Many people dream of working from home. Not having to do the daily 9 to 5 seems like paradise in theory. The reality is rather different. Working from home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and sometimes I think a regular job, any job, would be easier.


For starters, when you work from home you are always “at work” – you never get to leave work and go home. What might be a 37.5 or 40 hour working week at a job, can easily turn into a 60, 70 or even 80 hour working week when you work from home.


The next thing is your friends won’t take your work seriously. After all you’re at home all the time so why can’t they just pop round for a coffee or call you up for a chat any time they feel like it?


If you’re a woman working from home, while your partner leaves home to go to work, you will still be expected to do all the stay-at-home wife duties like the cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing plus the shopping and general errand running. Your kids and your mother will also not understand that you are working unless you actually leave the house. Your pets understand even less why you won’t walk them or play with them.

There are countless other distractions as well. The phone rings, the doorbell rings and it’s a delivery man with a package that isn’t for you but for somebody else in the street who “works” so you don’t mind taking it in for them do you?

Working from home does have its compensations of course. If you feel like taking a weekday off and working Saturday instead, you can. If you want to start work at 5am and have your lunch break at 9.30am you can. But a dream, it isn’t.