Working at home isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. It’s like anything else in life—somedays may be more challenging than others. It’s wise to consider the pros and cons of working at home for yourself, so you can make an educated decision and choose what’s best for you.
Cons of working at home:
- Work and home life often collide. True story. Due to the lack of regimen, and no clear delineation of work versus time off, you can easily find yourself working odd hours to accommodate the needs of your family; thus feeling as if you never have a day off.
- You’ll do a lot of work for free. Much of the work you do for your business is not billable, therefore it will feel like free work until you start making a profit. It can be hard to push yourself to do things that aren’t producing income immediately, but you have to push through so that you can keep your business running smoothly.
- Family or friends will ask you to do things (since you aren’t doing anything ;-)) Sometimes people will start to depend on you being there for them for everything. They’ll ask you to do their chores like watching their sick kid so they can go to work. Your spouse or children can think since you are at home all the time now, you’ll be doing more. The opposite will be true. It can require more of a team effort when you do work at home. (See bullet point one.)
- You will crave being out of the house. Sometimes, when you go out, as you’re on your way home you’ll get the distinct feeling you’re going back to the black hole. You will want to do anything but go home, even grocery shop. You have to be diligent with your schedule.
- Things can easily distract you. Without supervision, even the most studious and organized individual can go off the rails due to the internet, television, and stuff (messy house) that is around to distract you from work. It’s up to you and only you to create a routine and good working schedule to help you avoid this.
Pros of working at home:
- No more living by the clock. If you arrange your business right you can wake up naturally without an alarm forcing you to get up when your body isn’t ready. You can also go to bed when you want to as well. It’s freedom not to always live by the clock.
- No more traffic jams. One of the best perks is not having to be caught in a traffic jam during rush hour when you need to pee. #keepinitreal You won’t have to battle the commute on bad weather days. And think of all the gas money you would save.
- Fewer work-related distractions. Office chatter can get overwhelming at times and it can be difficult to get work done due to it. Not to mention all of the meetings. Be honest, how much work do you really get work done due to being in constant meetings? During the meeting, you find yourself thinking about how you could be getting work done right now instead of talking about it.
- You really can work in your pajamas. Oh yes, you can. You can wear PJs, yoga pants, or a moo-moo; no one cares. It’s your business and your house. I do recommend getting up and getting dressed each day to help with your mindset and consistent productivity level.
- Flexible schedule. If you have a parent-teacher meeting you don’t have to ask permission to go. If you want to get your hair done, go for it. Whatever you want to do during the day is up to you as long as you find time to also get your work done so you can get paid. Remember—first things first. But your schedule? It’s yours to make.
- You can eat healthier. Going out to work often causes people to eat out for lunch five days a week. That can not only be super expensive, but it is also very unhealthy. Being home, you can prep healthy lunches for yourself or eat leftovers from dinner the night before. Save money and save your health.
Working from home offers many benefits and even a few drawbacks. It’s up to you to determine if you have the personality for it. You’ll need to rein in family and friends who may (unknowingly) take advantage of you, as well as yourself, to stay on track for creating a healthy and profitable home business.