I have been fortunate enough to work from home for the past two years. I currently work as an apartment manager for my apartment complex. Before that, I was a contractor through a nanny company, so I still (kind of) worked out of my house. While I love my job, and no matter how much insane shit I deal with every day, I would never trade it for the world.
That being said, there are times when it sucks to be an apartment manager…
1. You are ALWAYS working.
There is no such thing as a break, or free time, or anything that you get at a “normal” job. I have to be prepared to answer my work phone at all times. I can never relax in my pajamas, or spend any time naked with my husband, because at any point, I may have to open someone’s apartment up because they locked their keys inside or I have to play mediator for a tenant and their neighbors/parking enforcement/whoever they are pissed off at that minute.
2. People like to harass you. A lot.
I have had people call me all hours of the day and night looking for a place. I had one guy call me at 2 a.m. to ask if we have low pile carpet. Since I am the first line of contact for the maintenance staff, I get the calls about broken stuff and I get harassed when I can’t make maintenance magically appear (those of you renters who understand I am not a miracle worker, you are a godsend and I love you for it).
3. You have to be mean sometimes
And the people you are mean to usually know where you live. I have to serve evictions with my job. I go with the cops, let them in, and watch as someone’s life gets turned upside down. It’s the worst part of my job, hands down. And understandably, people get pissed. The scary part about that is that they know I live onsite. They can see me and my husband leave our apartment. They can easily find where I live, and if they are pissed enough, they can do some horrible things. While this is a really extreme scenario, it’s still terrifying that it can happen.
4. You are not the only one who works at this job.
My husband is used to me cutting out mid conversation to answer a call or go meet someone. I have interrupted sex to deal with work stuff, which made us both really unhappy. I have hung up on family members, professors, friends, and countless other people to be a good manager to my tenants. When you sign the dotted line agreeing to a work-from-home job, your whole family signs up with you.
While there are some serious downsides to being an apartment manager who works from home, I have definitely found more positives than negatives. I can do laundry, clean my house, and do homework, all while on the clock. I set my own hours, which allows me the freedom to go to school full-time and not worry about missing work. I also get a free apartment and pay no utilities, which is epic for two newlywed college students.
But the most rewarding thing about working as an apartment manager is that you put all your heart and soul into your job and you often see instant rewards. I love my tenants, even the batshit insane ones, because they are what make this place great, and I get the opportunity to help make their lives a little easier. And that is what makes it all worthwhile.