Let’s face it working from home is great. Not having to participate in the morning commute or worrying about wardrobe is a huge time and stress saver. But it’s important to structure your environment and your days so that you are disciplined about your work. Here are some “pro’s and con’s” you might want to consider.
1. PRO – Your Office Is Your Temple
Your whole house can be your office. This is great because you can coordinate healthier lunches that don’t need to be packed. You can exercise in your home gym during lunch hour. You also don’t have to share public spaces for eating or hygiene. However, those with young families or pets know that their house is not entirely their own. It’s important to have a space where you can close the door or keep the noise level down so that it does not disrupt conference calls or virtual client meetings.
2. CON – Network Issues
If your internet is down it is wholly on you, not the company. Working in a virtual office, your network connection is like your artery. This can make or break your work day. Always have a back-up plan. Consider having a smart tablet that is connected to the wireless network separate from your broadband connection so if one goes down, you have another way to communicate.
3. PRO – Less Dry Cleaning
Not having to wear a suit or business attire everyday will certainly cut down on dry cleaning costs. This is not to say that everybody who works from home does not get dressed up for work. Some may because they enjoy the sense of routine. Others may need to do this when they are meeting a client. But the fact is not having to regularly do it is a significant time and money saver.
4. CON – Additional Expenses
All expenses are on you for the most part. Unless your company has a great bring your own device policy all electricity and telecommunications use is your responsibility. Small business owners may be able to write off some utility usage but working from home for a company will entail that you pay for your bills. The tradeoff is not paying for tolls, train fare, or filling up the tank for your car.
5. PRO – Hours On Your Own Time
If mismanaged this can also be a negative but to some degree you can set your own hours. If you like to go in and get things done early, nobody is stopping you. You’re home, you can wake up and get to work. Perhaps you’re a late riser. Again, nobody is stopping you from getting up just in the nick of time for nine. However, you may actually work more hours. If you’re home and off normal business hours and see a business call, or email, you may find yourself answering it, thus working more. This is something your company will probably not mind!
I would like to thank Patrick Coughlin for his help on preparing this article with me. Patrick is a Marketing Analyst at Consultants 2 Go. Don’t forget, you can email me at Peggy@Consultants2Go.com with any questions you might have and I’ll be glad to answer them. You can also follow my business and me on Twitter @peggymchale and @consultants2go.
Peggy is the co-founder of Consultants 2 Go® (C2G), a consulting firm that provides marketing solutions to Fortune 500 companies in the Financial Services, Telecom, Life Sciences and other industries. Consultants 2 Go was just named to the Inc. 500/5000 List as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Prior to starting C2G, Peggy was a Vice President at American Express. She holds an MBA from St. John’s University and a BA from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She recently served as a member of the Advisory Board for The Academy of Our Lady of Peace, New Providence, NJ.
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