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?