Many people fantasize about working from the comfort of their own home. While there are a variety of work-from-home opportunities that can suit a number of lifestyles, not everyone is cut out for a work-from-home job.
Pros and cons of working from home
Whether you want to become your own boss or work for someone else remotely, working from home has its pros and cons just like any other job.
Let’s take a look at some comparisons to see if working from home is a good fit for you.
Focus vs. Distraction
Even though you may have never really thought about it (and sometimes it may not seem like it), every person in any workplace is focused on the same thing: completing their job.
We are conditioned to work when we enter our place of employment and relax when we are at home. To successfully work from home, you will need to change those patterns of behavior.
Will your home office provide you with an effective work atmosphere or distractions that will hinder your productivity? Is there a lot of noise or other distraction? Can you resist the TV or refrigerator when it calls your name? Will you be able to ignore the household chores that need to be done in order to focus on work?
These are all important things to consider about your work environment before making a decision.
9 to 5 vs. 24/7
One of the biggest freedoms of working from home is being able to make your own schedule. This can be an amazing perk if you are a good time manager. However, you can easily find yourself working strange hours or procrastinating if time and project management is not a personal strong suit.
In addition, you will not have the luxury of “leaving it all at the office.” After all, your home is your office. This can cause you to work way more hours than you would at any office job.
You should decide whether a flexible schedule is something you can control or something that will control you before making a decision about pursuing a work-from-home job.
Structure vs. Freedom
Most people work well when there are guidelines, procedures, and protocol. Many times when working from home, this type of structure is something that you are responsible for creating or collaborating on with others.
A good question to ask yourself is: Do you work well on your own, or do you need someone to tell you exactly what to do and how to do it?
If you need someone to provide structure and guidance to be productive, working from home may not be the best option.
Are you envisioning this work-from-home job as an extended vacation with pay? If so, you need a reality check. Working from home is exactly that: working from home. You will still have deadlines, expectations, and, many times, more personal responsibility than you had before.
Working from home provides you with luxuries that can’t be found in an office job, but not everyone will be able to handle the freedom and flexibility successfully. Is working from home a good fit for you? Hopefully after reading this, you are closer to figuring out the answer to that question.