Are You Working From Home or Just Pretending?

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Last week I figured out I’ve been pretending to work from home. I found out that my 20 years of working from home have been a sham.


Thanks to my friend’s husband who claims her work-from-home job doesn’t really count because she doesn’t drive to an office every day, I realized I’ve been living a lie. Her husband hasn’t taken into account that she earns more working from home than he does in his corporate job. I guess income doesn’t matter…it’s where you work.

The truth hurts.

Who am I to think that I’m actually working with clients, earning more money than I did in my corporate job, and making a difference in people’s lives? Apparently, everything related to my business isn’t real.

I was so upset when I discovered this lie I’ve been living, I drove to another friend’s high-rise office to see a “real job” in action. My friend was supposed to meet me at 9:00, but she was stuck in traffic. She finally made it to the office at 9:20, grabbed a cup of coffee, and then showed me her office.

I looked at her desk. Interesting…it had a lap drawer and two file drawers on the side. My desk looks the same but I have to remind myself that I work at a pretend desk. Then I looked at her laptop. She uses a Dell while I use a MacBook Pro. Does having a Mac mean I don’t have a real business? Damn you, Steve Jobs! I counted on you to help me compete with the big guys.

During the short time I was in her office, three co-workers interrupted us to tell her about donuts in the conference room, to ask a question she had already answered the day before, and to find out where she wanted to go for lunch that day. Maybe her job is more real because there are other people working nearby.

As I ended my unscientific research project, I realized one major difference: she has a boss. There’s no boss in my pretend office, unless you count the family dog. At times he can be a bit demanding. I also realized that if pretending to work in my home office involves avoiding a commute, working without a boss and wearing comfortable clothes, I’m fine pretending to work every day.

It’s a good thing that the large check I just deposited from my major client cleared right away. I’m not good at pretending I don’t need the money.

So, I’m officially thanking my friend’s husband for helping me realize I’m actually pretending to work from home.

I only hope my clients understand.

Do you know anyone who thinks you’re not working because you work from home?


  1. I guess I’ve been pretending too!
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  2. I think most of the people I know – especially those “working” parents who ask me to pick up their kids, let their dog out, etc… etc. Thankfully, my husband isn’t one of those who think I don’t work because I work at home. Although my son accused me of just playing on the computer all day!
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  3. I have both kinds of offices- and no boss (sorry, folks, I’m still your boss whether I work from home, our office, or the clients’ facilities)…
    And, my work is always pretend. I have to pretend that the problems that pop up each hour of each day can’t ruin our business, the business of our clients, or the relationships among the other folks around… Because, by doing so, I (and all of us) can work together to keep things running optimally and making a profit…
    Let’s hear it for pretending…Because until I die- and our corporation dies as well, we’ll keep on keeping on doing what we do- which is to help folks make a profit!
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  4. I guess I’ve been pretending too. I wonder why I’m so tired at the end of the day… maybe I’m just “pretend” tired. Love the post. When I tell people that I work from home, their eyes glaze over. Sigh.

    • I get pretend tired too. If only I could learn to pretend sleep. Unfortunately, I like the real thing too much!

      Sometimes I get the same response when I tell people I work from home. Either they say that they wish they could work from home or they admit they couldn’t do it because they would get too distracted.
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  5. Well, huh … I thought for sure that was real money I get that has been paying real bills, especially during the 15 months my hubby was laid off a couple years ago! :-)

    Great post!! Honestly, I think people who work those “real” jobs are just jealous of us with our “pretend” jobs.

    By the way – I am typing this on a MacBook Pro, too! 😉
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  6. If those are the characteristics, then I guess most of the time those 50 hrs I am pretending each week for a paycheck to pay the bills are at least productive pretending!

  7. This makes me so happy :)
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  8. Oh my God! Almost everyone! Check out my latest post. I “ranted” about it there.
    It used to hurt me bad. Not anymore! 😀
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  9. Maria Araujo says:

    Those folks have tiny minds! They can’t begin to comprehend all we do.

    Especially those who ask us for favors or drop by for a visit….unscheduled/uninvited….. and then can’t take a kind hint to…..leave. Do I go visit you at work?!

  10. Really?? You mean the money I transfer from PayPal to my bank account is not real? I’ve been paying my bills with monopoly money? But I never get any notices that my bills are overdue…hmm I wonder why??

    I like pretending to work at home and I’ll keep making monopoly money. :)

  11. I love this post! So tongue in cheek but OH SO TRUE!! We really don’t get taken seriously by everyone do we?
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