Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home
I have been working from home for about a few months now and have found a lot of benefits to it. I have also found a lot of disadvantages with working from home. Continue reading below to learn more.
Benefits of Working from Home
- Flexible Working Hours
For the most part, working from home means more flexibility in choosing your working hours. If you're lucky you can even choose to start work any time that you feel is convenient for you, be it at 9 in the morning or at midnight.
- Increased Productivity
What having flexible working hours also means is that you can wake up at your own pace and be fully energetic and consequently more productive in your work. And I don't know about you, but I find myself most productive when I'm wearing something comfortable, sitting in a relaxed environment, with my dorky glasses on and no makeup!
You also get more work done since you are not wasting hours of your day commuting back and forth from and to work. Commuting is the worst part of having a non-remote job in my opinon.
- More Family Time
May it be your mother, your kids or simply your pets, spending more time at home means that you get to spend more time with your loved ones. As long as you're not distracting yourself, this enables you to have the best of both worlds. I find that working from home is most convenient for women who want to be house wives or who are raising kids and don't want to leave them home all day with staff.
- No Dress Code
As mentioned above, I find myself most productive when I can wear whatever I want, slippers and big t-shirts included. I find this to be a huge advantage. You can have a bad hair day everyday and not have to worry about it.
Disadvantages of Working from Home
- Less Lucrative
One of the biggest problems with working from home is that it pays less - a LOT less. Unless you form an agreement with your employer where you move from a non-remote job to a remote one while keeping your same income, working online will generally entail freelancing which pays a lot less than a full time job.
- Unsocial Environment
Sometimes you get lazy and unsocial spending the entire day at home, sometimes in bed, working. If you're an introvert like me, you might not like it, but a bit of office socialisation will do you well every once in a while.
If you don't have a good deal of discipline, you can get distracted very easily, watching TV, talking on the phone to friends, talking to your family, mother, kids etc.
Finally, although working from home can work out perfectly for a lot of people and can be beneficial in so many different ways, it definitely isn't for everyone, especially not if you let distractions get in the way. Sadly, working remotely often is not very lucrative. After a few month of freelancing online, my revenues are still not close to what I would earn in a full time job.