Common Myths About Working From Home

I’ve been working from home for a few months now, and because of that I have heard several myths about what it’s like to work from home. Whether you work for yourself and your office is in your home, or if you telecommute and work for someone else, I’m sure you’ve heard some of the…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: June 4, 2023

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Common Myths About Working From HomeI’ve been working from home for a few months now, and because of that I have heard several myths about what it’s like to work from home.

Whether you work for yourself and your office is in your home, or if you telecommute and work for someone else, I’m sure you’ve heard some of the myths below as well.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE working from home, and I wouldn’t change a thing. However, some people have said certain things to me that really make me laugh. Working from home is still work.

I understand that not everyone works from home (although, I did read a statistic in an article the other day that said 30% of workers actually work from home) and the thought itself can seem unattainable, but it is possible for you if you want it. Also, I’m not mad at anyone for anything that is said to me, because I know that I used to think some of the same things.

Here are common myths about working from home.

You’ll have time to work out all the time.

This is something I thought would be true for myself. I thought that I would especially have time since we have a full gym in our basement. Yes, I have been doing better when it comes to working out, but it took a long time for me to get to this point – and I’m still not perfect.

I don’t like to work out until I get the majority of my work done for the day, and I think that’s my problem. I use work as my excuse. There will always be work, and I just need to have a set schedule for when I workout so that I can stop making excuses.

 

Aren’t all work from home jobs scams?

When I tell people what I do, they usually don’t believe it. Many people think that most home businesses are scams. I can see why some people would think this, considering I see so many home scams all the time.

Not all work at home jobs are scams. I have a legitimate business! Just like anyone else who has a business, mine is a business as well.

 

It’s easy to just stop working.

When you have your own business, it can be very difficult to completely stop working. Whenever we go on a trip, I almost always continue working the same amount that I do when I am at home. When you are a business owner, I feel that (especially in the beginning) you want to bust your butt off to make your business successful. It can be hard to separate work and life.

 

You’re not actually working.

For some reason, many people associate working from home with not doing any work at all. Boy, are they wrong! I have even had people not believe me and then ask for a full schedule of what I do each day to prove myself.

I’ve had several people ask me what I do all day long. Umm hello, I WORK! And, I’m working harder than ever before.

 

You will spend all of your time on social media.

This is something that I thought would happen to me. However, I’ve noticed that I’m on websites like Twitter and Facebook much less than when I had my day job. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m probably still on it too much!

 

You won’t have a social life.

I’m often asked if I get lonely working from home. Considering before I switched to self-employment I worked independently in an office and hardly ever had human contact, I can honestly say that the answer is no. I talk to people all day long, it’s just not face to face.

 

You will spend all of your time in pajamas. 

This one is TRUE, especially for me. Ah, I wear pajamas so much that I call myself disgusting all the time. Don’t worry, I still do my hair and makeup every day. Now, yoga pants are just a part of my daily outfit.

What myths have you heard? Anyone else experience the same thing?

 


Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

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  1. Hi Michelle. I’ve been working from home for the past few years. The problem I have found is trying not to do too much work – or more specifically not taking enough breaks. I find that I sometimes start meandering around the internet, not really achieving much, probably because I just need a short break. When I take more breaks, I get more quality work done.

    I also workout regularly. I try and look at it as part of my work. I have set days and times to train, and stick to that. I try to remind myself that in the long run it is contributing to my work. This helps keep it important in my week.

    1. Yes, more breaks are often needed. Forcing yourself to work usually does not work.

  2. As someone who unfortunately has to bring work home all the time, I can definitely agree that working from home can be just as hard or accomplishing as doing work at work. In fact there are some days where I’ve had to stay at home while one of my kids is sick, and I’ve gotten more production than if I had been at my desk! I think the major difference is interruptions. At work you are constantly having to help other people, answer phones, go to meetings, etc. All distractions from the real task at hand!

    #3 is my big worry if I were to ever start my own business. Knowing that all the revenue contributes to my own bottom line, I’m sure I’d find myself working 24/7 to max that out each and every month (until I eventually burn out).

    1. Yes, a lot of the time I find myself working like crazy. Lately, I have been trying to work more “normally” though.

  3. I’ve been working from home a lot recently and it’s definitely not the case that you all of a sudden have tons of time for everything. At least it doesn’t feel that way. I’ve heard it plenty of times from other places but it’s definitely true that it becomes hard to separate work life from home life. That’s something I need to get much better at.

    1. Yes, it can get hard to separate work life and home life when you work from home. I still love it though!

  4. I hear this one from time to time:

    “Aren’t all work from home jobs scams?”

