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What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Working From Home?

Updated on July 20, 2017
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Stella runs her business from home and has written several articles on working from home, home finance and entrepreneurial skills

Working From Home Can Make A Lot Of Cents!

Your computer can be your goldmine!
Your computer can be your goldmine! | Source

Pros And Cons Of Working From Home

The thought of working from home often holds ultimate appeal for those who come to despise the daily nine to five grind, but it is not a suitable option for everyone. For anyone considering working from home there are many pros and cons they will first need to consider. As a home worker, certain aspects of your daily schedule will be governed by the nature of your particular business but generally speaking you need to be aware that there are both advantages and disadvantages in working from home.

If you are a writer or an artist, then working from home will come naturally to you and you will already have an office or studio geared up to your needs. Nowadays many people from different walks of life can set up a home business which is internet based; for instance buying and selling on Ebay can be very lucrative for anyone dedicated enough.

Pros Of Working From Home

Since there is no daily travelling to and from the office, there are no delays or frustration when transport links are missed or cars break down. You will gain more free time at both ends of the day due to time saved and will see a significant drop in fuel costs. You can use this time effectively to devote to more leisurely pursuits if you wish but don't fall into the trap of working longer hours. Remember the old saying: 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' Allowing adequate time to relax and wind down after your day's work is done will help you deal with your next working day more efficiently so this can only be a plus point.

Home Businesses Can Be Very Lucrative

 There is earning potential from working at home
There is earning potential from working at home | Source

Be Your Own Boss

The satisfaction gained from being your own boss can be added to your list of pros knowing you have no one to answer to but you will still have deadlines to meet and obligations to fulfil. Remember that being your own boss is not always advantageous if you aren't disciplined enough with yourself. You still have to get up at a reasonable hour each morning and structure your working day accordingly.You can still work at home even if you aren't your own boss as you may find that you can just as easily complete the same tasks at home as you do at work and need only pop into the office once a week or so for a meeting with your boss.

As someone who works from home, you will gain more control over your life and acquire the ability to build on your own success rather than depend on daily interaction with colleagues. In working for yourself, you may feel less pressured by others and the freedom this brings can make all the difference to your working day.

Cons Of Working From Home

Some folk do not want the responsibility that surely comes from working at home so they would always fare better in the normal workplace where they have others to answer to and discuss things with. The solitary nature of working from home would in that case be a definite con for them.

Visitors will often arrive and interrupt your train of thought when you are working from home but this can easily be remedied if you are as disciplined with them as you are with yourself. You don't want to lose your friends or be labelled as a hermit so you can always say 'I have deadlines to meet today but how about you call round another time?' No-one would ever just drop in to say hi at a regimented place of work but people who work from home are viewed by others as not having 'proper jobs.' You need to set the parameters from the start so people regard your work as just as important as someone who drives to and from the office each day.

Being at home all day brings with it a wealth of distractions that can cause you to procrastinate or even prevent you from completing any tasks at all. Try to set yourself a realistic target that is easily achievable each day so that you know you will be productive.

Be careful to divide your time fairly between home and business related pursuits. You need to clearly define the boundaries and not let your day become muddled so there is no separation. The best way to do this is to have a separate specifically designated area in your home where you can conduct your business undisturbed or you will be constantly interrupted and will thus find it difficult to make any headway during the course of your working day.

Never mix business related items or papers with those of a household nature or you will find you waste valuable time sorting them out.

If you are someone who enjoys the constant company and banter of others and enjoys the team work as is often found in the work environment then working from home is definitely not for you. You will come to miss interaction with others and will begin to resent the solitary lifestyle you have imposed on yourself.

Other cons include the lack of any social element that comes with not being part of a workforce and the loneliness this may bring. Whereas the absence of others may not bother some it depends largely on your individual personality whether you can cope with this or not. Some work better as a team and others do not so it is wise to define which category you belong to.

Success Can Be Yours!

Many home businesses are internet based
Many home businesses are internet based | Source

A Balanced Viewpoint

To reach a balanced viewpoint you will need to draw up your own individual list of pros and cons to gauge whether working from home can realistically work for you. Give order to your work areas and structure your day and you will discover there are more pros than cons to your new working life in a home environment.

A sedentary lifestyle is not good whether you are sitting all day at a desk in the office or doing the same at home. When working from home at your computer, sitting in the same position for too long will give anyone aches and pains so make time to take some regular exercise and rest your eyes by looking at some distant objects. You may find you will also need to keep an eye on your weight if you no longer walk that far in the course of your working day. Keep your fridge stocked with healthy stacks rather than naughty nibbles or you waistline will soon begin to suffer! If you can't get to the gym then invest in an exercise bike and pedal away the pounds.

Could you work at home? Here are some additional tips and ideas to inspire you:

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Turning Your Situation Around To Your Advantage.

Busy mums of preschool children often feel stuck in the home environment but having a skill that allows them to work from home is a great advantage. You can easily structure your day around your baby's or toddler's routine and not feel pressured into meeting any deadlines by anyone else. Find out what you are good at, build on those talents and the ideas for a home-based business are virtually limitless.

Working from Home Productively

© 2016 Stella Kaye


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    • Kosmo profile image

      Kelley Marks 

      2 years ago from California

      I'm still trying to find some work-at-home possibilities that actually "work." Establishing a website or websites, and blogging to advertise them, seem the only way to make meaningful amounts of money. Please let me know if I've missed something!...

    • Stella Kaye profile imageAUTHOR

      Stella Kaye 

      3 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the above comments and thanks for reading my article and I hope your writing ventures prove successful

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      Chelsey Thompson 

      3 years ago from Seward, NE

      I have been working from home as a freelance writer for the past 4 years and absolutely love it. Of course there are going to be negatives, it isn't just sitting in your PJ's hoping it all works out, but it can also be very rewarding!

    • m abdullah javed profile image

      muhammad abdullah javed 

      3 years ago

      Excellent Stella. The comparision clearly specifies the actuality of the situation, added to this is your wise move of assigning the responsibility of maintaining a balanced view point on the part of readers. Thanks for sharing.

    • hubber8893 profile image

      Sourav Rana 

      3 years ago

      Being your own boss is the most lucrative thing about working from home; also you will start working whenever you want and then stop at your own will, there is none to ask you about this.

      One of the disadvantage I have found is that the working from home does not nourish your pay rate with the passage of time which increase significantly for an office worker as his/her level goes up. Your pay rate will remain same even if you are working for 6 years at home or for 2 years


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