Time flies when you’re having fun. It has been 2 years since I started working from home as a pharmacist. I bet you didn’t know that pharmacists can work from home. Neither did I.
People are often surprised when I tell them I work in the comfort of my own home.
Some of the most commonly asked questions I get from people when I tell them I work from home:
-Are you working from home as a pharmacist?
-Are you even a pharmacist?
-How can a pharmacist work from home?
-What is it that you do at home?
-How do you deliver medications from home?
-Do you work whenever you want?
-You’re so lucky you get to watch TV all day (not a question, but you get the idea).
THE LIFE OF A TELECOMMUTE PHARMACIST
It is not as glamorous as it sounds. I wish I can work whenever I want, but it is not the case at all. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t get to take a long lunch break or go shopping whenever I want.
I have a set schedule of when I am supposed to log in, when to take my lunch. Every minute is accounted for. There is a way for them to track idle time, productivity and who knows what else.
I most definitely don’t watch TV at all when I work. I have to be very focused because it is a fast paced environment with no downtime.
I work exactly the same way at home as I would in the office.
PROS OF WORKING FROM HOME
1. No commute
This is an obvious reason. Coming from the Midwest, I never really had to experience traffic. Southern California is another story. I know people that drive 1-2 hours just to get to work. I felt lucky when I was able to get this job with less than 30 minutes commute.
I went from a 30-minutes commute to walking a few steps to my desk. I feel very fortunate not having to deal with the traffic here.
2. Save time
Without the commute, I save an hour a day from driving to and from work. Additionally, I also save another 30 minutes of not having to get ready in the morning.
That’s 1.5 hours a day, which equates to 7.5 hours a week or 390 hours a year (give or take). My commute is nothing compared to some of my coworkers, which can take over 2 hours one way. Yikes!
3. Extra sleep
I get to sleep an extra 45 minutes every day. Who doesn’t love sleep? Sometimes I just want to take a week off and do nothing but sleep. This is one of the best perks of working from home. Extra sleep. I am so jealous of babies sometimes, they get to sleep whenever they want.
4. No tardy
I have not been late to work since I started working from home. It would not look good if I was late when my desk is only a few steps away from my bed.
I must confess that while I was rarely late when I was still working in the office, I was running every morning from the parking lot to my desk to make it. I just never learned my lesson.
5. Prep for dinner during lunch break
Sometimes I’d cut up vegetables or do my prep work during lunch break to save me time after work. After work, I can just go straight to cooking and not have to worry about prepping.
It makes cooking for dinner a lot faster.
6. No need for clothes
I haven’t had to purchase new work clothes. In fact, I rarely go shopping now for anything. In addition to not having to buy new clothes, I don’t have to hurt my brain thinking about what to wear each day.
Steve Jobs definitely got the right idea by wearing the same outfit every day. Look at Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg – by wearing the same outfit every day, they eliminate one decision out of their day.
7. No office drama
I don’t know anything about my colleagues with the except of two that were in my training group. But other than these two coworkers, I don’t know anything about anyone.
8. Always home for delivery
If I order something online, I don’t have to worry about missing the delivery and going to the post office to get it. I don’t have to worry about my delivery getting stolen if left at the front door all day.
I’ve been slacking off, but I used to do my T-25 video during my lunch break to get my workout in. If you don’t know what T-25 is, I think of it as a baby version of P90x. It is soooo intense but for only 30 minutes.
10. No boss nearby
I used to sit right in front of 2 supervisors. Best seat in the house right? They were able to see and hear everything I was doing. So glad I don’t have to deal with that anymore.
CONS OF WORKING FROM HOME
I don’t have as many cons as I do pros – mainly because I am an introvert and I enjoy being in the comfort of my own home – even if it’s 24/7 sometimes.
1. No social interaction
I am naturally an introvert and working from home is ideal for me. But at the same time it is bad for me because I don’t even make an effort to see my friends or coworkers.
2. Less active
When I was in the office, I would do a brisk walk around the building during my two 15-minute breaks. I got my daily 30-minute walk in for 5 days a week. Now I use that time to check my phone or eat or even nap!
This is definitely something I want to get back into doing. Between work and my blog, I spend way too much time in front of a computer.
3. Eat more
I only ate what I packed when I was in the office. Even when I wanted to snack, there was nothing for me to snack on. I’ve been snacking nonstop and I didn’t even realize I gained weight until I put on my dress the other day. Couldn’t zip it up 🙁
It can feel lonely sometimes working from home staring that the same 4 walls every day, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Not only does it save me time, it has saved me a lot of money on gas, clothes and not to mention some extra Z’s.
Because of this job, I’ve developed a sense of what it feels like to work from home. I want to be able to work from home, work for myself and not have to deal with being micromanaged. One can dream right?
Do you work from home? What are your thoughts?