When I first started my own business and made the jump into freelance digital marketing, I thought working from home was going to be the BEST THING EVER. I absolutely hated getting up for work in the mornings and having to get an hour and a half long bus just to make it on time, so being able to work from the comfort of my own home seemed like one of the biggest incentives to be my own boss.
I think if I was still in employment I probably wouldn’t choose to work from home every single day. Although I do love the freedom I now have, often it’s hard to find the motivation to get started and I’d be afraid my work would suffer when I have an employer to answer to.
Interestingly, a recent study carried about by Seareach, shows that when it comes to having the option to work from home only 21% of companies actually allow their employees to do so. Whilst the figure surprises me for a digital age, on some levels I can understand why.
Whilst I love being able to work from home, 15 months of freelancing has taught me that it definitely has it’s ups and downs:
Pro | I Have The Freedom To Work When I Want
Having the freedom to choose my own hours is absolutely incredible, especially as I find I am much more productive after lunchtime. Whilst I don’t always choose to start work after midday when I know I’m struggling to get the motivation I choose to work until later in the evening instead of getting up early to start my day.
Con | I Have The Freedom To Work When I Want
On the other hand, having the freedom to choose my own hours means that often I can sit around all day avoiding all of the work I have to do. Working from home gives me the mentality that I am ALWAYS at work, so I never really have the opportunity to switch off and relax – no matter how much I want to.
Pro | I Can Work In My Pyjamas
Isn’t the absolute dream to work in your PJs all day, every day? I love spending as much time as possible in comfy clothes and working from home means I get to do exactly that. Whilst I don’t always sit in my PJs, on the days where I am really struggling, I’ll opt to be AS COMFY AS POSSIBLE.
Con | I Can Work In My Pyjamas
Working in my PJs is great, but I think not getting properly dressed can cause me to be demotivated. If I’m feeling comfy and cosy, the likelihood is I am probably not going to work as hard as I would if I were to get dressed. Although it is all in my head, getting dressed at the start of the morning is often one of the best ways to motivate me for the day ahead.
Pro | I Don’t Have To Travel To Work
When I was in my last job, I had to travel one and a half hours to and from work each day. Not only did it mean waking up super early, but it meant I was spending a fortune on bus passes and the occasional taxi. Now I work from home all I have to do is move from my bed to my desk in order to start my day!
Con | I Don’t Have To Travel To Work
Although I HATED travelling to work, I am starting to miss the fact that I had to step outside the house each and every day. Whilst I know I can leave the house and go for a walk now if I wanted, the motivation to do that once I have started work is incredibly low. Going outside each and every day was actually a great feeling and I’d even go as far as to say I miss standing in the cold waiting for a delayed bus.
Do you work from home? What are the pros and cons for you?