Working from home the pros and cons
I have been giving some thought to working from home, like most people who have a two hour commute each way to work, this idea is incredibly appealing! From someone who has a job (just over broke!) being able to work from home appears to be the holy grail of lifestyles.
So before I throw caution to the wind, I thought I should do a little brainstorming about the advantages and disadvantages of working at home. So here are a few of my ideas, please feel free to comment on them and let me know your views on being a home worker. If you already work from home, or are considering working from home, I would appreciate your comments.
The benefits of working from home:
· Being able to spend more time with my family. I live in Northamptonshire and work in London so I am often out of the house for 12 hours plus each day. Trying to fit your family around your work is strange to me; I feel I should be able to fit in my work around my family.
· Not having to rush for a train. The joys of commuting means you have to plan which train you are going for, wondering if you're going to get a seat. In some cases who are you likely to be sat next to; the person who only knows soap from a commercial is quite common on the early trains and you know whose drunk too much and had a very over spiced meal the night before.
· No more having to wear a tie, and being able to go to work in shorts, T-shirt and sandals. I know this is a sad benefit but at least I haven't said I wanted to work in my boxer shorts!
· No need to shower in the morning, I think it's only me that sees this as a benefit! I won't actually be practising this one, “honestly I won't”!
· Being my own boss, whatever that means! When you have a partner, children and animals of many descriptions around you, it's hard to know who is actually in charge.
· Having the luxury of working my own hours (and yes I know to make this work there will have to be a lot of them!)
· No more meetings for the sake of having meetings. There's quite a lot of my week that is taken up by meetings, possibly only 20% of them are relevant, so no more meetings would be heaven!
· Not having to justify your job to somebody who doesn't understand what you do. I’m sure I'm not alone in this benefit, you seem to have to explain almost every action and to me that it's very frustrating especially when those actions seem so obvious.
· Being able to do something that I enjoy. When you spend so much time at work you wake up one morning knowing that you don't enjoy it anymore and it becomes a bind, then it's time to do something different.
· Feeling that I am responsible for my own actions. Yes I know everyone is responsible for their own actions and the consequences good and bad that go with them; however I don't always feel that I am responsible for my actions.
· Not having to get up at five o'clock in the morning. I don’t mind walking the dog at five o’clock or sometimes before, I know that once I finally start working from home, I will likely to still be waking up at five o'clock however knowing I won't have to rush to get things done is definitely a benefit.
The negative side of working from home:
· Having to spend more time with my family. I know this is the first one on the benefits, but I can also see this as a negative. Its one thing to tell your daughter you can't do something with her because you have to go to work but quite another thing when you are working at home.
· No longer having the excuse that I'm late for work, for not putting the bins out on the rubbish collection day.
· Being self-employed and all the trials and tribulations that goes with it, i.e. national insurance, tax and other costs you incur working for yourself.
· Not having the luxury of paid holiday/sick leave.
· Needing to be more dedicated and focused on the task at hand. There is no room for procrastinating when you work for yourself.
· The dangers of becoming withdrawn and not interacting with other people.
· Friends and Family. When people find you work from home they think you are available to help them all the time and don't realise that you're actually trying to earn a living.
So far this is what I have, there may be more pros and cons to be considered, you may have a few to add yourself. But for me the advantages outweigh the disadvantages and I will be looking over the next 18 months to 2 years to accomplish this. I know it will be difficult and hard work, but to be able to accomplish this would be a dream come true.
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