Last week, I talked about how I’m super excited to start working from home, and all of the positives that go along with it (such as no pants and making your own schedule, haha). However, there are some disadvantages and I would like to talk about them.
To me, the positives of working from home greatly outweigh the negatives. The negatives don’t bother me all too much, and it’s much better than dragging my butt to work everyday at a place that I am not in love with. However, I have met a couple of people who say that they hate working from home and prefer to work in an office environment.
You’re always working
Working from home and freelancing means that you’ll most likely devote more time and always feel like you are working because of the environment that you are in.
Also, running your own business almost always equals more work, because you don’t want to see your business fail. So many freelancing professionals work over 80 hours per week, it’s almost like it’s normal!
I know that eventually my freelancing will probably take over my life, but I am fine with that! I just want a healthy balance, and I want to be able to devote more time to my freelancing. I also want to enjoy what I am doing.
If you are used to working in a very social environment, then working from home will be a complete shock to you most likely. You might miss the daily interactions with your coworkers and lunches out. I eat by myself everyday and have almost no interaction at my job (it’s a very, very small office that I’m in), so this won’t be a big change at all.
Most of my friends and W have a different work schedule than I currently do, so I will have more time to see everyone when I start working from home.
You might get easily distracted
Working from home can be great but you need to be really focused. It is all too easy to start procrastinating and turning on the TV instead of working. Life without a schedule can prove to be difficult as well, and a person needs to be very self-motivated.
Having children and working at home can always be a big distraction as well. I know of many people who send their children to daycare or a babysitter a couple of days a week so that they can get undistracted work done.
A negative of freelancing 100% (so, this is not entirely related to working from home because some people work from home but still work for a company), means that I will lose my stable income from my job. I will also lose my free benefits such as their contribution to my SEP and health insurance. Success means I have to take risks, right?
Would you work from home?