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Personally, I love working from home, but while there are a lot of advantages to doing this, there are also considerable disadvantages. If you are looking at starting your own online business, or even just earning some money online on the side, then it’s worth taking the time to look at the good, and the not so good, aspects of working from home. Working from home is ideal for some people, but not for others.
No strict hours
When you work a ‘normal’ job, you normally have strict hours. This might be the same hours every day, or you might work on a schedule, where you have different hours each day. Whatever the hours are, they never seem to fit into what you want to do.
Imagine being able to get an extra hour of sleep when you are still tired or work in the evening one day, because someone needed your help during the day. Imagine being able to take your lunch break whenever you wanted to, or deciding to work from your pajamas for the day. These are all things you can do when you work from home.
By working from home, you have complete control of your schedule, and have the ability to choose when you work. This lets you arrange your work around your life, instead of trying to do it the other way around.
You don’t have to see people
Now, this is both an advantage and a disadvantage. You get out less often when you work from home, and you find yourself interacting with fewer people. This is great if you are having a grouchy day or if you just want to focus on your work, but it can get a little lonely after a while. You tend to forget some of the rules of polite conversation after a while too, which can take some getting used to. If you are going to work from home, I would recommend setting aside time to go out with friends every so often.
Having no strict hours is brilliant, but it does have disadvantages to. Because you have no schedule, it is very easy to work less than you want to, and to use every excuse in the book not to work. After all, there is no one looking over your shoulder to see if you are working. Using the computer also makes this a problem, because it is very easy to get distracted for a couple of hours on Facebook or even just looking at random websites and pretending you are ‘researching’.
Sectioning your life can be difficult
One of the hardest aspects of working from home is keeping the rest of your life out of the way while you are trying to work. Friends often decide to drop by because well you’re not at the office, so you must be free to hang out. Likewise, a brother or sister may decide that since you’re available, you can watch their kids.
It gets even worse if you live in a busy household. People seem to forget that you are working and interrupt you with the most trivial things, particularly if you have children. I have this problem myself some days and this can make it really difficult to concentrate.