My Love-Hate Relationship with Working From Home.
I’ve been working from home for over three years now, & let me be the first to tell you: it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
I consider myself to be a “serial entrepreneur.” A “Jane of all trades,” perhaps an expert at very few. I’ve never known for certain what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I always knew what kind of woman.
A lot of you already know my story: I opened a women’s clothing boutique with my best friend about six years ago… lived & breathed that store every single waking second & then went to bed at night, only to dream about it too. I closed my doors after almost 3 years for lots of reasons… & when I did, I lost my sense of purpose in the process.
I had devoted everything I had to writing the biz plan, building the storefront & doing my very best to running that business, so after closing up shop, I knew I needed a break (& I was fortunate enough to be able to take one.) I quickly remembered how terrible I am with free time, so I started spending my days researching everything I could about blogging, social media & content marketing. I was obsessed. And it felt awesome to have something to obsess over again.
Then one day D. came home & pointed out that I was still wearing the same pjs I had been for 5 straight days. In fact, the only time I had moved from the exact same spot on the couch with my laptop in hand was to go to bed. “Working from home is not for you, babe. This is not good for your soul.”
And he was right.
The idea of being able to stay in yoga pants all day long, hair in a messy bun & not have to put on a bra was amazing at first. And, in reality, it still is amazing at least one day a week for me. But on the daily, working from home does not result in me living my best life.
So, I founded The Dostal House: a women’s workspace, retail boutique & social club. I love being my own boss: being in complete control of my level of success, having a flexible schedule & complete location freedom is a perk, for sure. But I know that, as a solopreneur, I suffer from an extreme case of tunnel vision. I’m a heads down-grind it out, type of person… & often put myself on my own little island, because of this.
This is why I founded The Dostal House.
There is something special that happens when women on a mission gather together in the same space. It’s pure, unbridled *magic.* The benefits I receive from surrounding myself with women committed to supporting one another, encouraging one another & mentoring one another is exactly why I’m not cut out to work from home 100% of the time.
Being a soloprenuer or entrepreneur is a freaking roller coaster of a ride, often times feeling like it’s one step forward, two steps back… & having women that understand what this is like first hand, while also being a wife, mother, sister, friend & every other hat we, as women, wear on the daily is irreplaceable.
The creative energy… the connection made… the collaboration that results… it is literal magic!
And it’s not just for women who’ve started their own businesses.
There is strength in numbers & power in coming together. Some of my favorite conversations ever have happened in the Living Room, on topics like “why do we, as women, hesitate to speak up meetings?” & “I want to bust through the glass ceiling at my company, but the leadership team is comprised of men & they are afraid to sponsor me.”
Ladies, I get all giddy when I start talking about the fact that women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in our country & that it’s time to change this. And, when I’m sitting at home in my house robe, I don’t get this kind of stimulation.
While some days, working from home is exactly what I need… surrounding myself with other women who are dedicated to living their best lives definitely pushes me to always keep pushing myself to better my best, both personally & professionally.
What do you think of working from home?