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Pros and cons of working at home

Pros and cons of working at home

A lot of people who have to wake up every day before dawn and go to work in a crowded bus have at least once thought about how awesome it would be to work from home. No more early rises, no more hurry, you can manage your time the way you want and there is no controlling manager who is always hanging over your shoulder. Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, not everything is so bright and shiny, because working at home, just as any other job, has it pros and cons, which we are going to discuss in this article.

Let’s start with the advantages that working from home provides you:

As it has been already mentioned, if you work at home you can usually manage your schedule in a way that fits you the most, so if you are one of those night owls who get struck with inspiration after midnight, you don’t have to wake up at 6 a.m. anymore in order to get the job done. And since your schedule can be quite flexible you won’t have to miss out on important moments in your family life.

Once you start working from home you’ll see that by not eating out with your colleagues you not only can save quite a lot of money, you can also start getting back in shape.

Another quite important and time-saving advantage is that you don’t have to waste time getting to your working place.

 

By Henryk Kotowski Kotoviski (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Henryk Kotowski Kotoviski (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

As for the disadvantages, one of the most prominent ones is actually quite the same as one of the main advantages – you are the one responsible for your own schedule. And if you don’t have any pattern of managing and tracking your tasks it would be a good idea to start using specialized work management software that would help you keep all your tasks under control and won’t allow you to miss deadlines.

Working at home can be also quite challenging if you are used to working under supervision and you like having someone who will help you out when you need to make an important decision. To maintain communication with your managers it’s important for you to have collaborative workflow software that would make the process of solving complicated issues easier.

For those who are missing colleague banter while on a weekend, working at home is probably not the best options, since it provides fewer opportunities for socializing.

Another thing that can get your work at home rather complicated is a bunch of distractions of all kinds. Social media networks. TV, family duties… When you don’t have direct supervision it can be so easy to get lost in every day routine, so before you decide to work from home, make sure you can organize yourself and your days in a way that your work will still be of high priority.

Hope that this small review of pros and cons of working at home will help you realize whether such approach to job suits you or not.

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