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The Pros & Cons of Working from Home

When people ask me what I “do”, as in what is my job, I tell them I am a stay-at-home-mom because that is my number one job. My family comes first and I do my very best to make them my number one priority. Then I explain I also homeschool my children; I write a lifestyle blog; and I do freelance writing. And although the pay isn’t as favorable as some would like, I still love my jobs! I get to be home with my children and raise them while also doing something I love – writing.

Just like with any job, though, there are a few downsides to working from home. For instance, sometimes I have to get up very early in the morning so I can have a quiet space to work. Sometimes I get distracted if the TV is o or someone is talking to me.

Since I work on my laptop a lot, I also get distracted by looking at other websites. (Online shopping, reading articles, and social media are the top three internet distractions for me.) But there are many cool things about working from home that I think far outweigh the downsides.

Since I am breastfeeding Zephaniah, I get to be home with him and breastfeed him whenever he needs to eat.

I get to spend more time with the kids.

I also can continue homeschooling the kids.

I can create my work schedule how I like so it can balance out with my family life.

We save money on gas because I am working from home.

I like being “my own boss” so I enjoy the freedom of working independently

I also have other options for locations I can work, such as the library, a coffee shop, a park, or even in my bedroom on my nice comfy bed!

 

How do I make it work?

I get quite a few people who ask me how do I find the time to care for my baby, homeschool the older kids, and work from home. I know, it does sound like a full plate and almost impossible to accomplish, but I make it work. Here are a few ways how I do it:

I wake up 2 hours before the kids so I can get some work done.

I schedule my work hours around Travis’ school and work schedule.

I work after my little ones have gone to bed. I also work during nap time! (Praise Hands!)

My teens babysit for 2 to 3 hours for me and I pay them! This one is very important to me because I want the teens to learn the responsibility of working and I feel they should get paid for their hard work. They don’t babysit every day, though, because they have school and other activities they’re involved in.

Is working from home right for you?

Staffing firm Robert Half recently conducted a study on the pros and cons of working from home. According to the study, 77% of professionals said they are more likely to accept a job offer if there’s the possibility of telecommuting at least some of the time. Robert Half discovered the ability to telecommute is most attractive to professionals in these six U.S. cities:

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Detroit (!!)

Chicago

Austin

Denver

Senior Executive Director Paul McDonald on why professionals like the option of telecommuting:

“High employment levels mean more people are on the roads traveling to and from their jobs, which increases traffic and makes working remotely more appealing. Employees want the ability to telecommute for various reasons — for some, it’s flexibility in their schedule, for others it’s about saving time and money. Companies that promote these options are more likely to attract top candidates in a competitive employment market.”

Many employees prefer the option to work from home some of the time, but realize it comes with drawbacks. (PRNewsfoto/Robert Half)

What are the drawbacks of working from home?

According to Robert Half’s survey, some of the downsides of telecommuting are people don’t stick to their work hours, some professionals feel isolated and miss working in a group setting, and others wish they had a colleague to bounce ideas off of. Paul says, “Work-from-home arrangements are most successful when employers set clear parameters and invest in technology, such as video conferencing, to help remote personnel feel like they are part of the team.”

I have a few friends who also work from home, but they work for a company and not independently as I do. They love having the option of working from home. It breaks up the monotony of always being in an office. Telecommuting also allows them to have more flexibility in their family life or personal life.

What about you? Do you enjoy telecommuting or would you love to have the option to work from home?

 

 

Also, check out 6 Signs You are Working in a Toxic Work Environment and Sometimes Kids Give the Best Life Advice.

 

What are your thoughts?