Working from home
There are pros and cons to all jobs even when we work from home. No job is the perfect job. Well I am yet to hear of any person that loves every aspect of their job. We get tired, stressed, endure work politics, workplace bullying, deadlines to meet, budgets to make and so on. Working from home is no different especially if it is your own business.
Numerous people comment on my working from home, whether it is family, friends or strangers saying how amazing it is that I run Centenary Nannies from home, as does Laura, however it’s like any job and isn’t all roses and peaches.
Admittedly I did set up Centenary Nannies before having my own kids and thought establishing a home based business would be a compromise with my working and having children later and being with them majority of the time. I really didn’t want to go to a place of employment when I had kids and thought this would be my work/family balance. Hmmmm I think I was living in a fairy land when I started!!
Here I am at 8.14pm writing a blog for work (now 9.27pm after I did clean the kitchen). You never stop working when you work from home. I constantly check emails. Mornings, daytime, when cooking dinner, bathing the kids, 11pm before I log off for the night and weekends (even when I go away). Modern day technology allows us to check emails wherever we are and divert the phone to mobile so the office virtually comes with me wherever I am. Being my own business and my only source of income I work hard to ensure the customer service needs are met and promptness for our families and nannies. I love being organised, efficient and on the ball so to speak however this is one of the big cons of working from home. YOU NEVER STOP WORKING. This at times can and does affect my family as I am not giving 100% to them, as I am too busy on the phone or checking emails or finding last minute babysitters. It can be tiring and draining and extremely frustrating at times but I wouldn’t change it. I find it pleasurable helping other families like us who need help. Also having been a nanny I love making sure nannies find their right families. I find it very satisfying knowing I have matched a great nanny with a caring family.
Another downside to working from home especially as we are a service is we have to answer the phone during our ‘working hours’. Hmmmm do I answer the phone whilst my 2yo is throwing a tantrum and throwing her dummy across the office and hanging off my leg???? This can be frustrating as I really want to answer the phone and help whoever it is on the other end (unless it’s one of the telemarketers we have that call us EVERY DAY) however there is no professionalism in me saying ‘hang on whilst I scream and yell at my 2yo to get off my leg, pick her dummy up and ask her to put her happy face on!!’ So we have message bank and I just hope the person leaves a message for me to call them back when I can. It can be hard, as when I call the person back they are then stuck with their screaming child in the back ground, which is ok, as I have a good few hours to wait for you whilst mine is now sleeping!! For people who have already used our services here at Centenary Nannies they know I have young kids and are very kind and very understanding and know to leave me a message. I can’t be doing too badly if we have been around 6.5years!!
Of course it’s not all doom and gloom when working from home. One of the biggest positive’s in working from home is the flexibility and is one of the biggest reasons I do work from home. It enables me to drop Ava to and from school every day, help in school tuckshop and play an active role as a helping mum. Ava especially loves when I can help in her classroom one day a week for just 30minutes. I see her excitement and eyes light up when I come into the room to help. If I worked somewhere else and not from home or for myself I wouldn’t be able to do these things and sometimes it’s the small things that help and will be the memories Ava will have from when she started school. I figure being able to attend sports carnivals and help with school and kindy activities makes up for the time I am at home in the office working whilst they play outside together or amuse themselves.
My girls do attend school and day care a couple days a week and I get my quality work done and answer calls and interview during this time on these particular days. Many folks ask why I don’t have a nanny. The reason being is if I am here they want to be with me therefore makes the nannies job 100% harder and I still get no work done! Makes more sense if they go away for a few hours play with kids their own age and have fun, are given the undivided attention of others and I help families and keep my sanity with some ‘alone time’ from my kids. I can even clean the house in peace and quickly AND with my work phone in my pocket!
Although at times I work incredibly hard (as does Laura who also has 3 kids to juggle) we have loved being able to work from home. As you can see there are pros and cons just as if I were to work with another family, in a centre or in another office however I enjoy the flexibility and being here for my girls for special functions and especially if they are sick. I have the loyalty of Laura who is always here to back me up and by my side if I need a hand and vice versa of course.
Once I get passed the fact of working all the time and on weekends or when I am away trying to enjoy family time I do love my job but as I initially said no job is perfect but working from home suits me and most of all my family as does Laura’s.
I would love to hear if you work from home and what you think of this working scenario and what you do? Is it your own business or do you have a boss who is flexible enough to allow you to work from home?