Everyone wants to work from home and in today’s world it is so much easier to work from home. I have talked before about if working from home is right for you because you have to have the right personality and motivation. When thinking about working at home though, you need to know about the pros and cons of working from home.
No commute. If you have a long commute, working from home can save you time and money.
More productive, at home and at work. When you take out the commute, you can use that extra time for many different things. You can use the extra time to work, sleep, or do house work. You can even use it to work out which is proven to improve productivity.
Save money. As I mentioned you can save money on the commute, but there are so many other things you can save money on. If you work in an office you have to have work clothes, working at home you can wear pajamas or yoga pants. Also, unless you packed your lunch every day, you are spending money on food, working from home you eat what is at home instead of eating out.
Working in your yoga pants, without makeup on. Yeah, you don’t have to get up and get a shower, do your hair and makeup and get dressed.
Working whenever you want. Are you a morning person? Maybe your office doesn’t open up early enough for your. Are you a night owl and the office is closed? When you are working from home you can almost work any time you want. When you are more productive that is when you work. This doesn’t work with every job though, so be aware of time restrictions.
Stay home with kids. This is the best benefit for parents. No worrying about who is taking care of your kids or who is picking them up. The other great thing is no missing work if your kids are sick. Normally if kids are sick you can not take them to daycare, but if you work from home, no problem, you can just work between taking care of your sick one. You can make up you hours later in the week possibly.
You have to be able to self-motivate. When working from home you have to be able to be able to motivate yourself to get up and work. When working from home it is easier for things to come up so you have to be able to work even when you don’t have to sometimes so you are not left cramming all your hours in a couple of days.
You have to be able to avoid distractions. Working from home often means working online, meaning the possibility of social media use is there and you may get distracted. You have to be able to stop yourself when you tell that you are starting to get lost in the internet.
You are home and people know it. People know you are home and think that even though you work from home it isn’t a “real” job so they can count on you all the time. This isn’t bad, until you end up with someone needing you 7 days a week. You have to know when to say “no” and not feel guilty. If you were working in an office you wouldn’t do something because you are working so you should keep this in mind when working from home.
You can get isolated. I know, I just said people know you are home, but there will be times that no one wants you and unless you have kids, you can start to feel isolated, and even with kids you may crave adult conversation. You can always keep in contact with your co-workers to help with this.
Less Collaboration. With the isolation comes less collaboration. If you have a job that is mostly independent that is fine, but if you have a projects that you need to talk to your co-workers it can be a little more difficult, although not impossible.
Being home with your kids. Yeah, I know, this is above in the pros, but it is also a con. It is hard with young ones to work from home because they don’t understand that you are working and can’t play. At the same time though, you want nothing more than to crawl on the floor and play with them. They will interrupt your work for food and diaper changes and anything else they may need.
Technical difficulties? You are on your own. Technology doesn’t always work like we want it too, and working in an office, they usually have someone who can come fix a computer or replace a printer if needed. At home, you are all on your own.
There you have it, 13 pros and cons of working from home. What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Have you ever worked from home? If so, do you have any additional pros and cons to add?