Jeffs Reviews

I review computer hardware and software, consumer electronics, kitchen gadgets and tools. Almost all I know about computers comes from hands on learning on the internet on my own, no classes or college in computers. I have built a few computers on my own and do all the work for all the reviews I write, contacting the companies myself and asking for things I am interested in purchasing myself. I work hard to bring you my opinions of the things I review and hope you enjoy my writing.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Work from home, can you handle it?

Work from home, is it everything its cracked up to be?

I work from home and have really settled into my work with a vengeance. Yes, its great to be able to hop out of bed, grab a cup of coffee and my morning meal and jump onto the computer. But is it that great?

First off my situation is a lot different than other people's, I choose to do this due to my situation and my talent for writing. Many people will not be able to work from home as easily as I have. Others can but will find it difficult to do as they think differently than I do, you need to think like it's a job and even a career.

I start off my day when the wife goes off to work herself, at a daycare. I work from home and do work, hard. I spend my day writing, checking out products and doing occasional errands for my work, shipping items or running to the store for product pricing or getting additional things for my reviews like ink for printers, accessories and even other products to use as a comparison.

I spend probably eight to eleven hours a day working, five or six days a week. I get up at seven and by seven thiry I am starting up my computers and getting organized for the day, without fail. I have regular business hours as I do get deliveries from that magical 7 AM when FedEx and UPS start delivering. I end my day usually checking mail and a few websites for new products around 10 PM.

In between I will stop for lunch, usually around 12 or 1 and then again about 3 I stop for an hour TV break, Peopl's Court, and to start dinner if I am not too busy. I will watch TV while working sometimes if there are some shows on I like but I usually work from around 6 or 7 to ten at night. Some nights I stop and watch tv, usually Tuesdays for NCIS and Hell's Kitchen but most of the week I spend working in the evening.

I work Saturdays and Sundays when my family schedule allows but sometimes we go out of town for family time or visiting the relatives but I am always flexible. My two sons are involved with 4-H and sometimes I have to go with them as driver or just to help out, like today. This schedule is flexible and that is what makes it work for me.

If you think working from home is all bells and whistles, or working in your PJ's the shippers would not agree, they would not appreciate me signing for a package in my underwear. I also do not make a lot of money even though I do get to keep some of the products I review. Its not the dream job but I am working toward getting more into writing and doing something other than this in the future, writing for better pay.

If you want to work from home you have to make it a regular job with set, but flexible hours. But do not think it is all the fun and games it may seem like. I am not making tons of money because I don't drive to work, I do have lots of flexibility so it evens out for me.

Any job is just that, work and how much effort you put into it is going to show in what you earn from it, an office job is just as much work as anything else.

You have to put effort into anything you do if you want to get the rewards from it. That is the main point for any job anywhere.