During lockdown a vast amount of people began working from home, myself included. So with the last 8 months as experience here are my findings of the pros and cons of working from home!
You can start work at any time, no one is going to penalise you for being late.
You can take impromptu time off for appointments etc.
You can pop the washing on at any time.
You don’t have to prepare a lunch box or purchase lunch daily.
You can do the school run.
You can prioritise your own work.
You can work in your pyjamas, you don’t have to wear make-up!
You’re available for deliveries (ideal during the build up to Christmas and during Lock-down!)
You can listen to music while you work.
You are available for your pets!
May not need a vehicle (if school is within walking distance).
Save money on fuel.
You might not feel like working and you have to motivate yourself.
You might start to take a few too many impromptu hours/days off.
You might just spend your day doing the washing or other housework (get distracted easily).
You have to prepare lunch at home (the fridge needs to be full), this increases the food bill.
You may spend a lot of time procrastinating about what you are actually going to do each day!
If you don’t make the effort to dress and possibly put your make-up on (if that’s what you used to do when working in an office or other workplace) then you risk becoming quite depressed. It’s proven that having a good routine in the mornings to “get you up and going” is good for your mental health.
You will have many interruptions due to your own personal life (deliveries, helping friends and relatives etc. they know you’ll be home!).
You will undoubtedly spend money in different areas, such as heating and electric, food and drink etc.
Personally, I love working from home, running my own business, but I am only too aware that this life is not for everyone. It is stressful running your own business as it is, let alone doing it completely on your own at home without interaction with other human beings!
I always ensure I find the time to see my clients (the ones who live nearby) to enable adult interaction and tasty coffee at such meetings! I also find time for friends during my working week. I always have at least one diary entry that is completely about me and my friends or me and my down time. For instance one week I might meet a friend for coffee, another week I might visit my beautician for some kind of treatment (with the exception of during the 2nd lock-down). This really helps to support my mental health.
If you are going to join me on this crazy roller-coaster of self-employed home working, then make sure you are ready for the isolation and how you are going to deal with it! AND MAKE SURE you have something that is going to motivate you, to get on with the job in hand. I have a photo of my husband and son on my desk and I only have to look at them to know why I’m here!
Personally I believe the Pros far outweigh the Cons.