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I am trying to work, People!

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 4 15

I'm not just playing here!

If I haven't invited you, I don't want to see you.

I have no understanding of why people see working from home as being a hobby. Only this morning my own husband said to me that getting on line to work was merely some thing that was a bit of extra cash if I had time to do so. But should not rule my life.

So should I make him apply this to his job and see how his boss feels? I may not have a boss. But as my own boss, I am harder on myself than I would be allowed to be with any employee. Why? Because only self driven people can work for themselves successfully! Don't even bother trying to work for yourself if you are going to put less effort in to your work than if you were working in a job you hated.


Take cooking as an example. If you want some thing quick like a microwave meal,then those are the result you will get, a pathetic attempt at a meal. Same with working on line. If you expect to write a sentence and earn a fortune because you really can not be bothered putting any more effort in. Just unplug your computer now and save us the time of reading your painful attempts.

Uninvited callers are a pain


You will come across several types of people who do not realise the value of your work. These will be the likes of ;-

  • The stay at home neighbour on the social.  

This is the type of person that once she has got rid of her lovely children, she has nothing to do until at least 3 pm.

She doesn't have a man so does her housework when she is bored at night. She has all day to socialize, and you are at home and you have taken your children to school , so you are the same, right?

Well no actually love. I want to utilize my child free time to try and build a career on line. So that I can treat my children when they are off from school. Want any links? No , I thought not. Go away and watch Jeremy Kyle and leave me to work.


  • The husband/wife.

You do not leave the house in the morning or receive a wage slip weekly or monthly. You just drink coffee with your friends from baby group don't you?


No love. Actually remember that holiday we booked last week. Well guess who's earnings paid for that? Not yours!! So please respect my work and stop making out like I am playing on Facebook all day.


  • The mother

My mother is not of the age of computers. However she is not the oldest person in the world and the internet has let me make friends with people in their seventies. So being fifty two doesn't quite cut it with me that you are a technophobe. I however embrace change and am trying to look at employment. Please stop telling me to do the ironing. I do not get money out of my ironing board.

So what can you do about this?


What you have to do is be brutally honest with people. What would you do if you worked in an office and they walked in and started moaning about their bills or children?

You would have to tell them it was inappropriate and that you were working. So say this. Let them know that right now you are working and will call them back when you are free.


Show your partner your income. At first you may not have much of an income. In that case try and show them people s claims of proof of income from places like Google Adsense and Amazon.

Try and get yourself your own office space if this is possible. Even if it is a corner in your a room that is used for other things. A low traffic room is better.


value yourself.


If you do not value your work. How can you expect others to? Make sure you a lot yourself time to work and switch heads so to speak. Put your professional brain on. It really does help.


There are many more places to look for work.



Jan 15, 2012 3:26am
You should just go on a psychotic, murderous rampage and eliminate all those people!!

You're 10,000% correct -- the people around me, for example, have no clue what level of concentration it takes to do this (research, forming complete thoughts and sentences, etc.) Most think I'm goofing off.

Anybody sitting on THIS side of the keyboard is NOT wanking around -- this IS work!! Passive income, my %$#^ -- this is work!! A thumb to youse, toots, for expressing the feelings of inadequacy others try to thrust upon us.
Jan 15, 2012 5:51am
Thank you for reading Vic, and for verifying my feelings. Some times I get accused of goofing off, like I look as if I am playing Facebook games!

Murderous rampage sounds good, may consider if I reach those energy levels, hehe.
Jan 15, 2012 11:03pm
Keep fighting the good fight!
Feb 20, 2012 2:19pm
Vic just wants you to go on a murderous rampage so he has another serial killer to write an article about! :)
Feb 20, 2012 3:39pm
I know and one day I will oblige him, hehe. Will even leave a note addressed "Dear Vic Dillinger, twas me, Ddraig, in the back alley, with a whip...er sorry thinking of Vic's other penchant haha...was me, Ddraig,in the dining room with the machete, the dining room in West minster!!"
Feb 21, 2012 2:53pm
To divert police suspicion, I'll tell them it was really Colonel Mustard in the library with a lead pipe -- then you can make a run for it.
Feb 21, 2012 6:02pm
You are a true friend Vic. I will leave you all publishing rights to my psychotic upbringing and wayward youth.x
Jan 15, 2012 9:11pm
Making passive income online is serious business! Sure you could do it as a hobby but for results you really do need to treat it the same as any other job. It can be hard when other people don't understand the idea of applying yourself seriously to online work

Best of luck to you Ddraig!
Feb 20, 2012 3:41pm
I think some are slowly getting it through my major bad temper tantrums threatening to set fire to the washing machine( is that possible? lol), I have had some major shouting fits, it really is getting less funny with some people now.
Feb 19, 2012 4:47pm
Been there, took care of it. Everyone I know either learned the hard way, or watched someone else learn to stay away because I am working, not playing. (Unless they need a kidney, that's good enough reason to interrupt I guess.)
Feb 20, 2012 3:47pm
I am on the verge of making sure other people know EXACTLY too. I sit there feeling like charging them a fiver for loss of earnings with their cup of, oh MY cup of coffee.
I had two come over last week so I refused to waste time completely. I made them stand in the kitchen whilst I got some ironing done. I would have got the message a bit quicker than they did but if I do it often enough they may click on.
Feb 19, 2012 4:54pm
Love it Ddraig!

I'm sure every writer on this site deals with this from time to time - I know I have. It's really hard to find balance and establish good boundaries when your schedule is nuts and everyone wants your attention in what they perceive to be your free time. Thanks for the tips.
Feb 20, 2012 3:57pm
Oh you hit the nail on the head in that very last point. "In what they perceive to be your free time". I have often felt like screaming " I have 4 kids under 10, 3 dogs,a husband and a house to run as well as working on line every single minute I can, if the bags under the eyes or the frazzled tied back hair doesn't give you a hint, maybe the fact I can't be assed talking to you will!" I am glad I was born with a sense of humour, as frayed as it is, it has got me through.
Feb 20, 2012 12:08pm
This article was cute and so TRUE! My SO is supportive even though I'm sure he thinks that I could make more walking around grocery store parking lots picking up discarded pennies. He would never say it because I sure he knows he I would probably kick him in the knee caps. This should mandatory reading for friend and family of those who work from home.
Feb 20, 2012 4:00pm
Thank you InfoJunkie. I am glad you have a supportive SO. Knowing that other people's partners are so supportive makes me want to wrap the pc monitor over my SO's head. I just threaten that if I get no support I will spend all the money on myself when I make it. I think he knows I am lying as I am as addicted about being frugal as I am about writing.
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