What better way to start a working day than to roll out of bed at 9 am…or better yet make it 9:30 and turn on your computer wearing only your favorite pj’s and warm slippers? No horrible morning traffic to make you late, no hyperactive logorrheic co-workers to bother you, and most importantly, no bosses expecting your best “I’m a winner” smile. For most of us, this might sound like the dream job, and even though some may be great at it, it’s certainly not for everyone. We want to share with you the advantages and disadvantages of working from home so you can decide for yourself. Here they are:
10. Save Time
This one is an obvious advantage since working from home saves you time by avoiding the traffic going to and returning from work, no waiting for the late bus, you save time on dressing up, prepare lunch boxes– a little extra time to get those daily exercises done and be home if your kids need to be picked up from school.
9. Save Money
Working from home can really make a difference when it comes to cutting costs and increase your finances. Just think about it: if you drive a car you save money on gas, parking fees, car maintenance and, lest we forget, those (always) unexpected speed tickets. If you don’t have a car you save money on bus tickets, subways passes and all traffic transportation. You spend less money on clothes and avoid those horrible dress codes. You save money on food, because if you’re not one of those people who carry their perfectly made lunchboxes to work, you spend an average of 200$ on lunches per month.
8. Your own schedule
Working from home means that you don’t have to wake up at 8 to be home at work at 9. And that’s one of the fortunate cases. Working from home means you get to make you own schedule and as long as you follow it you’ll also get to have free time and spend it accordingly.
7. Less distractions
Less distractions from your coworkers means more productivity. Even though this one is a major advantage, it can also turn against you, but we’ll get to that in a second.
6. Better Health
Staying and working from home means you avoid pretty much all kinds of health endangering scenarios like ill colleagues, bad weather and most importantly less stress, because we all know stress is the cause of many health dysfunctions.
5. Advantages and disadvantages of working from home – Distractions
Even though working from home means that you avoid office distractions, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any at home. On the contrary. Home can be a very distracting place. We’re talking kids, pets, neighbor’s kids & pets enjoying a long summer day while you’re trying to translate Dostoyevsky.
4. Gaining Weight
Gaining extra weight is a real danger. No inspiration? The kitchen is only 3 steps away. 6 times a day. So unless you stick to your daily exercise routine, you might begin to wonder why is it that you’re starting to put on weight faster than before. Because you basically spend all day sitting at a desk and looking at a computer. There’s not much movement involved.
3. Social Life
Working from home can get very lonely. In an office you can have a chit-chat with your colleagues, tell some jokes, gossip about your boss, etc. But unless you’re a lone wolf, working from home can really affect your social skills, thus your love life and if you ever want to work in an office again, you’ll find it very difficult to adapt to that environment very quickly.
One of the reasons most people work in an office is that they would like to get promoted one day, if they’re good at what they’re doing. Working from home doesn’t have that many career opportunities since there is not much contact with superiors.
Working from home can be very tricky. You might confuse your work life with your private one. You might feel that you have more free time but unless you have a really strict schedule, you’ll end up spending all day (and night) working.
What do you think? Do our advantages and disadvantages of working from home make sense to you? Are you working or thinking about working from home? Please share your stories in the comment section.