Working from Home with Pets
A few tips, no matter what your job or hobby is...
Every crocheter/knitter has cats, right? Well, that's what some people say... But we all know it's not always true. Maybe your pet is a dog or a bird; maybe it's a possum or a rock. Or, maybe you don't knit or crochet, and you found yourself here on accident while searching "work from home". And, I suppose you could be a human that hasn't been adopted by a pet. No matter who you are, you may find this post helpful.
Feel free to replace the distractions here to fit your own situation, as needed: For you, it might be kids instead of cats. That's pretty close, since both think they require the same amount of attention. Perhaps you have a needy boyfriend instead of a dog - close enough - Either way, you might find yourself listening to lots of whining and often giving back scratches. If you have a needy boyfriend along with a dog, you may find it easier to crate train them at the same time...
And even if you don't work from home, you might still relate to some of this. It could be bill paying, cleaning out the fridge, or trying to share your latest project on social media - We all know we love them, but let's admit it: Pets/kids/needy boyfriends can get in the way of what you're trying to do. That's life as an adult human. Here's some ways you can deal with it:
|Before we begin, let me introduce you to the star of today's post, in case you haven't met her before: Lucky is my daughter's cat, aka the Queen of the Cats, aka the Spoiled Brat, aka Mama. But for me, she only answers to "treats".|
In conclusion: If you work from home and you have pets, there's really no hope for you - Animals don't understand what "work" is! When you need to work and they distract you, remember that they have needs, too. Besides food, water, and shelter, your pet wants mental stimulation and love. Unless your pet is a rock - then you might get away with moving it once in a while to keep it happy.
To keep your sanity:
- Use your spare time to share cute cat pictures on social media.
- Dress your pets up in your creations to promote your business.
- Try to get your pet on a schedule - And by that, I mean completely adjust your schedule to comply with the pets demands.
- Four words: Videos For Your Cat.
On a serious note: If you're a fiber artist and you sell your work, make sure your customers know that you have pets! I treat my creations with an anti-allergen cleaner, then follow up with a dye-free, fragrance-free detergent, but I still make sure people know that my household isn't pet-free. Pet fur and dander can still get onto your work, even if you keep it away from their areas. People with allergies or asthma need to know of the possible exposure.
We all have work to get done. But please, don't ignore your pet. An extensive study has shown that neglecting your cat can result in disappearance of crochet tools and attempts at world domination. Other studies have shown that neglecting your dog may cause mysterious holes to appear in your yard or make area rugs flip over. A recent experiment even proved that neglecting your pet rock can result in severe dust collection.
...And by "studies" and "experiment", I mean that's what happens at my house, but I'm pretty confident that my studies could have similar results elsewhere.