    I don’t think people realize that I have a real job that pays real money that just *happens* to be from home. Maybe if I rented an office and went there every day it would seem more legit =)

    1. Haha, I actually tell people that all the time. “So, if I leased office space, would my job be real?”

  5. I would like spending more time on social media. That’s been something that has held my blog back a bit – just having limited time to connect with people because of my full-time job.

    1. Yes, connect more on social media Brian. It’s fun and helpful!

  6. I only work from home about once or twice a month, but I think I would be able to find time to work out much easier if I worked from home. The reason? With no commute I would be able to shift that time to working out. I hear you though about there always being more work to do.

    1. Yes, I wish I could say the same. For some reason, I always find something else to do instead of working out.

  7. Great article Michelle! I just don’t know how do people who are not working at home can make those assumptions, even though, they haven’t tried it themselves.

  8. You’re so right about all of these!
    The ‘You’re not actually working’ is a big one and also means that people think you’re available at the drop of a hat if they want to call round, ask for help, invite you out etc.
    In fact it’s been such a theme for me that the tagline of my new website ( BetterWorkingAtHome.co.uk is “Just because I work at home doesn’t mean it’s not a proper job!’ πŸ˜€

  9. I wonder about the importance of your workspace when working from home. I imagine that I would need a better desk and better chair to stay productive. I don’t think I could get real work done on my couch with my laptop.

    1. Yes, I think a dedicated work space is important as well. Thanks Dave!

  10. I work from home a little each day…and then head into the office for my day job. I confess, I do work in my PJs as long as I possibly can. LOL.

    1. Haha yes, I love working in my PJs!

  11. Stephanie@Mrs.Debtfighter

    It seems a lot of people have a hard time dealing with/understanding anything that is not the “norm” so they criticize and judge! πŸ™‚

  12. I have a hard time working and being productive from home. Unless there are deadlines I probably do things at the last minute.

    1. Yes, it can be hard to be productive. Luckily, I’m getting better at it!

  13. I’d have issues with the PJs one for sure. I tend to stay in my pjs on the weekend until I actually have to leave my apartment. I find it amusing when people think you wouldn’t be working hard. If your income is all in your control because you run your own business then obviously you’re working your ass off! I’m not surprised your driven to work harder, especially because it seems you enjoy this work more so you probably have energy for longer periods of time.

    1. Yes, I definitely have more energy for longer periods of time now, which is nice!

  14. I agree with the working out myth because it combines with the ability to stop working myth. I always feel that any time out of my home (working out included) detracts from progress I can make on work and more often then not, work wins over working out.

    1. Glad I’m not alone. Seriously, I thought I was a weirdo.

  15. So what is your work from home job? I’m curious!

    1. Hey Jessica,

      I have my own business. You can check it all out here – https://www.makingsenseofcents.com/extra-income

  16. I know, I need to start waking up and working out, but all of those emails are just calling my name!

  17. I usually have to defend myself when people direct some of these myths my way. No one ever believes me!

  18. My husband has worked from home from years, and he’d agree with you on most of these points. And he also wears his pajamas most of the day. πŸ˜‰

    1. What does your husband do? πŸ™‚

  19. Oh man, it is really hard to get out of yoga pants most days! Doing hair and makeup definitely helps πŸ™‚

    1. Haha yes, at least I do my hair and makeup everyday! πŸ™‚

  20. I find one of the most common myths is that people think I’m just “messing around” on the computer and can be interrupted at any time. I don’t think “non bloggers” realize how much time and effort it can take to research, write, edit, format, publish and promote a decent blog post. Furthermore, once you’re “in the zone” when it comes to writing, there’s nothing more annoying that being interrupted as it can take AGES to get back into it πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, I agree! A lot of time goes into creating a good blog post.

  21. I bet it’s much harder when you have a child at home when you are trying to work. Just trying to work with my two dogs can get tiring! Haha

    1. Haha sounds like you have a handful!

  22. Kasia

    Hi Michelle
    While I don’t work from home, I do try to do so at weekends on the part time business I want to develop. I’ve found that getting a bit of exercise before breakfast and going into the home office means no excuses not to do any later on.
    The Internet can be a huge time waster. I find that once I start looking at social media and different blogs I can’t stop. So now, before I do anything else I make sure to complete at least three tasks of the to do list, that way at least I’ve been somewhat productive.

    1. Yes, I always try to complete important tasks before I hop onto any social media websites.

  23. I think the hardest part for me would be stopping working. I’d have to set up much better work/life boundaries than I have right now. I don’t interact with people a lot at work but I like having officemates. I think if I were working from home I’d go out in the community to work just to be around people for part of the day.

