I’ve been working from home for over five years now, and although it’s not always rainbows, butterflies, and unicorns, it’s still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
But, it’s not for everyone so here are 4 ways to know if it’s right for you:
You Want Flexibility
The best part about working from home is that I have the flexibility to work whenever I want. This doesn’t mean I don’t have deadlines (because I have deadlines coming out of my ears) but it does mean that I can dictate exactly which hours I work and which hours I don’t.
If you crave flexibility or your boss scoffs every time you take off work because your kid is sick, working from home might be great for you.
You Don’t Want to Wear Pants
If you don’t want to wear pants or work clothes or anything at all for that matter, you should work from home. Corporations don’t like it when their employees show up without pants on, but when you work from home, very little is required of your appearance.
I tend to get dressed because I have to drop off my kids at school and then the UPS man stops by every now and then so I try not to scare them. However, if you want to save money on work clothes (or makeup – I haven’t bought new makeup in forever) this is a big pro to working from home!
You’re Sick and Tired of Your Commute
In my last job I had a super short commute, but in the one before that, I sat in traffic for 45 minutes both ways. It was brutal. I felt like by the time I got home after a long day of work, I was too tired to do anything. Working from home really eliminates the commute altogether. Not only that, but you are in your home, so you can chop some vegetables for dinner when you take a break or switch the loads of laundry.
Don’t get me wrong; chores can be a distraction too. However, by mixing in business and personal, sometimes you can create a bit more balance in your life.
You Work Better Alone
I feel like I have co-workers because I interact with other bloggers and entrepreneurs every single day. There are many bloggers who I consider my best friends, and we text, e-mail, and Facebook message regularly. However, they aren’t here in my house with me, and there’s something nice about knowing that I don’t have to go into any meetings, answer to anyone, or go anywhere if I don’t want to.
Sometimes people just work better alone, but the corporate workforce is so set on having these open air collaborative work environments that are great for extroverts but not for people who derive their energy by working alone.
If you feel like you would be well suited to working from home but you don’t know where to start, e-mail me! I love talking about entrepreneurship. Or, if you’re a writer interested in writing for a living, you might like my course.
Do you work from home or have you always wanted to? Why do you think it would be a good fit?