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In my last post we talked about roadblocks and I mentioned briefly about going to my support group when I need to. This part of working at home is all but brief and deserves it's own article in this series.
My work at home support team has been completely invaluable over the last 3 years. Actually for the first couple months I didn't have a support team and honestly I'm not sure how I kept going without them.
Where do you find a support team? Look for people that do the same thing you do. People you can identify with. In my case, that was finding other bloggers. Finding people that also go crazy when Facebook is acting funky, people that have also been asked if they just "sit around dreaming up ideas all day", people that are also on a first name basis with their UPS man.
Whatever you do you are a unique breed and no one is going to be able to understand you like someone else that does the same, or similar thing to what you do.
Another big part of working at home is getting the support of your family. Even though my hubby was behind me when I first started working at home, that first year was difficult for him too. He wanted to support me but at the same time he watched me struggle to make it work. Working from home brings you and your family closer together because it tends to become a family thing, instead of just a "you" thing. You will share your struggles and triumphs with your family.
Now extended family and friends aren't the easiest to get on your support team. Most of them probably don't understand what on earth you do all day or how it constitutes for a job. I can't tell you how many times I've had to explain to someone that I'm working and watch their puzzled face stare blankly at me. Honestly, I think it's ok to just let your friends be your friends. Give them a basic explanation of what you do and stop at that. They can still be supportive without understanding all the details. Rely on your support groups for specific support.
You can also look for a support group in your area. Other work at home moms, other business entrepreneurs, generally most areas have a decent selection of networking groups you can join. I'm just getting into doing more networking locally but I love networking at conferences!
And as for those people that think you sit around in a bubble bath all day eating bon bons....well, they may just never understand.
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