Dating someone that works from home is typically different than dating someone that works elsewhere, such as in an office. It may seem like you have free reign to contact the person whenever you choose just because the person is home, however, you should actually act as if he or she has a boss hovering around at all times. If you are dating someone that works at home, adhering to some tips can help you keep your relationship strong instead of strained.
Don’t Stop by Unannounced
One of the biggest pet peeves that some work at home people have is that people stop by unannounced because they know the person is home. At the majority of jobs people have, you can’t simply stop by when you choose, if you are even allowed to stop by at all. Unless the person gives you a time to come by, skip the unannounced visits.
Just because your significant other works from home doesn’t mean that he or she can go out whenever you ask. In some cases, the person may be more bogged down with work than someone that has a job with set hours. Many times, those that work from home don’t have a set time schedule and work as long as it is necessary to get the work done. If the person does not have a set amount of pay per hour, often, the longer the person works, the more money he or she can earn. If your significant other says no to a date or suggests a time that is better than one you suggested, make an attempt to work with the person to come up with a better time.
Keep Irritation to a Minimum
Even though the person probably has the cell phone close by and checks email throughout the day, it doesn’t mean he or she will get back to you immediately unless it’s an emergency. Chances are, your significant other will wait until break time or until the work is completely finished. Avoid getting irritated if you contact the person and he or she doesn’t answer or return contact. It is also not a reason for you to call, text or email incessantly until the person answers you.
If your significant other enjoys nice gestures, send lunch on a day when work is for him or her especially busy. Losing track of time is very possible when working from home. If someone gets deeply involved in work, hours could go by before realizing that food hasn’t been consumed in quite some time. Order and pay for the persons favorite takeout, including tip, then ask that they deliver it to the house. When you order, make sure to send a text or email, or even call, the recipient so he or she knows to expect it.
While may people work outside the home Monday through Friday, those that work from home often work on weekends as well. Keep these tips in mind not only for during the week, but also for the weekend. The more willing you are to accept the person’s schedule and work with it, the better the relationship could possibly be.