Work From Home – Is It Really Easy?

Haul of working mother is everywhere in the modern Indian society.

Work From Home - Is It Really Easy? - Working From Home With Kids

Nuclear family, no dada-dadi, kaam-chor house maid, unreliable nanny, demanding hubby and uncontrollable kiddos! Office tension, work pressure, scary boss, fishy behaviour, peet-peeche politics and jealous colleagues…

All these looks familiar to you, right! And all these are so predictive and difficult to handle. Instantly one thing that comes to mind is – ‘Oh, how I wished I could work from home?’

Is this new funda of working-from-home so easy for a mom? No commuting, no cliches of fellow workers and no sight of ugly boss! Anybody could easily imagine how wonderful it is to work in jammies from your own study or even bed room.

No issues of reaching to office on time and no worries about back home developments; no hitches of nannies and the kids are always under the nose.

Are you the one who is connecting to these phrases? Do you really think working from home is as easy as it appears to be? Oh dear, think again!

I have been working from home for past one year as a freelance writer and a blogger. I am happy to be my own boss trying to manage my work and be around my four years old son all the time.

I might not have the tension of leaving my son in creche or handing him over to a careless nanny who might over look his dangerous activities or easily forget to feed him, but I face the other set of challenges as a work-from-home mother.

Sticking to schedule becomes difficult when you are seen around all the time. Requests from family, friends and relatives pour in who think ‘she is at home anyway’. The door bell doesn’t seem to maintain silence when neighbours peek in just to say ‘Hi’ and take up at least half-an-hour. Domestic help finds it okay to bother any time of the day ‘since I am at home anyway’.

The innocent breaks – “I need to go to loo”, for young ones at home are unstoppable. The train of thoughts are dead in an instance and takes some more time to resume to what was at stake on my laptop. “Mama can you play with me for some time; Mama I want to eat ‘this’ or ‘that’ for lunch today; Mama help me with my colouring…” and all these could have been easily avoided if I were to work from an office.

Sometimes, it becomes too strenuous to watch everything happening around you and resist from giving a damn to it. It could have been easier to leave all the home-work at home and rush to office to worry only about work.

‘You are anyway at home’, so the world feels you can fix stuff like a homemaker and yet work your way to success. Why? Because you are working with comfort from your home.

The change of work place doesn’t actually take away the pressure but only shifts the focal point! If you work from home, you actually struggle to get those 6-8 hours of uninterrupted working. On the other hand, if you work from office, the chances are that you think more about home sitting on your work desk.

What is sure is – it’s not easy for a working mom and definitely not easy for a work-from-home mom. So, think twice before you plan to game in your work with the comfort of your home.

Medha, queen of queensquill.com is a freelance writer, a full-time blogger, earns on internet working from home, lives for the love of writing and breathes for the soul of her life, her son. Say Hi to this tweety Mama among many tweeple @QueensQuill who has now started catching the pace of social media.

  • Shruthi

    Oh i totally agree with you.. wfh is more demanding..
    Having worked from home for 4 months has been more difficult than ever!

  • As an online grader, i am going through this ordeal for the past 1.5 years. Was nodding my head althrough your post.

  • You have said everything that goes on in my life for past 10 months. Pity is people do not understand our work is equally important.

  • Hahahaha!!! Medha you are bang on! In my case I have a terrific nanny who takes care of my son, his parents and even the house. Too good to be true! But even then, working from home has been such an uphill task! The one person who I have a tough time convincing that I am at work is my 18 month old son. From staying hidden in the gym to work, to walking around the house on toes, I have done everything possible to build this illusion that Mommy is not at home!

  • Fab

    I know exactly what you mean!! I’m a blogger and don’t really ‘work’ from home, but I have been trying to update my programming skills while at home. I’ve set a routine and all, but what does that matter to a little boy who thinks his Mommy is available all the time? All the questions your four year old asks are exactly the ones that come out of my little one’s mouth too!!!

  • Work from home is demanding. To say the least. As an independent blogger it has very many dimensions. when working in an organisation and being answerable to people, the dimensions are very different.

    In almost all cases, people who work from home have had additional pressure of working to demonstrate as well !

    Glad you brought this up here

  • Yamini Vijendran

    I can relate to each and every word that you’ve written. You can never get more than an hour at a stretch without any interruption. I start work as soon as my son goes off to school, then within half n hour I have to dry the clothes, serve lunch to the FIL. Then its time for my own lunch and just as I sit with my lappy determined to finish a good chunk of work, it’s time for kiddo’s return!

  • Any kind of mother coming from SAHM to WAHM to WM has one thing in common Mother.. A mother is always busy!