3.03.2015

Working from home- Pro's and Con's

I have wanted to write this post for a while, finally getting around to it now




Some of you know that I work mainly from home, I have a home office and I sit in there mainly all day with my phone and computer, I book appointments for a dealership.. customers call me and I call them. 
I wanted to list some Pro's and Con's because everyone I talk to says... oh wow, that is awesome to work from home 

Pro's:
- work in your PJ's - although I only do that on Monday's- every other day I get up and get dressed and even wear heels. 
- You are able to throw in some laundry, start dinner, general tidy of the house 
- You can take a nap at lunch time if you want ( I do) 
- No commute 
- No one to look over your shoulder 
- you can write of a portion of your home office expenses on your taxes 
- Sleep in longer- I get up with just enough time to get to the office and turn on the computer, most days I eat breakfast while scrolling thru my emails first in the morning 


Con's:
- You can't go thru a drive thru somewhere to get coffee ( well you can but why go out;) ) 
- You do not see people all day long- last week I was inside all week, never went out for anything until Saturday,  I get cabin fever .- thankful for the office chat program we have and phones 
- hard to stay focused all day when no one knows what you are doing 
- You can never escape the office and go home, because you are already there 
- working from home can be messy and will take up an entire spare room in your home 
- You do not get face to face time with your co workers so it is difficult to see if there are new projects you would be interested in

Tips for working at home:
Working out of your home can be a great solution for some people, I have worked in an office and in my own home, I think it takes special discipline to work at home to work at home. You need to ask yourself- this this work style fit in with what I want and how I can be most effective 

If you do work out of your home, it is important to remember: 
  • Maintain a presence at the main office. Report in often and let your boss know you are alive and productive. 
  • Treat your study (or wherever you work) like a real office. Close the door at 6 p.m. and don't open it until you are beginning work the next morning. 
  • Get dressed as you would for work and be consistent with your hours. Act like you are at the office and not at home, and you stand a good chance of actually being productive.

6 comments

  1. Oh, I FEEL YOU!!!!! I have been working from home for over three years - I agree with the pros and cons - and I LOVE LOVE that my desk is right next to a big open window - definitely one of the "pros" as it helps during this dreary winter! Thanks for your comments - lots of truths!

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  2. This is SO very true. I'm a stay at home mom so I guess that's considered "working from home." I agree with getting dressed everyday like you would if you were going to work. It makes you feel more productive!

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  3. I love the 'no commute' on the pro list. That alone makes it worth it to me in the winter when the roads are icy and nasty like they are here right now!

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  4. i like the pros - 'specially the workin in pajamas part :D

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  5. Another great thing I noticed: You don't have to waste money on gas, which is a giant plus. You can also organize your day much better when you're working from home. Some people simply don't feel focused enough when working from 9 to 5. Me personally, I love working at night so it's another plus from my side!

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