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Reasons to Consider Working from Home

Updated on April 27, 2012

© 2012 Katina Davenport

For years, I have contemplated the idea of working from home. Even while I was in college, I wanted a way to make money without venturing into the outside world. That would have been the best way for me to study and work from anywhere. In the 90’s, there weren’t as many online or freelancing jobs as there are today. I credit that to globalization and the economic downturn. Today, companies are using freelancers on freelancing sites to build new websites or create blogs. Outsourcing these jobs are helping companies to save money, while creating online jobs. Working from home or freelancing is certainly beneficial; however, one the downsides are that it may take longer to build an income. Essentially, you are in business for yourself even if you are blogging, writing e-books, or affiliate marketing. I believe the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.


Benefits of Working from Home

No more commuting to the office- Commuting back and forth to work every day can wear on your body and your patience. Researchers from Lund University conducted an experiment using 21,000 people between the ages of 18 and 65. They had to work more than 30 hours per week and commute by car or public transportation. Researchers compared this group with those that walked or bicycled to work. They concluded that those using a car or public transportation exhibited more stress, lack of sleep, exhaustion, and complaints of poorer health. Those that took the more physical approach to commuting had less stress because of the physical activity. Endorphins are released during exercise thus making the more physically active commuters feel more at ease.

No more traffic road rage- Aggressive drivers and aggressive driving causes stress. We all have been frustrated behind the wheel. But, it is important to know that aggressive driving can kill. AAA reports 56% of fatal crashes are caused by road rage drivers. If you are working from home, you wouldn't have to deal with the stress of making it to work while being in harm’s way.

Flexibility of time- You can choose when you want to work and for how long. You will not have to worry about how long you spent in the bathroom or if you are late coming back from lunch. You create your own schedule.


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Save on filling up at the pump- Gas prices are sky rocketing every day. At the time of this writing the national average price for gasoline is $3.83 per gallon for regular grade. If you have a luxury vehicle, you are paying slightly above $4.00 per gallon for premium grade. If you are working from home you are filling up less and spending less at the pump.

Save on parking fees- My husband pays $3 per day to park at a secure lot near his job. If he were working from home he would save around $700 per year. There is a lot that can be done with $700 at the end of the year. It can be used to build retirement funds, save for a family trip, or as contribution to our children’s’ college fund. Imagine what you could save per year if you were working from home.


Save on lunches- I used to be a working mother. Sometimes that meant not cooking dinner every night, which lead to not having left overs. When there are left overs, then you can prepare lunch for work. Often times I would be too tired to cook. That left me with no other choice than to buy lunch. Buying lunch 2 to 3 times a week can become expensive. Americans spend around $37 per week on lunches, or $2,000 per year. If you are working from home you are cooking your own food. It is actually healither for you.

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Save on clothing costs- Buying suits, scrubs, or other work related uniforms can take a bite out of your budget. I remember when I was working it felt like I was being paid just to buy all these things for work. Life seems a lot simpler now that I am not a part of the corporate world.

Save on car insurance premiums- You can lower your car insurance premiums by informing them you will be driving your car less. I have done this and it has saved me a few extra dollars in my monthly insurance budget.


More time to run errands- Working a regular job keeps you from running those important errands like getting an oil change, grocery shopping, and taking your mom to her doctor’s appointment. Now that I am working from home, I have the freedom to get those errands done. Since errands are already done, weekends are less chaotic. I spend less time trying to get everything done in two days and more time with my family.

Schedule time around family- We all like to believe that our families are first on our priority list. Depending on your profession, you may not have the opportunity to tend to family matters right away due to the nature of the job. Doctors, nurses, and firefighters, are all examples of professions where there are long hours and less time for family.

No more office politics-No matter how much you enjoy the social interaction of working with others, you will agree that you can live without office gossip and the office. You won't have to worry about favoritism, or someone stealing your ideas.


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      Linda 5 years ago

      I once had an elderly, blind and diabetic dog and I lived alone with her. I hated how isolated she was when I was gone from home and began selling stuff on ebay to make extra money so I could take fewer hours at work. Working from home is an alternative for people who are the caregivers for sick people in their family.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Hi Linda! I agree with you. There may be times in our lives when we have to take time off from a job to care for a sick or elderly loved one. Working from home is a great way to always have extra money.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Working at home is the best move I ever made! And like the article discusses, you can work when and if you want. I think it gives you a better state of mind because only you control the work and even what you want to do. I never had that in 27 years of working for other people.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I agree with you. It gives you a better state of mind and better control of your work environment.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      My biggest savings is day care! I used to work full time outside of the home. I am a mother to 7 kids. It was crazy, dropping the kids off at different schools and day cares. I am so happy I found ways to make money online. It was very stressful. It was liking a full time job before even getting to work. LoL!

      Voted up! ;)

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I understand supermom. In Michigan, daycare costs $600 per month. It can be as high as $1,200 per month. If I had 7 children I couldn't imagine all of the day care costs.

      That's one of the points I forgot to include in this hub. Thanks for reminding me.

      Katina

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      Ashley K. 5 years ago

      My father has been in mental health services for fifteen years, and he couldn't have been happier when telecommuting became mainstream. Now he works three out of five days from home with a wider client base across the country- and I have to say, I've seen major improvements in his own mental well-being and physical health. He was starting to have severe blood pressure problems, and various anger management issues.. the difference after a month with the telecommuting arrangement in his whole outlook was so good for all of us!

      I think a lot us can't be so lucky with our arrangements though, because the entire system is set up to shuffle us around like worker bees. My father was fortunate, because he's highly educated and picked the right field, but my mother attended a technical school and does secretarial work. It's harder for her to find something flexible and worthwhile, so the family still suffers that modern disconnect between work life and family life.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      My mood has drastically changed since working from home. My husband tells me that I am a lot happier now. Being on the work force was driving me insane. It is affecting Mg husband's health. His blood pressure is high because of it. He had to file for FMLA just so he can rest whenever the stress became too much.

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      Hariharan 5 years ago

      Yes i do agree working from home have a lot of benefit.NO POLITICS

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      Alph286 5 years ago

      Working from home seems to be wonderful. But working with others is better! True story!

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      ZEEK MARKETING 5 years ago

      This article is wonderful as it helps me to get the sort of information that i needed. Whether to supplement your income, or launch the business that will take you to the top, the work from home industry is rich with opportunity and possibilities. ^_^

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