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Remind Me Again Why I Do This...

I recently embarked on a large programming project that became the most frustrating, stressful thing Iíve done since Iíve been in business.

I wonít bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

With the deadline looming at the height of the crisis, I needed to call my scripting guru for a solution- and I needed to do it quick!

Right at that moment, my 5-year-old decided that she was going to self-destruct if she didnít have my immediate attention.

Now, mind you my daughter is not the quietly persistent tug-on-your-sleeve kind of attention-getter. No. Sheís more of a the-louder-I-am-the-faster-sheíll-hear-me kind of a gal.

As I approached the limits of my patience (and she hers), I had to decide whether to make my deadline or to spend some time with her.

I found myself thinking, "Why donít I work in an office, like normal people do?" "Why do I do this?"

The thing is, I really wanted to play with my daughter. I mean, wouldnít you?

But...the fact remained that I had a job to do.

These are the moments that make me think it would be so much easier to go back to a "normal job". Working for someone else, you do your job and then you go home. When your workday ends, it ends. Youíre not tempted to get up in the middle of the night and drive to your office so that you can do that one thing you forgot to do. When your office is just down the hall, itís just too easy to do that.

Iím quite sure that Iím not the only home-based business owner who has asked themselves this question, "Why do I do this?"

Itís not easy to stay motivated when chances are youíre working longer hours for less pay (or no pay!) than your "job".

And throw in the challenge of trying to be a professional while your children are arguing over whoís turn it is to use the self-inflating whoopee cushion right outside your office door and well, itís a miracle we donít all just give up and lease office space.

So, why do I do this? I think most of all, itís because I get to decide whether to call a client, or play with my daughters.

Sometimes I just need to be reminded, and itís almost always my children who do.

Sharon Davis is the owner of 2Work-At-Home.Com and the Editor of the site's monthly ezine, America's Home. In her spare time she reminisces about what it was like to have spare time. To subscribe to her free ezine, Click Here




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