Work At Home and Avoid the Rush (PART VI)



When you stop to consider how much of your life is spent
being involved in your job, it is shocking. There is
rushing to get ready for work, hurrying to get to work on
time, getting all your work done, getting back home in rush
hour, getting to sleep so you can get up on time to start
the whole rut over again. Really, the only other activity
that gets as much time as work is sleep if you can squeeze
it in! You really must, you know because if you collapse
from the stress and exhaustion who will do all that you do?

If you have small children it is even more effort to get to
work, not to mention you do have responsibilities to create
a ‘home’ and to be there for your family. While as adults
we may realize the necessity of working to support our
families and we may even try to make our kids understand, to
a child’s mind the only thing that seems to stick is you
are not there. When you think about it, to a kid it is their
waking hours when you are away at work. Nice touch to be
able to spend an hour or two with them out of a 24-hour

This is why, particularly for people with kids that it makes
so much sense to work at home one way or the other; either
by convincing your employer to at least let you work from
home part-time or by starting your own business. When you
start to consider other things besides time, like money, you
have another whole level of reasoning of why it would be
best if you can make the arrangements to work at home.

Let’s calculate how much you spend on commuting/traveling
to and from work, which usually is not in any way repaid to
you by your employer. This calculation should include public
transit costs or gasoline, and if you drive, add the
parking, bridge tolls, and auto maintenance. Then there are
costs that come in the ‘getting ready for work’ category,
such as grooming, clothing, dry cleaning, etc.; along with
eating lunches out unless you have time to make a bag lunch.

If you have small children you are likely paying a large
percent of your income for child care at the minimum. Again
this is in addition to the fact that your child is growing
up without your presence most of the time. Not to make you
feel guilty as it is a fact of life, even with two parent
households, it is necessary financially to have two incomes;
but again they just don’t really understand.

When you work at home your time is really your own. Not
that you can slack off because you really do need to work at
your business aggressively, especially if self-employed.
But the point is you can work your job around your life
instead of the job running your life 90% of the time. That
means if you want to do your work at night, or half in the
morning and half at night, or maybe have a day off in the
middle of the week, that is up to you. You can then make
time for your kids activities and to participate with them –
and still get your work done on time!

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