can do trips to the grocery store also when its slower, things like that. 

I have never worked from home, and in fact this past year is the first time in my life I have even every thought about wanting to stay home or work part time to be home with the kids more. Thoughts?

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-22-2003
Mon, 10-29-2012 - 10:34am

You are right to think it will be a big adjustment, but I think you will be glad you did it.  Heck, just the time saved from your commute makes it worth it!

You should absolutely make a schedule and do your best to stick to it.  Be sure to let your friends and family know that you are working from home so you don't sucked into social stuff when you meant to be productive.

It sounds like your kids and DH will be much happier having you home.  Just be sure to carve out some time to take care of you too.  You will get more done if you don't run yourself ragged!

I hope this works out for you and that you can keep in touch.  It will be an exciting transition.  Good luck.  You can do this!

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 10-30-2012 - 9:03am
Thanks! I think that is one of my biggest issues, I never have any time for myself at all, I was standing in the shower this morning contemplating how helpful it would be if we could just add 2 more hours to the day and make the world shut down from 10:30-6:30 just so everyone could have a solid 8 hours of sleep. LOL! I am continuing to work on a budget, cutting expenses, and a schedule and have a contemplated date in my head, but I also want to be a bit flexible just in case anything happens.
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Registered: 04-22-2003
Wed, 10-31-2012 - 3:53pm

Way to go!  If you become queen of the world, I will be very happy to have the extra sleep, LOL.

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Registered: 03-23-2013
Sat, 03-23-2013 - 1:00am
I just joined ivillage and I am kinda in the same boat you are. I have been commuting from my job which is almost 30 miles away and I absolutely hate it. I have 2 full time kids at home and another son that comes for visits for spring breaks, summer and holidays. I just feel like the time spent in the car is time waste not to mention the cost of gas. I just started a home based business and I am trying to get that up and running in the evenings and I find my self burning the candle at both ends. I would be great to finally be able to leave my regular job and just work from home. I am working hard towards that goal. If you can give me some more pointers on how you work your schedule that would be great. Thanks
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Registered: 04-23-2013
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 5:35am
Initially, the transition from having a full-time job in an office to working at home may seem rough, but keep at it. Whenever expenses are concerned, working from home definitely has the advantage here, since you save a lot on transportation alone. Time management-wise, it's also a big adjustment since you have to learn to juggle work tasks and chores, but this can be offset by planning your schedule effectively and anticipating any interruptions before they happen. Plot out your daily schedule and make it very detailed. Of course, don't forget to spend quality time with your family too. After all, it's so easy to get caught up in work. Make sure your schedule is balanced.