Hello! I Work From Home.

Yes. I’m so cool. I work from home on my own clients. And when I started with my very first client, I was overwhelmed with pride and immediately made a list of all the great things about working from home. I also showed-off majorly to everyone who cared to listen. Most of the people in the Army don’t really understand and / or give a damn about ‘Digital Media’ and ‘Social Media’, but I yapped endlessly about how awesome it is. Well, that was when I was new at it.

Yeah. That phase has thankfully passed me now, as a year later I have discovered the flip side to working from home. Well, I’m not really upset at the discoveries because you know, all things have a flip side (Why God Why!!). I’m just a bit disappointed because while I was working full time, I secretly had a major grudge against all those who worked as consultants, free from all evil things like a boss, office hours and office bitches (remember my office fat bitch who almost ruined my work-life? If not read this post here).

Hmm. So I’ve made two lists – the amazing and the terrible sides of working from home. Here we go:

The Terrible –

  • You make your own coffee.
  • No Gossip to take the stress of work away.
  • You don’t get a feeling of achievement after spending 20 minutes in the washroom or at a coffee break.
  • No satisfaction of making looooong phone calls from the work phone. Better still, the office land line.
  • No fun in pretending your laptop has crashed, and taking data – backup is no more an excuse to loiter around.
  • No one to blame your silly mistakes on (Damn).
  • Considerable degradation of social skills.
  • No more invitations to hot parties.
  • No free goodies from Yahoo!, Google and the likes (This I really miss!)

The Amazing –

  • There is no Office. NO – OFFICE! (Say it aloud once, its liberating!)
  • No Office Politics for you to get unwillingly or stupidly involved in, like when you are innocently informing your colleague about how your bitch-of-a-supervisor is secretly having an affair with the overweight-and-arrogant-yet-cute AVP, and your super boss hears every word. Not your fault, I know – dangerous nonetheless.
  • No Boss to boss you around. Suddenly you feel like you own the world.
  • No waking up early OR not having to face your outraged boss for arriving late. (I have signed the office register in red pen a zillion times, I know how it feels)
  • No dressing up – you can work in your cute red shorts and the power-puff girls faded Tee
  • No traveling to the office
  • Not getting traffucked on the roads
  • No colleagues to interrupt your work (or your Facebook and YouTube session)
  • Eating out reduced drastically, you eat healthier food.
  • Sense of ownership. You are the boss of you!
  • Pride. If the campaign / client does well, the glory is all yours!

And the last point pretty much makes up for everything negative. Honest.

There you go. Both sides of the coin. Now decide what do you want for yourself.

Post Author: Aditi Mathur Kumar

Author of 2 books. TEDx Speaker. Travel Writer. Blogger. Addicted to Travel & Books. Digital Media Strategist. Social Media Girl. Army Wife. Mom. Curious. Crazy.

24 thoughts on “Hello! I Work From Home.

    Vikas P Goel

    (November 1, 2010 - 6:28 pm)

    Also , No free coffee , Don't get to use office printer for personal color printouts, No free calls from work phone 🙂

    Actually be it work from home or not , but one should always Work For Home.

    Tripti Khanna

    (November 1, 2010 - 6:56 pm)

    LOVED it! Glad to see your post babe! And for the record, I still think working from home is better.


    (November 2, 2010 - 5:58 am)

    No boss and no traffic …. you've got a convert!


    (November 3, 2010 - 6:28 pm)

    Great to see u back!
    Nice lists, I must say…

    Work from home is azaadi in real sense!

    Red Hat

    (November 6, 2010 - 3:43 am)

    Loved your blog. You have got a regular here 🙂


    (November 6, 2010 - 3:45 am)

    I loved the woring frm home list. I hope to do so soon. Amen!


    (November 6, 2010 - 3:49 am)

    Good post.
    Keep writing.


    (November 6, 2010 - 4:12 am)

    Eating out reduces? I'm in!
    haha. Good post, enjoyed it throughly.


    (November 6, 2010 - 5:49 am)

    Lucky You.


    (November 6, 2010 - 5:49 am)

    Lucky You.


    long roads

    (November 11, 2010 - 3:13 pm)

    Not at all helpful girl, for those who are working their ass off at offices 🙁 🙁 🙁

    Other than that, HILARIOUS as always.


    (November 25, 2010 - 1:30 pm)

    lol!..the "making your own coffee" does tilt it in favour of working from office:-)I was working fulltime once and now work from home.. so i hear you !

    Tanmi Gold

    (November 26, 2010 - 10:00 am)

    Hey Aditi!
    You just spoke my heart here. =)
    But as you said, theres pros n cons to everything, we have to get used to it…may be with a coffee.


    (November 26, 2010 - 7:38 pm)

    pretty good post, I dont know how it feels to work from home, but looking at what u said it u must be fun. but i prefer to have people around while working anyday!
    heheh! I wish there was a -like- button here like in facebook.


    Irregular Arrhythmia

    (November 30, 2010 - 12:07 pm)

    posting this while working from home. love the words. @ a stay and work from home dad.


    (December 1, 2010 - 7:14 pm)

    Just saw you mention your blog on twitter and checked it out of boredom. Now I'm stuck here. You are an awesome writer! I laughed at all the three posts I read so far. Digging up the archives now.
    Keep writing.

    -Kriti Arora

    Ankit Gupta

    (December 3, 2010 - 1:54 pm)

    Love the post! Blogrolling you right now!

    Adi Crazy

    (December 10, 2010 - 3:21 pm)

    Vikas: It is all there sir. Working from home also means no one to monitor how you're wasting your time on a blog post 😀

    Tripti: Gee, thanks Tripti!

    Phoenixritu: I hear ya! 🙂

    Akanksha: Azaadi, yesss!! 🙂

    Red Hat: Thanks a ton! Your link doesn't seem to be working BTW.

    Reshu: So you finally did manage to read my blog huh? *shrieks with joy*

    Adi Crazy

    (December 10, 2010 - 3:21 pm)

    Seema: Danke. I try. 🙂

    Deeksha: It sure does 😉 And thanks.

    Anon/Keval : I know, right? BTW, which side are u on?

    Long roads: Haha! Thank you!

    Adi Crazy

    (December 10, 2010 - 3:22 pm)

    Bedazzled: Finally someone who is in the same boat! We must have a chat and/or a bitching session. A vent, really. 🙂

    Tanmi Gold : Can I say I am glad to see you here, apart from twitter? Thank a LOT for the generous compliments 🙂

    Adi Crazy

    (December 10, 2010 - 3:22 pm)

    Impressionist : Having ppl around while working is a luxury for me now 😐 Thanks for the compliment 😀

    Irregular Arrhythmia : Haha! BTW, how does on comment on your posts? I didn't see a comment link :-

    Adi Crazy

    (December 10, 2010 - 3:23 pm)

    Kriti: Awww..thanks a bunch Kriti! Hope you get stuck here longer 😉

    Ankit: Do that! heehee


    (December 14, 2010 - 1:07 pm)

    Loved it. Soon I am also starting work from home.


    (January 24, 2011 - 4:43 am)

    Very rightly said Aditi….I can very well relate to all of this since I also work from home.

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