Pros and Cons of Working From Home

I’ve been working from home for the last few years now, and I’ve discovered there are a lot of pros and cons.

For myself the pros definitely outweigh the cons, though. You know, I’ve wanted to work for myself for as long as I can remember. Even when I decided to go to school for journalism it was to eventually become a freelance writer and I made that known to all of my professors and classmates ( and it’sĀ what I do now). So being able to do that makes me so unbelievably happy!

Which is why I want to start with the pros of working from home.

The Pros of Working From Home

Save Money

If you own your own business you will need somewhere to work. Some people prefer to work in a studio space or office outside of the house, but working from home is definitely the cheapest option. I mean, you’re already paying rent or a mortgage for the space you live in, why pay for more space unless you absolutely have to? Not to forget you’ll have to set up utilities and internet in your work space outside of the house, which is just more expenses you don’t need! As a bonus, you might even be able to claim part of your rent or mortgage, as well as your utilities and internet fees, for your house as a business expense!

You’ll save money on gas because your commute to work is basically a few steps from your bed, rather than having to drive somewhere. You can also save money on daycare costs! I worked solely from home for an entire year after I graduated college, including two summers when my daughter was off from school and I didn’t have to worry about daycare at all. It was awesome!

If you have a spare room, a rec room, or even a corner of your living room, it helps to have a designated space for your work.

Work Own Hours

My absolute favourite part of working from home is being able to set my own work hours! Routine really gets me down after a while, and I’m constantly needing to shake things up. I can work whenever I want, including in-between class and swimming lessons, or late at night (like right now), or even on the weekends.

This is also helpful for when you have other things that come up like birthday parties, doctor appointments, or having to wait for the internet guy to swing by. Instead of having to take time of work or squeezing a hundred tasks into your one day off, you can continue to work, take an hour off to get shit done, and then get back to it.

Multitask

When you work from home it’s easy to just throw the laundry in or sweep the floors when your eyes need a break, or your legs need a stretch. You can get so much more done around the house when you work from home compared to working somewhere else.

Of course, all of these have their downsides, too. Now the cons…

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The Cons of Working From Home

Social Isolation

If you’re a social person working from home can be a real bummer. Fortunately, I really enjoy being alone and working by myself so this isn’t a huge problem for me, but even as an introvert I do feel lonely at times. Mostly it’s this need to connect with people who I can talk to about my business and my day-to-day work life.

I think a lot of creative entrepreneurs miss out on having someone around to talk to about their work life and it sucks. Which is why I’ve made more of an effort to connect with people online (like in my Facebook group!) and have been looking for ways to connect more in person, too. For example, I joined a local Etsy group and will be attending my very first “Etsy Out of Office” event next week!

Finding ways to work around this is super important.

I also just want to throw it out there that if you work from home and are aching to connect with other entrepreneurs, send me a message and we can totally have a coffee date over Skype sometime!

Motivation

This is my biggest weakness! Some days I am so motivated, and other days I feel like just opening my laptop screen is a mission and a half all on its own.

When you work from home you have to be self-motivated. There is literally no one around to kick your butt into gear; no bosses lurking around to make sure you get things done, no co-workers depending on you to pull your weight, and no one there to give you deadlines. It really is all up to you!

Of course, as a freelance writer I do have deadlines and that helps, otherwise I am the queen of procrastinating!

Something I’ve been wanting to try to help combat this is an accountability buddy, someone else who works from home who I can talk to at least once a week, and we can support and encourage one another to get all our tasks done. I’m not super good at making friends, even online, but forming some kind of “mastermind” group is still on my to-do list. If you’re looking for a biz bud, too, message me and we can become productive pals!

Distractions

And of course, when you work from home there are a ton of distractions! I mean, the TV is always just sitting there, with hundreds of TV shows I haven’t caught up on yet, begging me to tune in. Then there’s the cleaning, my dog who always wants to be walked and my kiddo (who is an only child) that wants my attention 24/7.

Yeah, it’s great to be able to do the laundry or clean the floors in the middle of my work day, but sometimes those household chores become the biggest distraction from work. And it’s tricky, too, because even though you know you should be working, cleaning the dishes still makes you feel productive, so how can that be a bad thing? Except it is when you know your deadline is approaching.

Then, your friend texts you because she has the day off and wants to meet up for lunch and shopping. And since you rarely get to see her you decide to bail on work and have fun. But then this becomes a regular thing, because hanging out with friends and shopping is way more fun than working (most of the time). Until eventually you smarten up and hunker down to get caught up for the week.

Basically, there are a lot of distractions when you work from home! And the only way to solve this one, is to get organized, set work hours for yourself, and make yourself stick to it.


What are some pros and cons of working from home that you’ve noticed?

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10 Comments

  1. Cole, I love this! I have been working on blogging for just a couple of months now (after years of dreaming and dreaming and telling myself I couldn’t do it) and am really hoping for the chance to one day make this a job in of itself. I love this post and hearing about your own story of working from home! I could totally understand social isolation and motivation being big factors that could be cons, but I love your tips for overcoming them. The pros definitely seem to outway the cons!

    • cole.n@hotmail.ca Reply

      So happy to hear you decided to do it! Blogging can totally be a career if you’re focused and work at it, so keep at it and you’ll get there šŸ™‚ And yesss! There will be always be cons no matter what you do but there will also always be ways to overcome them.

  2. Yes! I agree 100%. While I’m not making any money yet (I just started monetizing my blog, so I know it’s going to take A LOT of time to get to any kind of income :P) but taking the time to build it up is lots of work. I also have a baby boy (almost 4 months old) so I generally have to work around his naptime which I find myself balancing working on my blog and doing the chores etc. I’m also an introvert so I LOVE that part, but there are days where I have to set aside time to have a friend over or get coffee etc. šŸ˜‰ great post! Thank you for sharing šŸ™‚

    • cole.n@hotmail.ca Reply

      I actually don’t make any money directly from my blog. I’m a freelance writer and have two Etsy shops, but my blog definitely helps me get work! Setting aside time for friends is so important, and I totally get what it’s like to work around being a parent, too. My daughter is 9 now, so she’s pretty self sufficient, but being a mom is neverending šŸ™‚ Wishing you the best of luck on your blogging journey!

  3. Oh I just couldn’t agree more with this post and your pros/cons list. For someone who works from home for the most part it does get frustrating to feel isolated and work from within the 4 corners on the house. I usually opt to work from a coffee shop to help feel connected and for a change of scene.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • cole.n@hotmail.ca Reply

      I used to work at a coffee shop from time to time but now I’m in school full-time and that’s enough time out of the house for me ha ha!

  4. I haven’t worked from home, but I always wish I could. I have several friends that do and they all have the same pros and cons. I guess it’s just like that with anything.

    • cole.n@hotmail.ca Reply

      It totally is! Every job has it’s own pros and cons, for sure. It all depends on how you overcome them or interpret them.

  5. I’ve been working at home for a year now. I totally get this! The cons are what get me the most! Motivation is the hardest! I need to reevaluate that personally. Love this type of post! Makes me know I’m not alone!

    • cole.n@hotmail.ca Reply

      Motivation is the hardest for me, too! It takes me a lot of pushing to get things done ha ha! You’re totally not alone!

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