With the boom of online commerce came the proliferation of work from home opportunities. When the Internet market was established, it opened many doors for livelihood and employment that will not require you to get out of your house. Just have a computer and Internet connection and voila, earn a living right in your living room. Such good news for home buddies, full time moms and all those who would rather not leave the comforts of their own homes. Although it is clear that working from home is full of advantages, of course it also has some major drawbacks.
If you are thinking of switching from your current corporate status to a home-based career, here are the pros and cons of working from home that will help you weigh your decision carefully: Pros
1. Independence. If you are the type who is better off working alone, working from home will be very advantageous for you. You do not have to depend on other people, which means that other people’s inefficiency will not be a factor in your productivity. Also, there is no boss to constantly criticize your work and affect your performance. You are your own boss. In a gist, this type of work is for Superman, but not for Batman who cannot work without Robin.
2. No dress code. Pyjamas and slippers? It does not matter. When you are working from home, there is no more need to don a stiff corporate attire that makes it hard for you to breathe.
3. Flexible Hours. This is probably one of the best things about working from home. You are not restricted to particular hours each day. You decide when you work, when you do not work. You can take as many breaks as you want to and there is no need to rush off in the morning because there is no way you are going to be late. As long as you get the job done in time and in good quality, nobody cares what particular day or time you did it.
4. No salary deductions. Your salary is yours alone. Isn’t that great?
5. No commuting. Let’s face it, the time you spend commuting, you can spend it doing something more productive. When you work from home, you will save yourself from all the hassle, time, money and efforts you spend on travelling from your home to your workplace.
1. Nobody else to rely on. Although it sure is a great thing to be independent, you must also realize that all the work load is in your back and there’s no one to take over but you. This means that if you’re sick, there’s no officemate to cover for you and you don’t get paid or earn money for that day.
2. No security and employment benefits.
3. Never ending work. Before, after a hard day at work, coming home is like a breath of fresh air. But now since your work is at your home, you may feel a little suffocated because what used to be your relaxation sanctuary is now the place of stress. Of course, this can be resolved by going out to get that much needed breath of fresh air.
4. Lonely. Even though some of your officemates give you headaches, you would still surely miss the fun times with them especially when you’re working alone in the house and there’s no one to share with that funny story you heard last night. If you’re a people-person, it can be a little depressing.
5. Easier to get distracted. When there are kids at home or your brother won’t stop bugging you, it’s hard to concentrate.
Freedom and convenience are the key advantages in working from home while lack of security is one of the major things that will make you think twice about engaging in this type of career. Just be sure to weigh things carefully before making a big leap towards your decision.