Working at Home Vs. a Traditional Job
Working from home definitely has its perks but just like every other job, there are pros and cons that need to be considered before jumping into it. Whether you are working remotely for a bigger corporation or you have started your own business out of your spare bedroom, when it comes to working at home vs. a traditional job there are a few things to consider before taking the leap. Let’s talk about them!
Working from home will almost always allow you to spend more time with your family. Most of the remote work that is offered by companies is that which can be done on a computer & submitted electronically, or via an online workspace. By having all the tools you need already on your home computer, you won’t have to invest much time in training since you are probably already pretty confident with the computer. If you are working from home for your own business venture, you may have even more flexibility — My coaching business, for example, can be run entirely via my iPhone; and most days it is!
Working for a corporate giant at their location has a few perks. You’re there only to work, so there are minimal distractions…Save for the occasional checking up on Facebook (ahem, don’t lie, you know you do it). When you work from home, you need to do your best to create the most productive space possible. Being able to spend more time with your family can be a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to spend time with them, but you really have to commit to actually working some days and that is probably the hardest – Especially if you are starting your own business! You have to be willing to sacrifice time here and there, but it will still likely be much more flexible than a typical Monday-Friday 8am-5pm position. It will all be worth it in the end!
The words “business casual dress code” come to mind when you think of working for someone else, right? It is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl thinking about pressed pants, dresses, button-ups, and blouses EVERY day. When you work from home, you set not only your own dress code, but you set your own hours too. You can do your work at any time of the day (or night!). That is, of course, if you don’t have a deadline or run a time-sensitive business. Most of the time, I wear my pajamas or comfy workout gear around the house when working my business. On days when I plan to record a training video for my team, or a video to post in my clients’ wellness support group, I will take more care to “dress up” a little bit — at least above the waist, haha! I may still be wearing PJ bottoms!
The freedoms that come with working from home can easily outweigh the few cons that come with it. If you want to work any hours you want, when you want, you have a few things to consider. When considering working from home vs. a traditional job, think about your time, distraction level, and the many freedoms that come with it. Do you work from home currently? Have you thought about starting your own home business? Let’s talk about it!