Why I'm NOT lucky I work from home

The last few weeks haven’t been great, I slipped a disc in my back & have really struggled to move let alone anything else that I still had to do.

A friend casually said how lucky I was that I work from home so didn’t need to take time off. This comment really got to me, in fact being self employed has the complete opposite effect when you’re ill.

You can’t phone in sick, I’m a cake decorator, if I did somebody’s birthday or wedding would be ruined. They wouldn’t have the beautiful cake they had planned & paid for. I can’t phone in sick, I still have to work through the pain so I wouldn’t call that lucky.

Now this is not a woe is me kind of post. I love being self employed but it’s not simply luck that has enabled me to have a successful business, it’s hard work & dedication. I work long hours & weekends. Yes I’m able to be at home during the day for Archie but that means that as soon as he naps I work, as soon as he goes to bed, I work.

Why I'm not LUCKY I work from home

I wouldn’t swap my job for the world & I’m very grateful that I am able to work from home but luck doesn’t do my admin or my marketing. Luck doesn’t go to the wholesalers for me, or go & visit clients. Luck doesn’t stay up past midnight working on a cake because the kids have been ill & I’ve got deadlines to meet.

Luck doesn’t pay my bills when I am ill. Hard work does. If I don’t work I don’t get paid, it’s as simple as that. I could never imagine going back to work for someone else, I love what I do and that I’m able to do it from home but it’s hard work. I would never say that mums who go out to work have an easy life so I’m waving the flag for us self-employed mums and saying we all work hard, every single one of us.



  1. April 8, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    Totally agree! I had a similar conversation with my sister recently, although she told me as I work from home no office would ever consider employing me in future because ‘working from home’ wasn’t a proper job and I couldn’t get references for doing so! The ‘word’ WTAF entered my head on several occasions throughout that conversation as you can imagine! My other half is great with his ‘it’s not a real job’ and ‘surely you have time to do the housework as you’re at home anyway’ – yeah my employers love paying me to stick the dishwasher on and mop my floors while I should be working for them! I think it’s easy to see home working as the easy option and in many ways it is, but it’s also damn hard and there’s often not anyone else able to pick up the pieces when you’re ill, like you say! (ha ha that turned into a bit of a rant)
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  2. April 11, 2015 / 7:26 am

    Oh wow, what a comment that you’ll never get a job in an office! My other half is kind of like that with the ‘what have you been doing all day’ or asking me to run his errands because I’m home anyway! It’s hard trying to balance everything and manage everyone else’s expectations too! x
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  3. April 12, 2015 / 10:32 am

    One of my best friends bakes cakes as her business and she says it’s very hard work too! I take her daughter off her (eldest in school) if I see her really busy so she can have a bit of peace!
    I count my blog as my part-time job at home and I have my own little business making gift hampers but only usually busy on occasions such as easter, mothers day etc! I find it hard doing them so god knows how you feel!


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    • gymbunnymum
      April 13, 2015 / 8:41 am

      I’m so grateful that I’m able to work around my kids but by doing so it means I have to sacrifice so much & work so hard. There’s a lot of work that goes into decorating cakes in addition to the actual baking, some cakes take hours upon hours! I’m glad your friend has some support x

  4. April 12, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Great Post! I am self employed too from home, no work, no money, and especially with a toddler running around, its even harder than going out to work fulltime!x
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  5. April 12, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    Well said! My hubby runs his own business and it takes so much dedication and like you say no sick days!! Hope your back is feeling better x
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    • April 13, 2015 / 9:15 am

      Thanks! I think some people see being at home as the easy option without realising everything else that comes along with it, especially having two kids x
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  6. April 12, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Totally. I think it takes a effing superhero to raise children and work all the in the same space. Luck Scmuck – you work bloody hard my love. I hope your back is feeling better? Do you have time for physio? A big high five to all the WAH/SAH Mothers and Fathers out there xxx
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  7. April 15, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Another brilliant post! I’m the same, managed to wangle working from home after my third mat leave, but it can be a struggle to see the lucky side through the chaos sometimes… Hope your back is better x

  8. Al
    April 15, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    I like the thought of working from home but as you say, it’s not all roses! Thanks for linking up. 🙂

  9. April 16, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Great post. It’s so tough. I work from home and not for a lot so I can stay at home with the boys. It’s a tough juggling act. And definitely not what people would expect. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky
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  10. April 20, 2015 / 8:23 am

    Well done! I also work from home as a freelance writer and I hear you! No luck involved, just long hours and hard work – on top of being a full time mum. Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars x
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  11. April 21, 2015 / 8:06 am

    Can totally see where you are coming from here. It’s like locumming…if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. That part is often forgotten as people just see the pros of being at home. My hubby works from home and he has to remind me he’s working not doing the washing!! #twinklytuesday
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  12. April 21, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Hope your back gets better soon. I feel for you! And you’re right, it is hard when you work from home and have no work to ring in sick to! Hope you feel better soon – Jess x

  13. April 21, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Oh sore backs are the worst! I just had an operation at the end of January to take out two herniated discs, so I feel your pain. Cake decorating is not an easy job to be doing with back problems either. I’ve dabbled, making dodgy cakes for friends and family and I always wind up hunched and achy after. Feel better soon!

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  14. April 21, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Ouch! Hope your back gets better soon. I’m not self employed and go out to work for someone else and I think it’s hard whatever you do whether from home or not. My hubby’s self employed so I know how stressful it is running your own business it’s really really hard! There are positives and negatives to both I think. I find it really hard sometimes having to work and balance motherhood but we’re all in the same boat! X
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  15. April 22, 2015 / 10:16 am

    This post really resonates. People often think you are at home all day and can faff about and do as you please. But the reality is really different, and even when you “work from home” you still have responsibilities just like people with normal jobs.

    Hope you feel better soon. x
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  16. February 25, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    And what beautiful cakes you do make – I salivate every time I see your FB page pop up! You’re right though, being at home doesn’t equate to an easy life like so many people seem to assume. It’s difficult at the best of times without factoring in a business. And small businesses you have every responsibility fall on your shoulders, you don’t have someone to buy your ingredients you don’t have someone to do your marketing, everything falls on your shoulders/

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