There are many people who have realised the benefits of working from home. Aside from the obvious advantages of being your own boss and not having a commute every day, there are also other benefits of being able to work from the comforts of your own home.
The ‘work from home’ industry has grown substantially over the past few years, and it is steadily rising as more people opt for a more relaxed and flexible work schedule. Over half of self-employed people rely on working from home in some shape or form, and 38% of people use their home as a work base.
If you are considering doing the same, making your decision may be a bit easier when you know a few of the advantages that it entails:
WHY WORK FROM HOME
You Have Control
When you work from home, you have much more control over your life. You have no worries of getting up and off to the office every day, and you can schedule work around your family time. If you begin to feel a bit stressed, you can simply step away from work and take a break.
If you need to pop the washing on or record that TV show you forget to watch, it is not a problem because you can simply get up from your desk and head over to your kitchen/living room
You Can Give Yourself a Raise
Because you control when and how much you work, you can simply work more if you need to earn additional income. Having the ability to give yourself a raise when needed is a major advantage over waiting for your employer to decide that you have earned it. You have control over what you spend on your business so essentially; you make all of the decisions on where your money comes from and how you spend it.
The only downside is that you will need to buy all your own home office equipment; so if your laptop needs upgrading, you’ll have to pay the price.
You Have More Family Time
One of the main reasons that people decide to begin working from home is because they have much more time to spend with their families. Some working mums in particular may feel that they can give better care for their families when they are at home, and having the ability to earn an income while essentially being a stay-at-home-mum, is a major advantage.
You will need to put processes in place though to ensure you don’t get distracted from home life when working. You are not going to get much work done if your little one keeps pestering you for a drink, or saying that they are bored.
You Can Be Healthier
Working from home allows you to control your work environment. Instead of being around co-workers who may be ill, you can be at home and avoid common illnesses.
Many viruses are passed around at the workplace and being at home while working helps you to avoid these viruses and the dreaded office bug! You can save money by cutting down on doctor visits due to contagious illnesses, and since you set your own schedule, you can add a bit of time each day for exercise to really feel healthier.
Working from home is not all sunshine and roses but it does offer a few advantages over working in public places. You have more control over your health, finances and your schedule in general, which is probably why so many people have started working from home.
Would you consider it in the near future?