The Pros And Cons Of Working From Home
In these stressful and uncertain times, more and more Irish people are seriously considering working from home in order to earn a sustainable income. If you are among them, then there are a number of pros and cons that need to be taken into account depending on your personal situation, and also the nature of the work you might be doing. Indeed, it is vital to find the right balance between work and quality of life to ensure you can do a job that you enjoy and still earn a reasonable wage.
Flexible Hours and Working from a Comfortable Environment
Of course, one of the best reasons to work from home is that you are pretty much your own boss. You can choose when to work and even where to work, so if you want to complete jobs from bed in your pyjamas in the middle of the day, no one is going to complain or sack you. You can also choose when you go on holiday and when to give yourself a day off.
If you're good at organising your day, then you can fit your job responsibilities in with ordinary household errands such as buying groceries, taking the kids to school or walking the dog. Subsequently, you can pick up from where you left off at any time, though you need to be careful if you have a deadline. A strict routine is very important if you want to fulfill your tasks no matter what is going on around you at home.
Motivational Issues and Procrastination
There will be times when you might not feel motivated enough to complete the work to an acceptable standard. By working alone from home, there will be no one to give you a pep talk or to warn you that a deadline is looming. Many people who work from home have fallen into the trap of thinking: "I've still got plenty of time to finish this job, I'll do it tomorrow."
It's very easy to think you have plenty of time, only to suddenly realise that there's only a couple of hours left to complete the job - and this can increase worry and stress.
More Opportunities to Spend Time with Loved Ones
Another powerful reason to work from home is that you can spend a lot more time with the people you love such as children, friends and your partner. Additionally, there will be no time spent commuting so you'll not only save money, but you'll also have an extra couple of hours for work purposes. This might enable you to finish earlier and do more activities with your family and friends.
Distractions and Temptations
One major problem with working from home is that there are many potential distractions. If you have young children, then you might spend more time looking after them than working. If there's a particular sporting event on TV you enjoy, if the phone rings or you have a plumber or builder fixing a household problem, then chances are you might be tempted to skip work for an hour or two - and this can too often mean the entire day! With no pressure from a boss to keep you focused, it could become all too easy to lose work and valuable money due to temptations and distractions.
Also, as you're working from home, it might be difficult to switch off from your work, as home life and work blend into one. This can make it feel as though you haven't had a full and productive working day, unlike coming home from an office where you know you're definitely finished for the day, with no need to catch up if there happened to be any distractions.
Choice and Diversity
Another good reason for working from home is that you get to choose the jobs you enjoy doing. Whether it's market research for websites, online retailing or writing articles on a freelance basis, you're free to complete the jobs you enjoy and those which fit your skill set and your personality.
Many online based jobs require different skills and qualifications, so you'll often be completing jobs that are not only tailored to your needs, but also sufficiently varied to ensure you never get bored.
Loneliness and Stress
Becoming lonely through working alone without any team-mates to motivate you can be very demoralising. With no co-workers to socialise with, you may become more stressed due to a lack of social contact with other people.
If your business relies on meeting clients, then connecting with others is vital to its success. In an office environment you're far more likely to keep making contacts and friends who can send work your way. If you work from home, it's possible you may begin to feel more isolated as time goes by, which could lead to stress, reduce your productivity and subsequently your income.
Another downside relates to your energy usage. If you're constantly at home then you'll be using a lot more electricity and gas (particularly in the winter) which could mean that you lose money in the long run.
Is Working From Home Right For You?
Essentially, this shows that working from home in Ireland can be a viable option, depending on your situation and personal needs. If you can motivate yourself whilst working alone, enjoy a variety of different types of job and are looking to spend more time on your own or with loved ones then it's likely that working from home is for you.
However, it's important to remember the potential downsides to home working such as feeling lonely, getting distracted and lacking motivation. It's essential to be aware of these issues, and to weigh up the various pros and cons to help you decide whether working from home is the right choice for you.