For many people, their dream is working from home. It means they can get up when they want, wear their pajamas all day, and still get paid. However, changing from a traditional job to a work at home one is a move that needs careful consideration. This is because there are benefits and disadvantages to look out for, as well as practical considerations that you need to have a firm grip on before taking the plunge.
Read on to find out more.
One of the main benefits of working from home is that you can be around more for everyone that needs you. OK, so you won’t be able to devote yourself to them 24/7 because you will still have your job to do, or business to run, but you will be there when they leave for school, and there when they come back home in the afternoon.
Also if the kids have a day off sick, it means you don’t have to take one as well. The reason for this being that you can tuck them in bed and check on them regularly, all still while earning.
Other benefits include:
- not having to negotiate the morning commute which without a doubt will help reduce stress.
- more time to treat yourself to some exercise as sitting around can leave your feeling lethargic,
- and provide additional time in the day for hobbies or something else fun to do.
While the benefits of working from home may seem tempting, it’s important to think about the practical concerns and disadvantages too.
One particular element you need to consider is that working for someone else at home, and starting up your own business can be very different. For one thing, when starting a business, you have to always have access to the funds to pay your company’s bills. Otherwise, you won’t be able to fulfill your promises, and this can affect your success. You can do this by finding a company that offers a cash advance service, or a line of credit that can help you if your customers haven’t paid, but your bills are still due.
It’s also vital that you have a place to work in the home that acts as an office. Ideally, this will be a separate room, so you can close the door and get on even if others are in the house. Be wary of making an office space in the living room or dining room though, unless you live on your own. The reason for this being that it’s all too easy to get distracted by others’ activities this way.
- One of the disadvantages you need to consider when working at home is that it can get a little boring. Especially if you don’t get a chance to get out of the house all day. For some people, this can be maddening and so think carefully before you commit to a career or business that requires this of you.
- Feeling lonely is a genuine risk to consider when working from home. 
- Another real problem with working at home is that it’s hard to shut off from the day. Usually, we get to leave the office and return home, and that is a signal to forget what has happened and focus on our family life. However, this isn’t possible when your office is upstairs, and it’s easy to continue to check on emails and do that one last minute task that surfaced after dinner if you are not super disciplined with yourself.
These are all great points to consider and the effect that all of these factors will have on you, before making the decision to work from home.
Personally, it really depends on the mindset of the individual in the long term. You have to be honest with yourself as to what is more important to you and how you decide to achieve it. You have to weigh the odds and the results of the decision.
The bottom line is consistency in whatever decision you choose – it really is that simple! It is also the core requirement for your success.
I hope this thought-provoking article that was contributed has done its job in making you reflect inwardly before you make your outward decision and final choice when it comes to working at home!!
Much success to you.