Working From Home: The Pros And Cons

There are lot’s of reasons why someone might work from home; You might be a freelancer, a small business owner, or might have a job that allows you to work from home a couple of days a week. Whatever the reason, there are a few things that you should know before you start working from home yourself. Working from home has many appealing benefits, but it has a negative side too, so be sure to read through these pros and cons before you jump in at the deep end. 

Pro: Less Stressful

Working, in general, is stressful, but when you work in an office, you have to deal with the stress and get on with it. When you work from home, you don’t have to do this; If things are getting a little too much for you and you can’t handle the stress, you can take a break, have a cuppa, and relax until you’re a little calmer. 

Con: It’s A Lonely Life

Working from home can get pretty lonely, I’m afraid. When you spend all day sat in a room on your own, with no access to colleagues, you can feel pretty isolated and alone, so it’s important to socialise when you’re not working. 

Pro: No Commute

One of the most hated things about going to work is actually getting to work, especially if you live a while away. No one wants to wake up an hour earlier every morning to drive to work; It’s tiring, it wastes money, and it’s stressful, particularly when you’re running late. When you work from home, you don’t have this commute, so you save this time, money, and stress. 

Con: Self-Discipline Is A Must

When you work from home, it’s easy to avoid the actual working part. There’s always something “better” than work to be done, like housework, eating, making drinks, or even watching television, and when you work from home, all of these better options are constantly dangled in your face. You need a lot of self-discipline to resist temptation and actually get your work done. 

Pro: Flexible Hours

Not everyone is most productive between the hours of nine to five, in fact, few people actually are. There are people that prefer to work first thing in the morning or last thing at night. If you’re one of these people, then working from home is a great option, as you get to choose your own hours. 

Con: Less Living Space

If you want to be as productive as possible when working from home, then you need a home office, or at the very least, a workspace. Unfortunately, this means that you’re going to lose a chunk of space, or even an entire room to a computer and office furniture. You need to be prepared for this change, and you need to make sure that your family are on board too. 

Working from home isn’t for everyone, and sometimes working from home just gets too much for people. Before deciding anything, you need to think about whether working from home really is a good option for you.