Working from home and running your own business

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People seems to think that working from home is the ultimate perfect situation. You get to pick up your kids from school and drop them off and attend plays, and work from the comfort of your couch or your bed or wherever you want. It's also really, really, hard. I feel like I never shut off. I am always sort of half somewhere and half at work. I'm always on my iPhone when I should be grocery shopping, so I'm pumping my card into displays of soup and just fling it everywhere because I'm trying to multitask and work while I'm shopping. The other day I was taking a business call and I locked myself in the bathroom because that's one of the few places that I can have privacy. I was on a call and it was like a group of middle-aged men who had no sense of humor and weren't mothers. When I talk to mothers, they get it, there's no problem with that. But I am talking to these men and all of a sudden I hear from the other side of the door, "Mommy, are you pooping in there?" And there was no laughter on the other end of the phone. Everybody was horrified. And I sort of whispered, "No, I'm not. Go away." And the conversation just went on and I thought, "This is perfect." And the fact that these men happen to not relate to anything I was saying at all, probably illustrates the fact that I should not be working with them because if it were a mom, if it were anyone who really got my site, they would get that that's how you work when you work from home. And it's not easy, it's not glamorous at all but it's the only way I would have it. I love being able to see my kids after school, even if it means coming home and having to work when they are doing their homework or watching a show. You have to fill in where you can, but for me, it is as close to perfect as it could get.

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Jill Smokler

Author & Owner, Scary Mommy

What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, (Lily, 9, Ben, 7 and Evan, 5) quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Jill’s honest take on parenting has appeared in numerous publications and on television programs, including The Today ShowThe New York Times, Good Morning America, Nightline and CNN.

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