The way we work is changing and an increasing number of people nowadays no longer are empployed in a traditional office environment, but work from home, either on a freelance, self-employed basis or as own business owners. There is also a growing tendency for major businesses to allow some of their employees to work remotely, some, or all, of the time.
Here are 15 advantages of working from home:
1. Better work/life balance
Working from home helps people achieve that elusive better work/life balance. It means that you can schedule work around other activities and commitments, whether it is taking the children to school, or meeting friends for a coffee. For many working from home, this is the biggest motivator and the top reason they love being home-based.
2. Control over your schedule
Being in charge of your day is one of the biggest pros of working from home. You can set and customise your work hours to meet the needs of your personal and family life.
If you do your best work early in the morning or late at night, you can schedule your work then, without having to worry about office hours.
3. Create your workspace as you like it
People can be very particular with how they like to work. Maybe you need to be surrounded by plants, or keep your office environment at a certain temperature. Maybe you even work best curled up on the sofa with your laptop of your lap.
Office spaces – particularly shared office spaces – can have rather more constraints on what you are and are not allowed to do.
4. Eliminates the long commute
By working from home, telecommuters are able to reduce the hours spent on long commutes drastically. A 2014 study revealed that the average British worker in a lifetime spends 10,634 hours travelling to and from work at the cost of £50,000. That is over a year spent on commute, which is a substantial part of our life that could otherwise be spent with loved ones or doing things that we enjoy the most
When you work from home, you can be at your desk (or wherever you like to work from), checking your emails within a few minutes of waking up, or relaxing with a coffee pre-work instead of stuck in traffic or crammed into a tube carriage.
5. Environmentally friendly
Because telecommuters are mostly home rather than commuting to work, not only are they saving precious time and petrol money but are also obviously reducing pollution by staying off the roads. There are also polls showing that telecommuters tend to consume less bottled waters and print fewer papers when they are working from home than when they are in the office.
6. It costs less
Office space can get expensive, depending on your particular needs, and if you are just working by yourself it can feel like an unnecessary extravagance.
Whether you work from home or rent office space, you can claim some of the costs back, either as part of your tax-deductible self-employed expenses or as part of your capital allowance,
7. More flexibility with your home life
Sometimes, there are things for which you just need to be at home. Whether it is waiting in for the plumber or looking after sick children, if you are working from home anyway then you have the flexibility to deal with the unexpected.
On top of that, there are the everyday tasks you can fit in around your work. If there are periods of time you know you will be waiting, you can easily pop in a load of laundry or do the dishes then get back to work.
8. More Productive
A 2013 research study Stanford University showed that people who work from home are 12% more efficient and 50% more satisfied than their office-bound counterparts.
9. More time with the family
Those who work from home have much more flexibility with their time than the traditional 9-to-5 workers, which allows them to schedule their day better around the demands of their family. People working from their homes have the luxury of cutting back their work hours in favour of spending some much-needed quality time with their loved ones.
10. No Boss
For many, the absence of a boss who they need to report to every day is one of the major pros of working from home. If you are working for yourself or are a home business owner, then the only person you are accountable to is yourself. There is no having to ask for time off or calling in sick. There is no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you are working. And, if you are remote working, you only need to check in with your supervisor or manager at periodic times, and do not have them looking over your shoulder all the time.
11. No dress code
There is no dress code when you work at home.so you can wear what you like without having to worry about looking your best or dressing-up. If you want to wear pyjamas all day or just a t-shirt and shorts, there is nobody to stop you. Just remember that if you are going to video conference with a client, or your boss, then make sure to look the part!
12. No office politics
There is no office in the world where “office politics” do not exist. Rivalry always happens between co-workers, and if the politics of the office get involved, this becomes a toxic environment.
However, when you are working from home, there is only one person with whom you have to compete on a daily basis; there are no annoying co-workers around. There is no mental pressure, and you can work as freely and as creatively as you like.
13. Reduced stress
Although work pressure exists in any kind of work (including home-based work), it’s always less substantial than working in an office. There is no need to rush out of your house in the morning to get to the office on time, and no annoying co-workers to face every day.
Your stress levels will automatically reduce, and you can give 100% to your work.
14. Saves petrol
Americans spend an average of $386 per month on petrol. Cutting down on a daily commute helps save part of that money – in addition to the time spent travelling to and from work.
15. Your office can be anywhere
When you work from home, your office can literally be anywhere, and you are not tied to a particular location. You can take care of your job while traveling, enjoying nature, or sat at your local coffee shop.