The Invisibility of Working from Home

A very Merry New Year to you all. I hope you enjoyed the festivities.

Right, now down to business, be warned, this is going to be a rant! If you don’t enjoy a good rant then read no further!…

I have had a bee in bonnet, a bee that I have tried to ignore but that has been buzzing around for the whole festive period. Here goes…

I own my own business. I spent time setting up my own business and I now make money from my business. Not like millions of monies, but enough to call it viable. Well done me right? My husband goes to work. He worked hard to get his job and he also makes monies. Well done to him right? BUT, and here comes that bee, when my husband finished for work for the Christmas break every single person we spoke to uttered the words “So, have you finished for Christmas now”, followed by “ooo, it must be nice to have a break, when are you off until?”. EVERY SINGLE PERSON.

Ask me how many people asked me the same questions, go on… NONE! Not a single person asked me when I was breaking up for Christmas. Not a single person wished me a lovely break.

Seriously! Do I not work? Do I not get up at the same time as my husband, work all day and then go to bed at the same time? Does working from home not count as work? Because I do the school run twice a day, does that mean the rest of the day I am not working? Do people know how hard I work? Do they know that whilst my husband (and I’m sorry, I have no gripe against him, he’s just the good example), that whilst he was “enjoying his much needed week off”, I was working until 4am trying to get work done during the Christmas holidays.

Just because I work from home, just because I have my own business, this does not mean that I don’t work as hard as you, or as hard as Mr Bloggs down the road!

I work too. I work hard. Give me the respect of acknowledging that and wishing me a nice break over Christmas. That’s all I ask.

And there you have it. Rant over. Phew! It’s not often I have a rant, but this hit hard. Sometimes I feel a little invisible, and this just added to that.

Do you work from home? Has anything like this ever happened to you? Share your story in the comments, I’d love to hear from you xx

Starting Your Own Business

downloadStarting your own business is…an adventure! It’s scary, it’s challenging, it consumes every aspect of your life, but it’s rewarding as hell!

Here’s a brief history of how I got there. I studied Fine Art at University and as is usually the case my first job had nothing to do with art. But I was lucky enough to be working for a small family run business, so I moulded my job and day by day showed them my artistic side until a new job was created and I was in charge of design and advertising. In my second job I did the same. I worked long hours creating design for businesses constantly thinking “why am I doing this for such little pay and no appreciation, I could be doing this for myself”. So I did.

In 2014 I got my break. I got pregnant. It was the only way I was going to get the courage to leave my job. I knew I would have a few months off for maternity leave, so what better time to test the waters and see if I could make it. Absolute madness! Who decides to start a business when they have a brand new time consuming baby about to arrive?

I sat on the sofa, unable to move due to the increased vastness of my ever growing tummy. But it was perfect. People say to relax, but I worked hard instead. I set up a website, contacted some local business and off I went. Three years later and here we are.

It’s not been easy. Yes it gives me the opportunity to stay at home with my little one instead of going out to work, which, for me, is fantastic. But it’s bloody exhausting. She naps, I work. She sleeps, I work. You don’t get the luxury of coming home from work and winding down. Home is your work and the two never leave each other’s side.

I am very lucky that I had the opportunity to do this, but it took a lot of determination and hard work. Starting your own business is not an easy thing to do, but if you really want it you can do it. I am only a fraction of the way three years down the line. But one day…one day I’ll have the success that I strive for, and all the effort will have paid off.

If you want it, you can do it! x