Pros and Cons of Working from Home

Working from home seems like the answer to every parent’s dream. It can give you the flexibility you need but is it all good and what are the downfalls?

I have worked from home on a part time basis since my child was born in 2007. There have been ups and downs and there are things you need to consider when working from home.

Indeed, it is becoming easier and more attractive because of  modern technology like email, efax, Skype and the internet. Working from home can really be a mixed blessing. While some people will readily jump at it as the best solution, many others may not enjoy the solitude it can bring. If you are contemplating whether you should take the plunge then read on for the pros and cons:

Pros of Working from Home

  • Flexibility: It means you can fit in your work when your children are asleep or at school. I will quite often finish off work of an evening.
  • Precious travelling time is saved: This is also a major consideration as travelling can take a few hour out of your day.
  • Reductions in wardrobe expenses: Working from home means that you can wear casual clothes, although some people do feel that they can only function if they wear a suit!
  • Office rent is saved: There is no need to rent office space as you can do everything from a room in your house.
  • Other expenses including travel expenses can be saved.

Cons of Working From Home

  • It can take a long time to build up a business.
  • Motivation: The absence of pressure, target or competition could create slack and inefficiency. Unless discipline is introduced, it can bring a sharp fall in productivity.
  • Isolation: It could be isolating working from home alone.
  • Distractions: Without serious commitment you may be tempted to mix home tasks with business at times. In other words, leaving your business to attend to other minor issues could lead to inefficiency.
  • If your baby is very young background noise could be an issue.

2 Comments

  • Mariane says:

    This is quite interesting not because I do have an issue working from home but because some clients are asking what are the pros and cons of working from home during the application process and being relatively new in this industry, I honestly do not know what to answer 🙂 If a worker has a baby though, that shouldn’t be an issue. Think of yourself as someone working in an office based setting. You will hire a nanny and get one of your relatives who will be willing to look after the nanny to make sure the baby is well taken care of. Do the same even if you are working from home.

  • Essie says:

    I recently began work as a freelance transcriber. My experience in the field was decades old, as I had only used the skill to earn money while in college. Starting back in my late 50s was not easy. The technology had changed (improved drastically), the fingers were stiff (they get better with practice) and I had no one to whom I could ask questions. I eventually found this blog, and it has been a tremendous resource. Every post on transcription is spot on, the advice is practical and useful, and skills are described well. Most of the dilemmas of the field have been presented, too.
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