For many people, working from home is a big step: easy on the surface, but very different to being in the workplace. It may not be for everyone, but if you are the sort of person who is self-motivated and can stick to strict deadlines, then working from home, either for a company or freelancing could certainly prove a viable option.
So, what are the potential positives and negatives of working from home, and could it be the right decision for you?
No more commuting
Long distances, unreliable public transport and heavy traffic at rush hour can all eat into your spare time. Working from home, however, could allow you to focus on your work without the stress a commute can bring – something which could see your output improve.
More time for yourself
By cutting out travel time, your free time could begin from the moment you sign off for the day. Dependent on how you’d most like to use this time, it could mean much more time to spend with loved ones, or the opportunity to indulge a hobby.
You could save money
One of the factors many people take into account when deciding to work from home, is the monetary benefits. Not only could you save on travel expenses, but you could also save extra cash that may have been spent on pricey lunches and early-morning coffees.
Less social interaction
A lack of social interaction can prove lonely for some. As well as office chat, you may also miss out on company lunch events or nights out, where you and your colleagues can blow off some steam. One simple remedy could be to stay in contact with old workmates as often as possible, scheduling in time to catch up.
When working from home it is essential to put in the same amount of time and effort as you would at the office, but moving from a high-pressured office environment to the distractions of your home could actually make it hard to stay dedicated. In situations like this, a dedicated home office space could be a feasible solution.
If you are debating whether working from home is right for you, thinking through these points could help you to make as well-informed and well-thought out a decision as possible.