Burn the Midnight Oil or Call it a Day? How Many Hours Do You Want to Work This Week? #We'reAllBusiness
I (Frankie) know that if I'd been asked that question a few years ago, I would have said, "5". Of course I only want to work 5 hours this week and if that's what I choose to do, then I can. The problem with that is I still want a full paycheck. I need to be able to pay the bills and I don't think I can do that on 5 hours a week.
Now let's take it to the other extreme, because that's what I do, and say, "Okay, I want to make lots of money and since I'm working from home and can set my own hours, I'll work 60, maybe even 70 hours this week and be rolling in the dough." Yeah, that's realistic. I can't work 60 hours a week. Hell, sometimes I push it to get in 30 hours a week because when you work from home, you do home crap too. I know you aren't supposed to, but when the laundry is sitting there staring you in the face, you get up and start a load. Before you know it you've cleaned both bathrooms and mopped all the floors. That's just what happens.
So, it's not really a question of how many hours you want to work, but rather how many hours can you work realistically and still be able to pay the bills and have time to do other things like clean the house and sleep. The first thing you need to do it figure out how much money you need to make each week. After that you just set your hours accordingly. That's easier said than done and you won't always get in enough hours and sometimes you may get in too many hours, but you have to have a set amount of hours and know to adjust things when you're way under those hours or way over.
Oh, that we made 1k an hour and could get by with putting in about 5 hours a week. But, alas, we don't. So until that day comes, figure out your budget, set your hours according to that budget and then adjust, adjust, adjust until it's a good fit for your work life, your personal life, and your financial life.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.