Working from home, pros and cons
Whether it’s to spend more time with your family or gain more work independence, working from home, or remote working is fast becoming one of the most flexible and desirable options for employees and the self-employed alike to conduct their business and work. However, with any changes that affect our working life there are going to be drawbacks. So before taking the leap into working from home let’s look at the pros and cons so you can be sure you’re making the best decision for yourself.
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Having your own dedicated space or a home office is not the only thing to think about when working from home but let’s look into some of the reasons that people opt to.
Cuts out commuting time - If you add up all the time you spend traveling to and from work, you might be surprised to learn how much time you spend in your car, the bus or train just getting from a to b. People who work from home gain that time back and can invest it into other areas of their day, for example, going for a morning run or starting work earlier so you can finish the day earlier.
Flexibility for family life - When you take away the time it takes to commute to work and back, you gain back more time which may be used to spend time with your family. Working from home also gives you the option of more flexibility when it comes to family emergencies. Need to pick up your child from school earlier than expected? You’ll be able to get to them faster and with more ease when you’re working from home.
Cut down work attire costs - While your work wardrobe may not be designer, the amount of money we spend on work clothes is something that most of us do not factor into our budgets. Working from home takes away the need for work attire/uniform so you have more money to spend on the things that matter.
Less Distractions - Some people work from home to get away from the distractions of their work location. If you’re somebody who prefers to get focussed and into your work, working from home eliminates the chances for interruptions from your desk buddies.
Office Costs - If you’re self-employed you might be considering whether to rent an office or creating one at home. Working from home can cut down on big office costs including, rent, electricity, heating and any other bills attached.
While working at home works for the majority of the people who do it, it is not a way of working which suits everybody. Here are some of the most common reasons people choose not to work from home.
Motivation - Some say that it is harder to get motivated when working from home and in some cases, more distracting. The onus is on you to get stuck into your tasks which some find hard to do at home.
Cabin Fever - Working from home can be lonesome. If you’re a people person, you might find yourself feeling isolated if you decide to work from home, although this can be tackled by the occasional trip to your local coffee shop to work, it is a solution that can also become costly in the long run.
Collaborative Working - If there is one thing working with others is good for, it’s collaborative working or at least asking your colleagues for their thoughts on your work and rolling around ideas. While you can do this over email and Skype, getting to work on ideas in real time is something people often miss.
Keeping work and home life separate - As much as gaining more family time is positive, it may be thought to keep work and home separate. It might be tempting to tackle some of the housework since you’re at home anyway. There is also the issue of being interrupted by family life if you’re working in and around your children’s schedules.
We hope this article has given you some food for thought. With most things, the decision comes easily when you weigh up what kind of worker you are, what would be the positives for you and the negatives to working from home and ultimately what works best for you.