Top 10 Reasons To Work From Home
Working from home is so much better than working in an external office!
However, I know some people struggle with being disciplined enough to be able to do it. Honestly, it works best when you love your work and not when you are pushing paper for someone else.
Here’s what I love about working from home:
- You can set your own hours. This is seriously my number 1 for a reason. Everyone has their own biorhythms… their own flow. Some people work best at night, some — like me — very early in the morning. Unlike a regular 8–5 job, I don’t have to pretend to work or force myself to pump out results when my entire being is being uncooperative.
- You can take a catnap whenever you want to. And it never fails. Whenever I lay down on the couch to sneak in some shut eye, I start getting my Best Ideas Ever. I have to keep a notebook on the table by the couch because about 2 minutes after I lay down, I need to quickly pick up my pen and paper to write streams and streams of brilliant ideas. Usually it’s an entire concept wrapped up nicely for my download. What does this illustrate? It reiterates the evidence that our brains need some quiet time. We work best with regular periods of silence.
- You avoid the daily commute. Add up all the time you spend getting to and from work. For me, this was 2 hours a day. What a rip off!
- You can eat healthier. Want to throw together a salad at the last minute? Easy. Want to heat something up on the stove or oven? Not a problem. Need to steal an extra 20 minutes at the end of the day preparing the family meal? Do it! You even have time for cooking eggs in the mornings and you can start your day off right.
- You save money. On food, transportation, clothing, daycare, spontaneous lunchtime shopping trips, and more. Working from home is cheaper. Period. Don’t forget you are also able to write off partial home expenses on your taxes.
- You are more productive. It’s easier to focus on tasks to completion and move onto other things. There’s no one to fool at home. Getting the job done quicker is in your best interests. Complete work, send bill, get paid.
- Less interruptions, less pointless meetings. Get to the point in everything you do. Attend meaningful meetings via teleconference. Avoid interactions that provide little value with people you wouldn’t hang out with anyway outside of work.
- You can work from anywhere. Right now I’m working out of my car because my 15-month-old fell asleep in his car seat. Talk about a win win. I should probably put a plug in for my pet cell phone, the Samsung Note 8. It’s pretty much a mini computer. I can get so much work done on it wherever I happen to be.
- I have more time with my family. Even though I complain about being the “homemaker” a lot, I actually get a lot out of being the glue that makes my family unit work. Yesterday, for example, my daughter’s bus dropped her off in the wrong neighborhood. By working from home, I could have gone and rescued her. (Except that her dad made her walk the 10 blocks… the point is, I could have picked her up!)
- I get to enjoy my home. My boyfriend works full time and is gone 11 hours a day (at a minimum). He feels like he’s paying a lot of money for a home that he barely gets to spend time in. I, on the other hand, love spending time in our home. It’s got a nice energy. It feels different when it’s just me and I bask in the amount of thinking and creative space and peace and quiet. It makes sense and feels good to carve out office space in my home than pay to rent office space elsewhere.
When I ran a previous business, I longed to rent “real” office space so that I would feel more like a “real” company. Eventually I did find office space and moved the business out of my home and my expenses doubled just to satisfy my ego. Lesson learned. I don’t need to prove that point anymore.
Just because you work from home, doesn’t mean you are secluded or a complete hermit. I have weekly meetings with clients (either by video conference, telephone or in-person at a coffee shop) and as soon as my little pup starts preschool, I’ll start getting out to networking meetings again.
As a self-starter, I find working from home to be highly satisfying. Try it, you may like it! The benefits are well worth the effort.