Things only those who work from home know

  • CW kidsThe mess generated from simply being in the house is astronomical… Coffee cups, plates, junk spread all over the dining table…
  • The office you imagined working from isn’t where you actually work – either because the Pinterest inspired clean, organised workspace never materialised or because you work from the sofa/bed…
  • You have to repeatedly explain that you actually WORK during work hours so you aren’t available for coffee or to sign for everyone else’s Amazon packages.
  • It’s possible to spend several days without leaving the house or speaking to another human being (except maybe the Amazon delivery man)
  • Wearing proper shoes becomes terribly exciting
  • Escaping to a coffee shop for a couple of hours seriously regenerates your brain
  • You feel incredibly smug when people complain about the unbearable commute or the horrible weather, as you sit in your home office (most probably whilst wearing PJs and switching a heater on).
  • You do quite often send emails before getting dressed
  • And before going to bed – bonus points if you remember to set your Outlook to delay sending these till the next morning, over achievers set this to 8:30am, the rest of us make it 9am.
  • Your neighbours will think you have some immoral way of earning a living or are unemployed… because you never leave the house and dress like a student
  • Christmas parties, whilst you hated them as an employee, are actually really fun!
  • You miss the office banter – talk radio is a poor replacement
  • You consider duct taping the cat’s mouth shut when on conference calls
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  1. Sarah Jones on 16 November, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I agree with all of these!

    Also, on your coffee break you hang out the washing.

  2. Heather Greig on 17 November, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I agree Caroline – my biggest issue is trying to convince my husband that I am actually running a business and am not spending all day doing ‘coffee and nails! If only!

  3. Karina Bailey on 8 January, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Agree on all points, especially:

    Your neighbours will think you have some immoral way of earning a living or are unemployed… because you never leave the house and dress like a student

    I’ve also become my streets parcel collection service…everyone’s out at work so they get left with me!…I’ve even got the postman wondering.

  4. amanda shons on 12 January, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Had to laugh at the duct taping cat’s mouth shut – we have three bengals and you can guarantee that as soon as that important call comes in they will start to cry like babies!

    • Caroline on 12 January, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Funnily enough, mine is a Burmese! These Asian cats have some serious noise inside them!

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