It does not matter if you are a small business owner who works from home full time, or someone who does it part-time by splitting your time by working from home on occasion, there are a lot of pros and cons to think about before you set up a home office and plan your work environment.
Working from a home-based office is almost certainly not for everyone, so it is very important to consider the different advantages and disadvantages before you make it a part of your work process and commit to working from home.
Here are a few of each of these to consider, to help you decide if working from home is right for you as an individual and your life.
Pros of Working from Home
There are lots of reasons why working from home is an amazing option for many small business owners. Here, we will have a look at a few of them!
There is no commute: Not having to commute for a long time to and from work each and every day can save you a huge amount of time and money. In fact, it can even reduce your stress levels!
Less distractions: While there may be a great number of distractions at home, you can control them much easier than you can control distractions that come from your co-workers and colleagues when working in an office. Office-based noise and related distractions are almost non-existent in a home-office environment.
More flexibility: When you are working from home, it allows you to work during your most productive time, wear whatever you feel most comfortable wearing and create a workflow and daily plan which works for you and around you. In an office, you do not have such a degree of control.
You can save money: Let’s face it, traveling to and from work everyday can become very expensive. By avoiding the long and tiresome commute, you can save money. Also, when you work from home, you can write off some of your home-office related expenses on your taxes, too!
Better work-life balance: Many modern professionals really struggle with striking the right balance between their work and personal lives; working from home makes the balance a whole lot easier as you have a greater degree of control over your working life. This leads to a better overall quality of life and lower stress levels.
Cons of Working from Home
While there are lots of pros from working from home which makes it a great thing to do, there are also some cons you need to consider before taking the plunge.
It is harder to unwind: When your home is your office, there is a lesser distinction between your work and personal life. When it comes to working from home, you may find it harder to shut down at the end of the day and can overwork yourself.
Loss of living space: Making your home your office will also mean that you lose a portion of your living space, as it will become your work space. This is not a huge problem if you have a big house or apartment, however.
It can be lonely: In an office you are surrounded by your friends and colleagues, but at home you just have yourself and, if you are lucky, some family members. This can get quite lonely, especially if you are a singleton who lives alone.
You need self-discipline: Getting yourself out of bed and off to the office can be hard for many of us, so when it comes to working from home it is so easy to become lazy and begin neglecting work. When you are in a home environment, getting up and working to a schedule each day takes a great deal of self-discipline and motivation.