Take it from me, working from home has its pros and cons.
While for some if it is still a dream, others are actually living it. I worked in Corporate for eight years before shifting gears to become a business owner.
Yes, it took a lot of soul searching and what not. But at the end of the day, am I happy I decided to work from home? Yes, I am. In fact, one of the best decisions I made in life. That being said, it is not always a bed of roses. Owning your own business is something to be proud about but it has a price to pay. And that is stress. You are on your own, so the responsibility of running it successfully heavily lies on your shoulder. There are good days and awesome days, Then there are bad days and worst ones at that.
In this post, I am attempting to impartially analyze the pros and cons of working from home. Before you dive into that work from home dream of yours, why not take a moment to really think about everything that can come into play?
Pros and Cons of Working from Home
While many will tell you working from home is a dream come true, they will also inform you of some of the pros versus cons listed within this blog post. Today let’s discuss some of the pros and cons many work from home professionals deal with on a regular basis.
Pros of Working from Home
1. No need to set an alarm clock ever again, okay so maybe you will need to set one to get the kids to school, but otherwise you have no need to set that alarm for work anymore. This can be a huge pro for someone who dreads that alarm clock sound.
2. More quiet time to have a laser focus on your workload, no more distractions from coworkers asking you questions or your boss dropping in to add more to your task list. Having fewer distractions from that coworker who constantly visits your cubicle is a huge plus!
3. You don’t have to commute, your office is right there in your home so no more dealing with passengers on the roadway. No more costs for vehicle maintenance, highway tolls or other costs associated with commuting to work.
4. More time to do what you love, you will start to find that time is freed up so that you can do more of the things you enjoy in life. With a flexible schedule, you are able to set aside time each day or week to do something you simply enjoy doing.
Cons of Working from Home
1. Being alone, when you work from home the only person you may have to talk to is yourself. If you are someone to thrives on that interaction with other people, you won’t get it on a regular when working from home.
2. Home Office Costs, when you work from home there is a need for a semi-private location and certain office equipment which will come out of your bank account. Sure this cost may be tax deductible, but that’s not until end of year.
3. Separating work from family, this is quite possibly the biggest con when working from home because you will be readily visible to all of your family members but reality is you have to set work hours as a means to be successful. The separation of work and family will be a challenge.
4. Having to self-motivate, depending upon your personality this can be a pro or con for working from home. Working for yourself requires the ability to self-motivate and do so on a regular basis.
Overall, working from home can be the best decision you have ever made, but as with most decisions in life there are pros as well as cons to that decision. Whatever you decide to do, just think about these pros and cons that are associated with working from home before you quit that day job that gives you a consistent paycheck.