I work from home a lot. The nature of my job means that I am either out in the field, performing and collecting video footage, or that I am at home, editing video footage or managing social media, websites, and anything else that is thrown my way… which is a lot.
As a result, people tend to think that I don’t actually work, or, at the very least, that I don’t work hard, yet no one that I know has ever spent hours in front of a screen, editing a video, listening to the same dialogue again… and again… and again. No one that criticizes me delves deeply into the realms of marketing analysis- or even knows how to check their own analytics. No one that wrinkles their noses at me and tells me to get a “real” job knows just how difficult and time-consuming downloading, uploading, and fixing hardware and software really is. No one that says these things to me has ever sacrificed hours of sleep to finish a video project on time because their day was taken up with little “you have time to do this for me” odd jobs by other people.
Just because I work from home does not mean that I have all the time in the world to do fifteen bazillion home improvement projects or that I just sit around on the computer and play games all day. Yes, there are periods in my job that are busier than others. Yes, I do have free time during some days of the week. But I also work nearly nonstop on the weekends, when other people get time off (and by nonstop, I mean a good portion of my gigs last 12 hours or more).
Just because I work from home does not mean that I don’t work. And just because I have a job that I love and look forward to doesn’t mean that it’s not a real job.
I’m sorry if your job sucks, but that doesn’t give you the right to bully mine.