The Pros and Cons of Working at Home

20 Oct

I am fortunate that I get to work at home. While this may seem like a dream opportunity, there are some things to consider if you want to work at home.

computerFirst the pros:

1. The freedom – Working from home gives you freedoms you wouldn’t otherwise have in a workplace setting – for one, you don’t have to worry about scheduling appointments around a 9-to-5 schedule, and, if you have a laptop, you can do your work just about anywhere – at a coffee shop, on the go, etc.

2. The clothes – Many workplaces make you wear a uniform or nice clothes which costs you money, but if you work from home, you don’t have to worry about investing in expensive work clothes.

3. Sleeping in – If you are not a morning person like me, working from home allows you to sleep in since you don’t have to get ready for work. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve went to bed late, gotten up for work and literally walked ten steps from the bed to the computer.

4. Keeping up with stuff around the house – If you like keeping a clean home, working from home gives you the opportunity to keep your house neat and tidy.

Now, for the cons:

1. The freedom – Yes, this pro to working at home can also be a con. Since working from home gives you so much freedom, you must be very disciplined and able to get your work done in a timely manner.

2. Working too hard – In a workplace setting, you are usually required to take rest breaks as well as a lunch break. When working from home, you may work too hard and wear yourself out if you don’t remember to take breaks.

3. Being on the computer too long – If you like Facebook as much as me and you already use your home computer to do work, you may find yourself spending too much time on the computer if you’re not careful. Since I’ve started working from home I’ve had to remind myself to take a break from the computer.

4. Lack of face-to-face interaction – If you are someone who enjoys face-to-face interaction in the workplace, working from home might not be for you.

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2 Responses to “The Pros and Cons of Working at Home”

  1. Looking Out The Window October 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    As a person who has worked at home now for several years I appreciate your article, but one of the most important elements I think you missed is a home office.

    Everyone needs a door to close and a space that is just for work. It isn’t to say I have taken work out of the office, but generally it is an imaginary threshold that isn’t crossed. it allows me to to successfully telecommute this long. I have two lives even in the same house.

    • Valia October 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

      Yes, that is so important as well. I live in a generally small space right now, so a separate office in my home is not possible.

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