Working from home can be a dream situation for busy mums that want to spend more time with the kids. While there are some pros to going to work and getting out of the house every day, there are definitely some pros to staying home and working as well. If you are in a situation where you need to make a decision about going to work or staying home and working from home, we’ve compiled a list of some of the benefits to working from home. Don’t forget to also check out Is Working from Home Your Best Option to weigh the cons as well.
More time with the kids and family
This has got to be the number one reason why you will want to work from home, especially if you have little ones that are not in school yet. Hopefully you will be able to balance working and spending time with them. Even if your kids are in school or daycare, you will be able to pick them up after school and bring them back home.
If you hate the morning and evening traffic, then working from home is definitely a plus. No more waiting at stop lights and inching your way into the city. And no more waiting in traffic at dinner time, wishing that you were at home with your family.
No need to dress up
Some work at home jobs require you to actually put decent cloths on, especially if you are meeting customers or clients. Others, however, don’t. You are able to get up and start working – pyjamas and all.
Flexible work hours
Do you get up extra early or like to stay up late at night? The good thing about working from home is that you can work during these hours and have more time to spend with your family during the 9-5 hours in the day.
In many work from home jobs you will be on a deadline but the schedule will be flexible. You may be your own boss and thus be able to choose what days and hours you schedule meetings and appointments. Or, you may have all week to complete a project and thus can choose whether you work at night, on the weekends, in the morning, during nap time or whenever.
No extra fuel costs
Save money on driving to and from work each week.
No office banter and politics
While it can be lonely working from home, most people do not miss the office politics and cattiness that comes with working around the same people five days a week.
Tax write offs
Working from home means you can write certain things off, such as office equipment, your computer, part of your electrical, phone and internet bill, etc.
Multi-tasking made easy
When working from home you are able to take breaks at your own pace. For example, you may work the morning, then take an hour to do the housework before your next client arrives in the afternoon. Or, if you are feeling a little strained staring at the computer, you can take a break and fold the laundry. You are able to be at work, and at home, at the same time. Genius!
Even if you are working from home, you are still working, contributing to the household and hopefully putting a little away in a savings account.
Can you think of any more benefits of working from home?