The internet has made working from home to be very popular in the recent past. It has made the world to be a global village making it possible for people to work for any company in the world at the comfort of their home.
Like most other activities in life, working from home has its ups and downs but generally it is beneficial for you and your entire family. Working from home has a number of benefits, some of which are discussed below;
It saves time
There is a lot of time wasted by people who have to commute to and from work on daily basis. It starts with the time wasted during preparation for work, checking how you are dressed; whether it suits the company’s dressing code. Then there is the time wasted on traffic jams, and probably, time wasted while looking for a parking space if your company does not offer one.
If you are using public means of transport, you will be wasting time waiting for a bus or a train, and also walking from wherever you will alight to the office.
All these hours can be saved and used to do something productive if you are working from home.
Working from home frees this time so you can use it to get some chores done around the home before you begin your work, or you can have an earlier start to your work day to have more free time later in the day.
It saves money
If you add the cost of working away from your home, you will be surprised just how much it adds up to.
Just sit down and add the cost of gas, the cost of work clothes that you no longer need, the cost of lunch that you eat out once in awhile, and you will be surprised at how much you would save by working from home. Matters can get worse if you have children in daycare that you are paying for and a house-keeper that you pay a monthly salary.
Working from home will give you time to take care of your children and at the same time eliminate the need for a house-keeper, this will be a great saving for you.
It reduces sicknesses
Working from home will make you have less sick days. When you work from home, you will not be around so many people and that means you will not be around as many germs. Certain diseases spread through handshakes in work places or by being close to workmates who sneeze or cough. While at home, you can eliminate all these.
But in case you fall sick, you will realize that it is easier to work from home than from the office. A simple disease like a common cold can be quite embarrassing to deal with when you are in the office. Working from home will also ensure that your children do not fall sick so often since you will be around to take care of them rather than having them in daycare which exposes them to other children who might be sick.
It allows you more control over your work attire
No need to wear stuffy blazers, skirts, suits and ties. No need to abide by strict dress codes. You can wear whatever you want and whatever you’re comfortable when you’re working from your own abode. You can work even in your pajamas!
However, there is a time and occasion where you should dress properly, such as donning a decent collared shirt whenever you make a big and important teleconference via Skype. When your colleague or client decides to come over to your home office for an appointment, would you show up in your Lakers jersey? No way. While you don’t have to dress to the nines, you still can appear professional such as wearing a decent pair of slacks or jeans, and a blazer over your shirt.
It allows you to work in a comfortable environment
The environment in which you are working determines your productivity. While working at home, you can design your workplace to fit your taste and make it as comfortable as you wish. You can also choose to work in the house or even under a tree in a cool environment.
It frees you from office politics
By working at home, you can avoid conflicts and office politics that are often the result of poor communication and discord — those are the usual scenarios in the traditional office setting. Especially if you don’t really get involved in them or find them to be way too distracting from your job. Worse, you find yourself the object of your office mates’ gossiping! By working remotely from your own home, you don’t have to suffer through a toxic working environment — co-workers with attitude, patronizing managers and supervisors, bitter office rivalry, annoying gossips and all of this unsavory office drama. These things give you a lot of stress, don’t they?
It allows more opportunities for growth
More often than not, employees find themselves getting stuck in their traditional office jobs. Working from home is not much different from working in the office in terms of daily tasks. But with the flexibility that working from home offers, it allows you the opportunity to adjust it according to your own needs and preferences. You can work in a different location, or change the schedule or work order. You can work at your pace and will never find yourself getting stuck in the usual working routine. Plus, you may also find certain tasks that will allow you to hone your skills along the way and use them to your professional and personal advantage.
It allows you to balance you work and your life
Staying at home with your family is one of the main reasons people decide to work from home. It gives you more time to spend with your family. Many work-from-home jobs are also very flexible. Once you have set your workload per day, when and how to complete it will be up to you. There will be no one breathing on your neck to complete the work.
This means you will have control over what you do and at the same time be available for your family. Your children need to bond with you and the time spend with them will really benefit them psychologically.