The concept of working from home has certainly been gaining popularity recently and honestly I’m not surprised. With the economy the way it is, and job security being pretty much non-existent, working for yourself is not nearly as it risky as it once was. I have found working from home challenging, but enjoyable, and I’m constantly learning more about myself in the process. However, I think the fact that I’m female has resulted in a few additional challenges.
I earn money a few different ways online, but the main one is freelance writing. Personally, I love this field, although it was a little difficult to get set up into initially. One of the most interesting aspects of freelancing is that I directly interact with clients, many of whom are students. I honestly expected the people I interacted with to be professional, as I always am in my communications and interactions. However, this has been far from the case.
Female clients are fine, and I think I have an advantage with this group of clients, as many seem to find it easier to trust another female than a male. When I interact with male clients, there is a strong tendency for them to try and flirt. I actually meet some of my clients, so I have had to be very careful about the locations I choose, and make sure that I am completely professional at all times. Even then, there have been some clients who I simply refuse to work with, because I really don’t trust their intentions.
Working from home = unemployed
You would think that in this day and age, working from home would be an accepted approach, particularly because it is growing in popularity. This isn’t the case at all, and I’ve actually found that just about everyone who knows what I do has tried to get me a new job at least once. I think that this is probably the same for males and females, but being a female has created some unique aspects to this issue. In particular, a lot of my family members think that I’m pregnant, trying to be pregnant or have a kid and haven’t told them. They can’t imagine any other reason why I don’t have a ‘real’ job.
There is another side to this too. If my family or friends know that I am at home working, they think it is fine to come around and see me, or get offended if I don’t want to go out. Personally, I find it very difficult to turn down an offer to go out to lunch or to the movies, even when I know I’m meant to be working. Likewise, one friend has an irritating habit of asking me to babysit every couple of days, because after all, she works full-time, so she’s busy, while I’m home all day. Trying to work while there is a five-year-old kid in the house who will not sit still is seriously not fun.
Working from home as a woman has its challenges, but I think that is true for anyone in any job. I don’t regret my decision to not have a ‘real’ job, and I think I get more in terms of quality of life, security of work and income from what I do than many other people I know. When it comes to earning money online, regardless of what field you are in, it is seriously worth checking out Wealthy Affiliate, because there are a lot of people on there who are highly experienced and very willing to give advice.
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