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Working from home sounds pretty amazing, right? And for the most part, it is, but like anything, there are bound to be a few parts that are less appealing than others. It’s a fact of life we can’t love everything, and we are still talking about work after all.
It has been close to a year since I started working from home.
I took the leap to work at home due to frustrations in the workplace, but most of all, wanting to be at home for with my daughter. As a result, I now earn an income at home doing something I love, while spending far more time with my family.
But anyone working from home will tell you while the perks are fabulous… it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows either! So I have summed up some of the main pros and cons of working from home.
Pros and Cons of Working From Home
- Working your own hours
- Being able to wear PJs all day long
- Bed hair and no makeup is perfectly acceptable
- A fridge and pantry full of food options
- Saving money on travel
- There is no such thing as being late for work
- You won’t get in trouble for taking 3-hour lunch breaks
- Taking a day off just because you can – no permission needed
- Doing your work wherever you want – in bed, on the couch, in a hammock…
- More time with your kids (if you have kids)
- You can decorate your workspace any way you please
- No frustrating employees or employers
- You won’t be judged for your music taste or the fact you want to sing LOUD while you work
- Slippers are the perfect shoes
- Not having to call in sick when your children are unwell
- No traffic jams or delayed public transport
- Pride in achieving business goals on your own
- Being the decision-maker in all things related to your work and business
- You can be as creative as you want
- The ability to travel while you work in some cases
- No childcare costs (if you can manage work with kids at home)
- No being stuck at the office until late
- No need to take leave when you have a child home sick from school
- Business record keeping
- Higher electricity bills
- Harder to maintain a routine/schedule
- Snacking all day – because you can
- No work friends to laugh and socialise with
- Extra expenses (tools, insurance, software, hardware etc)
- No regular feedback or support
- Tax time is far more complicated
- No employer super contributions (don’t forget to set this up)
- Easily distracted by family, TV or other things at home
- No company Christmas party
There is a balance of good and bad when working from home, but for me the good far outweighs the bad.
Having the flexibility of working from home and earning an income doing something you actually want to do is empowering. Being your own boss pretty much rocks too!