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Reasons to Consider Working from Home
© 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.
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.
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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