Most of my online connections are work from home professionals. I know graphic designers, web developers, bloggers, public speakers and the list could go on and on. It’s amazing to think of the diverse group of entrepreneurs I have been connected to over the last eight years. While I may be connected with a lot of work from home professionals there are people who still work for an employer and often will or have said things to me over the years that could have diminished my drive to succeed.
5 Things Never to say to a Work at Home Pro
“Why don’t you get off the computer and go get a real job!”
A real job? What exactly is a real job anyways? I may be at home all day long but I make more cash in an hour than you probably make in a week. No really though, who defines what a real job is? If I am home making money and supporting the family then why do I need to get what others define as a “real job”?
“I wish I had an easy life like you!”
An easy life?! As if. This job probably takes up more hours in a day than your 40 hour work week, especially when first starting off as a work at home business. There’s nothing easy about being your own boss, from home while raising children and dealing with a marriage or relationship. If you think a work at home business is easy, why don’t you try it!
“Must be nice to work in your Pajamas”
Sure some of us who work from home may stay in our pajamas, especially during non-school days for those who have kids at home but sometimes we work from home in our actual clothes. We get up, shower and try to dress the part to ensure we feel good. Wearing your pajamas to work every day isn’t always a choice and it can bring you down into a state of depression if you do it too often. Oh yeah, and some of us have video conference calls, so yeah, we still have to dress professionally.
“I couldn’t stand not talking to adults all day”
Ummm well there’s this thing called the internet and social media. Sure we may not talk face to face with other adults in person but we get a lot of socialization. It’s as if this comment is comparable to the home school kid’s comment of how they don’t get to socialize and are like hermits. No, work at home professionals are not hermits.
“Why don’t you just work, I mean you can’t make that much money from home!”
Oh no they didn’t. This is much like the go get a real job comment. Who are you to judge what we make from home and who are you to worry about what we make from home?! If you see a work from home professional who has been doing this or is just starting out the last thing they want to hear is that you are trying to say they aren’t making bank. Seriously, go away!
The list of things you shouldn’t say to a work from home professional can go on and on. The things I have heard over the last 8 plus years are insane. Sure the first few years of being home I didn’t make a ton of money and times were hard but I kept focused, I stayed motivated and even after going back to an office job for one year in between that time, I learned quickly that there’s more money to make online than anywhere else and you get to have your own schedule, perfect for parents of all kinds!
What are some things people have said to you about working from home that makes you shake your head?