I love being my own boss. I set my own hours, pick and choose my customers, and never report into an office.
I must admit though. Sometimes working from home sucks.
The hilarious folks at The Onion seem to agree. They published a fantastic graphic contrasting working in an office and working from home across 10 categories like hours, dress code, and cake.
Here are some of our favorites.
1. The Hours
Working in an office: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Working from home: 9:00-9:45, 10:20-11:30, 12:45-12:55, 1:30-2:00, 3:00-3:50, 4:18-4:21, 9:00-midnight.
Midway through writing this blog post, I left my desk to pick up something posted to my neighborhood’s buy nothing group on Facebook. It was zebra print fabric for a zebra parade and it was fabulous.
When you work from home — just like The Onion pointed out — you never know when just the right opportunity will come along to distract you.
2. The Commute
Working in an office: Enough of a drive to listen to the entire Van Halen discography 1.7 times per week.
Working from home: Barely enough time to get to that part in Eruption where the guitar drops out before blazing right back.
I hate commuting with a passion, but nothing creates a boundary between home and work like a short commute to and from an office.
Plus, if you don’t have a commute, when will you listen to all these great small business podcasts?
Seriously, y’all. Daddy’s gotta get his Guy Raz fix!
3. The (Lack of) Camaraderie
Working in an office: Avoided.
Working from home: Missed.
One of the biggest reasons working from home sucks is the lack of camaraderie. Even as an introvert, I still enjoy having humans around – as long as they maintain a safe distance.
No wonder being around humans is one of the top five reasons you should considering joining a coworking space.
4. The Dress Code
Working in an office: Business casual.
Working from home: Biggest blanket.
Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad. Moving on…
5. Family Conflicts
Working in an office: Exacerbated by never being around.
Working from home: Exacerbated by always being around.
The long hours and financial rollercoaster of entrepreneurship causes enough headaches in the homes of small business owners. Working from home just increases the stress by increasing your loved ones’ exposure to you when you’re the least fun to be around!
If this sounds familiar, check out Nicole Cottrell’s five tips for entrepreneurs who are simultaneously building a marriage and a business.
6. How It Feels to Have a Productive Day
Working in an office: Weird.
Working from home: Very weird.
Productivity is the key to a successful workday. I mean, if we were watching cat videos on YouTube all day, they wouldn’t call it work. Right?
As an entrepreneur, it’s your responsibility to build an environment that facilitates productivity – whether you choose to work in an office or work at home.
So choose, but choose wisely, because your small business’s success depends on you!