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The Pros and Cons of Working From Home

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.

Pros and cons of working from home

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.

The pros and cons of working from home

Pros and Cons of Working From Home

THE BEST

  • 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

THE WORST

  • Business record keeping
  • Isolation
  • 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!

Bridie Jenner

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

Great list, although I have to disagree with a couple of points.

I've worked from home for the best part of 15 years and one of my golden rules is no PJs in the office - unless I'm up at silly o'clock checking a transcript before the kids are awake.

I also find that I can end up working extremely long hours as the office is "right there" which isn't always great for work/life balance - in fact sometimes I forget that I have a life! - and unfortunately in my line of work I can't work from anywhere around the home, enjoy music, or take a day off whenever I feel like it.

But, having said all that, I love working from home. I have two greyhounds for company - I wouldn't be able to have a dog at all if I worked 9-5 in an office job - and not having to commute and being my own boss make up for any downsides. Yes, it can feel isolated at times, but I've found social media is a great way to combat this.

Holly

Sunday 29th of November 2015

I do so much of my work at the late crazy hours, so pjs is kind of a must. That's life with a baby though and it works for me. Not for everyone. I agree sometimes it can get too easy to just keep working... But hopefully for most, the beckoning outside world is temptation enough to keep it balanced :)

Hugzilla

Monday 17th of August 2015

This is so spot on, I can't even.... It sounds silly, but one of the things I miss most is the Christmas parties! Sad face.

Holly

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

Yes, me too actually. Even when I hated work, I still liked to attend the events lol

Sonia Life Love Hiccups

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

Oh girls girls girls... you do know you can take yourself off to a day spa or a loooong lunch out and call it a Christmas party. Maybe we should all have one massive online Christmas party for us work from homers ;) xx

Janet aka Middle Aged Mama

Monday 17th of August 2015

It IS a great lifestyle (I'm sitting here, just knocked off my "paid" work, and am wearing my slippers as I have done all day!) but there are downsides as you've pointed out. The other cons are that there is no holiday or sick pay, and you have to pay for your own super. But if you build that into your pricing - well you really can't beat it I reckon!

Holly

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

The super & working out your own tax are cons I should have added for sure, but slippers = mega pro!

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

Monday 17th of August 2015

SO true!!! It's so different working at home and definitely takes some adjusting to!

Holly

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

Yep, I'm far worse at procrastinating but will work on that. Not getting up early is lovely!

Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

Monday 17th of August 2015

I work part time so I kind of have the best and worst of both worlds! One of my favourite things about working from home though, is definitely the pyjama uniform!

Holly

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

I used to do both but now it's pjs every day haha almost! Lucky since the post baby weight has made me a bit too fat still for some of my real world clothes. Maybe cos I sit on my butt too much ;)