Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Working from home - pros and cons

I work from home mostly. I do go out when I do public speaking, but all the writing, blogging and mentor sessions happen at home. In many ways I love working from home, but it does have it's downfalls.

Pros for working at home:
- No commute: I detest traffic and really prefer not to drive, instead I like to be a passenger.
- Flexibility: I can work around my kids and other things if needs be
- Everything is there: I can't forget something or leave it at home, because I live where I work
- No/low overheads: My costs for running a business from home are lower than if I rented office space.

Cons for working at home:
- Not taken seriously: Many people do not take working from home as a serious job or business, instead it is usually viewed as a hobby.
- Drop ins: People drop in or think because you work from home you are available anytime. Not so. I work from home but I have work hours and just because I am at home doesn't mean I am available.
- Less interaction: Working in an office with other people means there is more social interaction. Working from home can be isolating (but I am ok with that. I get social interaction elsewhere).
- Work life balance: The work life balance can get skewed because work is right there it can be tempting to work more than necessary/work whenever/ not stick to actual hours.
Distractions: At home it is easy to get distracted by other things that need to be done or to blow off work for things you want to do instead.

Looking at the above there are more cons than pros to working from home that I thought of, but it is not a matter of which one has more. Which pros and cons matter more to you and are more important? For me, the flexibility, low or no overheads and no commute outweigh the cons of working from home.

Do you work from home? What are your thoughts on the pros and cons?


1 comment :

  1. In my job I sometimes work from home and really identify with your list. It is very frustrating to have my work days (which are quite structured and perhaps more intensive than when I work from the workplace) interrupted by people who think I'm having a "day off" or don't treat it like a real job!

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