Working from Home: The Pros and Cons
When I elected to work from home as a freelance writer, I had little notion of the benefits and drawbacks of such a move. I expected that certain aspects of the situation would be very appealing, and I was right about that (I mean, who doesn’t want to be their own boss?!). What I didn’t realize was that there would be an equal number of difficulties involved. Most people who work from home probably face the same issues, but if you’re just starting out with your home-based business, you may not have the first idea of what to expect. So here are just a few lessons I learned along the way that can help you decide if it’s the right move for you.
1. No commute. Okay, this is awesome! Anyone who faces a long drive in gridlock (not to mention hundreds of dollars a month spent on gas) will be praising their god of choice that the commute is no longer a part of their daily routine.
2. No boss. This is kind of a double-edged sword. It’s pretty nice to have complete control over the workflow, but at first, you’re going to abuse it. Don’t feel bad, everyone does it. With no boss to crack the whip, it’s all too easy to sleep in late, spend the day running errands, and realize at 5:00pm that you’re too tired to start work. That’s a whole day more or less wasted. When you’re not only the boss, but also the sole employee (as well as sales, marketing, and billing), you need to stay on top of your business if you want to make any money.
3. No coworkers. This may seem like a blessing, especially if you’re surrounded by Chatty Cathys spreading office gossip at the water cooler behind your cubicle. But there is something to be said for interacting with other people each day. You probably won’t miss the constant interruptions, but you can get pretty lonely sitting at home all day, so you’ll have to make an effort to get out and see friends for coffee or drinks once in awhile.
4. No schedule. Flexibility is fantastic. Sure you’ll have deadlines, but you can do your work in the morning, afternoon, or evening (whatever suits you) as long as you get it done on time. Of course, you’re going to have to be pretty organized and commit to a certain amount of work hours each day if you really want to make a go of it, but once you get into a routine, it’s nice to know that you could make a change at a moment’s notice if you want to go out for lunch. And if you plan for it, you can take a vacation whenever you want, or work only three or four days a week. No more punching a clock or checking in with HR!
5. No guarantee. Okay, this is the hard part. There are going to be times when the work dries up (especially in the beginning). If you know where to look, you can probably find some kind of steady work, but there’s no guaranteed paycheck every two weeks, and that can get pretty stressful. So if you’re going to work from home, just make sure you have a nest egg in place to account for the lean times.
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