Why Should You Consider Working From Home?
Working From Home is the New Career Choice
With the influx of internet users in the current digital era, there is no doubt that online can be an interesting place to start a career. According to Statista.com, there are over 4.33 billion people were active internet users as of July 2019, encompassing 56 percent of the global population. China, India and the United States rank ahead all other countries in terms of internet users.
This is the main reason why businesses started to flourish on the internet. Thus, opportunities for career development has also increased over time. Many people started to take advantage of different working opportunities. Considering that the works available are mostly task-based or hourly based, people can work at their desired time.
If you are a tech-savvy individual, a risk-taker and willing to devote time to learning the new trend, an online career may be suitable for you.
How would you likely to consider working from home?
Admittedly, working from home online may not be an easy career choice to make. You have to deal with a lot of hurdles in order to start seeing results. But knowing the great benefits you may be able to get, may encourage you to pursue this career.
I love working online. I have been doing my online activities for more than 8 years and I have tried different forms of online work. I experienced a lot of failures before I finally found success. I must admit that the length of time I spent online was not enough to learn everything that I need to know.
What motivates me more is the thought that every day, I continue to learn new things. It’s good to discover new things that seem unbelievable. It’s also a great experience to know that I can provide help to others.
Here are some of the advantages or benefits one could be able to get when working from home online.
1. We Can Exercise Full Control of Our Time
Working online allows us to set our own time and phase for working. We don’t need to rush in order to be at our place of work on time. We can create our own work schedule depending on the time which is the most convenient for us. Different individuals may have different preferences as to the time of working. Others may find themselves productive in the daytime while some may considered night time as the perfect time for working.
When working from home, we have the power to control our time rather than the time to control us.
2. Enjoy the Option of Working Anywhere
Because we are not required to be present in a specific workplace, we have the option to visit other places such as our favorite cafe or anywhere else as long as there is an internet connection. We can go anywhere without the fear of not being able to do our work.
We can go on a travel to any place we desire without leaving our work behind. This is one thing that we cannot do if we are working in an office which requires us to be at the designated place of work at a given time.
3.We Can Implement Our Own Strategies
We may have our own ideas and strategies on how to succeed in a particular endeavor. However, oftentimes, we keep to ourselves because the company has its own way of doing things. If we work on our own, we are the main player, thus giving us all the right to implement what we think would be more advantageous for our own work or business.
4. Avoid the Daily Traffic
Apparently, the number of vehicles is continuously increasing, while the size of the roads remains for years. Oftentimes, offices are located in the city creating traffic congestion during rush hours. Working from home will certainly eliminate the daily struggle of being stuck up in the middle of the traffic. If you own a vehicle, definitely you will contribute to the betterment of the traffic condition in the country.
5. We Can Learn Different Things
Learning new things every time is one of the benefits that we can get from working online. Apart from the earning potentials, we can acquire additional knowledge which can help us in our daily activities.
This is one of the best things I like about working online. The new things that I learn every day help me increase my self-confidence. I would usually receive admiration from other people from the offline world because of the different ideas I can share about new technology.
6. High Productivity Level
Since we don’t need to travel in order to go to work, we save time and we can devote it to other important work. Moreover, having to work in the most convenient place, can help us to be more productive.
7. Fewer Distractions
Working in an office or in a company might bring more distractions than we can think of. Chatting with co-workers, watching television shows and other activities that may cause interruptions to our work are part of the daily routine inside a working place.
8. Less Stress
There are several factors that can cause stress. Though this is a part of our existence, being exposed to stressful conditions may lead to some serious health problems.
According to the Center for Disease Control/National Institute on Occupational Safety & Health, the workplace is the number one cause of life stress. The CDC reports 110 million people die every year as a direct result of stress. That is seven people every 2 seconds.
9.We Can Save on Fare and Gas
Personally, I am spending 3 to 4 hours traveling to work and back home. I am doing this every day so I know that instead of devoting the time for the work, I still need to spend it on traveling. The money we spent on the fare or gas can be saved for other important purposes. Not to mention the amount of time we can devote to other equally important things.
10. More Time for the Family
Working at home means having more time for our family. We can see our little children all the time, take care of them while working at the same time.
With these mentioned benefits we can get from working online from home, We can conclude that working from home is a truly remarkable activity one could spend time with.
Disadvantages of Working From Home
Apart from the fact that it is not easy to build an online career, which I mentioned in the first part of this hub, there are also disadvantages that are worth mentioning when it comes to working from home. Knowing these disadvantages can help us adjust and take necessary actions once we encounter the situation.
It is also worth to know that working online may not be for everyone. It depends on our interests, skills and what goals we have in life.
Given below are some of the disadvantages that we might encounter when working from home.
Because you are so engrossed with your work, you might lose interaction with other people. The fact that you are not covered with any time limitation, you might end up working non-stop that will eventually separate you from the real world.
In order to avoid such a thing from happening, make sure to create a plan and stick to it. Managing your time well can be a great option.
2. Even More Distractions
Just like working in an office or a company, our home can also be a source of different distractions. Noise from the neighborhood, children crying or quarreling, household chores and a lot more.
Managing our time well can help us balance our work and life.
3. You need to tackle all the problems on your own
We have the sole responsibility for our own work or business. We use our own strategies and with it accompanies the fact that whatever happens, we must be ready.
Planning ahead is the best thing to do in order to reduce risk. Though we need to run our online activities on our own, it doesn’t mean that we are being prevented from soliciting ideas from others. We can always ask for help from a friend or a group.
4. Less Social Life
This might happen if you don’t have a plan and you work continuously without checking on your time. Don’t let that happen. Just like the regular offline work, we should see to it that we are following a schedule. We should set a time for working and a time for ourselves.
On the final thought...
Working from home can be a good career option to consider. But our success in this field would depend on different factors. If you think you are more comfortable working in a physical environment where you could have a chance to interact with other people, then this kind of work may not be for you.
On the other hand, if you have a current job, yet you still want to pursue an online career on top of what you are currently doing, it would be a good thing to consider. Working online can still be done on a part-time.
Thank you for reading.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Sharon Lopez