    1. I had officemates, but we never really talked. I guess that’s what happens when you only work with much older men…

  24. I haven’t really worked from home with my current job. When I have it’s because I’m sick and I decided to stay in instead of going into the office. But I don’t think that’s a good representation of working from home. I think I would enjoy it if I had the freedom to work home every once in a while.

    1. Yeah, working from home when I was sick from my day job wasn’t really the same. I felt like I never got anything done on those days.

  25. The First Million is the Hardest

    I find I actually work more on the days I work from home. Without the allure of leaving the office to go home, I keep working well past my normal stopping time. It is nice to work in my pajamas and take breaks to hang out with my dog though, so it’s still better than being in the office!

    1. Yes, I love taking breaks to hang out with my pups πŸ™‚

  26. The problem for me would be the “always more work to do” part. I would be determined that if I just kept working and working that I could break through.. The fact that I have a day job that “pays the bills” keeps me grounded a bit.

    1. Yeah, it can be hard to stop working. I feel like I’ve been on the laptop all day!

  27. Some of these made me chuckle. I couldn’t handle being in my pajamas all day!

    1. Haha I love my yoga pants!

  28. The pajamas are so true!

    And I wish I had a partner to workout with me!

    1. It’s almost noon and I’m still in my pjs πŸ™‚

  29. Great post Michelle. Thank you for going over the myths. I have worked from home most of my life. Actually, I coach others who work from home. I have been through many obstacles that working from home provides all at different stages of my life . Having clear goals and a daily action plan helps you get more done!

    Doreen Dilger, The Home Based Business Coach

    1. Thank you Doreen πŸ™‚

  30. Tara @ Streets Ahead Living

    As someone who works better with structure, I can see the need for scheduling myself would hamper additional goals while working. As far as your workout goals are, it might be best to try working out first before you do work. As you say, there’ll always be work to do but at least if you get that out of the way, it would enable you to continue working and feel less guilty about doing so.

    And I don’t have work today due to a snow day and I’m still in my PJs, lol. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Tara! Lately, I have been trying to work out in the middle of the day. And, luckily it seems to be working! It’s nice to have a little break in between work.

  31. Shawna @ GraduatingInDebt.com

    Having been self-employed and working from home for almost 5 years now, I can totally relate to most of this post. And yes, I’ve pretty much lived in my pajamas the entire time πŸ˜€

    I think one of the best things about being able to work from home is not having to drive to work when it snows (like today/yesterday)! I hear my neighbors scraping ice of their car windows and feel super thankful that I don’t have to leave the house.

    1. Yes, I am so happy that I don’t have to drive in this crazy weather lately!

  32. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans

    Personally, I like working out before all of my work. After work, I’m way too exhausted to do anything!

    1. I wish I could do that. All I can think about is all of the emails that are waiting for me!

  33. When I started to blog FT, most of my friends thought that I just sit around all day and hang out. Even my mom asks me to tell her what I do on a dily basis. I think I’ve told her 3 or 4 times now!

    1. Haha yes, everyone tends to think that I just sit there. I get the “What do you DO all day?” all the time.

  34. Rebecca

    I work from home myself and find that not dressing to go to the office everyday was pretty fun at first, but I have started again, I find that ‘dressing’ for work helps me get in the right frame of mind for the day. That and I also cheat a little πŸ™‚ I use the services of Virtual Assistance’s. Make’s getting things done so much easier πŸ™‚ if any one is interested I find that vaplacements.com are well worth considering.

  35. This is why I love side hustling. I can take my work with me wherever I go. Even on vacation, I’m still creating content in my mind and sometimes jotting down notes on my phone using speech recognition and saving bits & pieces in a document before publishing the final edit. I never liked getting up in the morning and going to work for a can of beans paycheck, but I did what i had to do back in the day for an honest paycheck. Not one day in my life have I ever held a steady job because someone somewhere always thought I wasn’t worth it. But lo and behold, now that I have a better understanding of online marketing, side hustling, content marketing and working for myself as a webpreneur and future “side hustle millionaire,” I can truly say I love this line of work and I can testify that working from home or anywhere online for yourself is NOT a scam. In fact, it’s alot more work than a traditional 9 to 5 cushy day job, but a beautiful labor of love although there’s no guarantees in this line of work that you’ll ever earn one dime from affiliate marketing, blogging and side hustling. If your heart is in this and you create quality content, anyone can become a [side hustle millionaire].