I have a feeling I'm not the only one who experiences this.
There's something about working for yourself from home that seems to make people think you can drop everything at any moment to go do something other people feel is fun or necessary. I've often heard the comment "oh...to have no boss to put pressure on you must be heaven!"
The truth is quite different.
I've worked many jobs and though I tend to be a workaholic in whatever job I'm doing I've watched many do as little as possible to not get fired.
The worst I ever saw was working in a government situation, where one guy was constantly found at his desk sleeping, or sitting in the parking lot. He even tried to stuff the reports he should have done into the pile that was completed...I was on to him and I knew which reports he'd been given so they went back on his desk.
When you work for yourself there's no way to hide from the work, no one to push your work onto....no way to be lazy, not if you want to pay the bills.
The home office/studio works great if you're the only one at home but if there are others in the house frequently they don't 'get' that you're 'at work', and a closed door doesn't seem to deter them from disturbing or distracting you.
And there are distractions, at home there is always something to do non-work related so you have to focus. They tell you to treat the home business as if you were going to work (ok, you can stay in your jammies) and for me I have no problem doing that...I'm what they call a 'self-starter'.
However, I do live with someone who has no respect for what I do....don't get me wrong, my mom thinks I make wonderful jewelry, but she does not respect my work time or space. Today, my "I want to be independent" mom insists I take her shopping in the middle of my day....after her soap though. Yesterday, it was, at 4pm, "you're making dinner today". And if she stops in and finds me on FB or writing my blog I get "Oh, you're chatting again" as if I'm not working, and as we all know blogs and FB are how we do marketing these days. Oh...and my fave, on a class day she says "Oh, this is your day to work".
You get the idea? I'm sure those of you with children at home when you're trying to work can add a zillion examples to that and have husbands who don't understand what the problem is.
Working from home has many advantages (yeah, the PJ commute) but it also has disadvantages and takes a lot of focus, commitment and determination.
So if you know someone who works from home respect what they do, don't get annoyed when they don't take time out of their workday to go for coffee, or shopping or want to chat on the phone for hours.
Me? When we move I'm getting a studio away from home :)