I was having a particularly stressful holiday retail week over the course of which I had pulled two all-nighters while frantically trying to ship all my items out on time for Christmas. I was working close to 20 hours a day and had stressed myself sick but couldn’t take time off to get better because you don’t get sick days when you run your own business. If I don’t work I don’t make money. Period. I was burnt out, over-tired and with half my mind still on the business when we arrived at my in-laws for the holidays. I was forcing my eyes open as I listened to my husband tell his grandfather that he had the holiday week off.
“That’s good they gave you the time off,” his grandfather said. He then turned to me and said, “Of course, every day is a day off for Hillary.” Considering how long it had been since I had a day off, this comment did not go over well.
There is a certain stigma associated with working from home that seems to come directly from that perception of working from home being a relaxing vacation. You will be working hard to build a company and even those closest to you picture you sitting around doing nothing.