There are far too many misconceptions about working from home. Too many people think it's easy, some people think that those who work-at-home don't really work at all, and even more think that those who work from home can't be successful or financially stable. Yeah, none of those things are true. Not only is working from home a very real, very sustainable (and often, very profitable) working situation, in many ways, working from home is harder than working in an office.
Don't believe me? Oh, well read up, my newfound friend. I started working from home immediately after I became pregnant. I thought, "Hey, I can continue to provide for my family, continue to work at a job I absolutely love, and I will be able to spend time with my future kid." What I didn't realize was that working from home is difficult. So. Damn. Difficult. My Google search quickly filled with questions like, "how to work from home" and "helpful tips for working from home" and "can you die from working from home?" because hello stress and never-ending deadlines and constant distractions.
Of course, and over time and a few trial-by-fire situations, I have settled into a routine that makes working from home much easier. But that still doesn't mean that the constant struggles have disappeared. Even now, years later, I still have days when a three-hour commute and horrible coworkers sounds better than me working in my home office, alone.
There's no denying that I completely underestimated just how taxing working from home would be, mostly because I had never done it before, but also because I had bought into all of those aforementioned misconceptions. So, in the name of transparency and myth-bashing, here are 10 reasons why working from home is actually way harder than working from an office.