Have you considered the benefits of a home office?

You mightn’t want a flash office, but you will need a good environment to work in.

 

Will it be cracked up to be what I think it will be like

Firstly the old stigma of a ‘poor’ business working from home has all but disappeared except for a few old school who don’t understand the modern business environment. Whether you decide to build your own home-based business from home or work for someone else, the opportunities and benefits are endless.

In this era of modern technology, almost everything is powered by the internet. The internet, broadband, the cloud, social media and big data have changed the whole way of doing business.

With the use of search engines, it is very easy to research things that we want to know about, the need to go to the office or anywhere else has been greatly diminished. Books are often times looked at as ‘old school’, now most people turn to the internet for answers.

Today, working at home is an important part of the new flexible working environment and many people are demanding it. With the use of technology, most things can be done in the home office,  or even on the beach or while on holidays in another country.  All you need is Smartphone, a laptop with an internet connection.

 

Why working from home might be your best option

No more daily commuting. Just thinking of having to go back to commuting for several hours a day makes me shudder, never mind the costs associated with travel. When you work in a home office, you wake up, have coffee and you can be at work in five minutes, without worrying about having to deal with traditional office pressures.

 Lest costs. In fact, even the cost of you mortgage can be decreased along with sharing of rates and utility costs.

Improved productivity. When you don’t have to commute and you have a nice quiet environment to work in your productivity must automatically increase. You build your own working environment where you are most focused and most productive. You don’t have to worry about others causing you problems.

Fewer distractions. When you work in an office, bosses and colleagues can be distracting. The arguments, the bantering,  and irrelevant meetings can often cause excessive distractions, particularly if you have a tight schedule. When you work from home,  you can create your own schedule focusing on the times in your day when you are most productive.

Reduces stress. Stress at work is not only caused by co-workers, your boss or your job. Travelling to your job and back each day can cause a lot of stress. When you experience excessive commuting on a daily basis, there is a big chance that you will be stressed out long before you’ve arrived at your workplace or begun your day. And you will be too tired at night to attend to the family wants and needs

More time for family and friends.  When you work in an office, chances are you are far from your family and friends. For those starting up a new family, imagine being able to work from home while still being able to be close to your children, loved ones or friends.

When you work from home, you can cater to your family member’s needs and spend time with them all while still being highly productive. Attending school and community functions suddenly become a reality.

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense”. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The disadvantages od a home office

Of course, working from home has advantages but there are also disadvantages that you need to consider:

Isolation and loneliness

If you are a person who enjoys socialising with others and working in a group setting most of the time, working at home is probably not the best fit for you. When you work at home, you are most likely going to be isolated. Isolation can sometimes cause a person to experience loneliness and even periods of depression. If you work at home, you need to be resourceful on how you create a work/life balance so that you have a lifestyle the whole family enjoys.

Home and family distractions

When you are working in an office, your distraction comes from your boss, co-workers and the environment. However, when you work from home, children or other family members can cause distractions.

These and other distractions such as TV, friends dropping in and lawns to be mowed can interrupt you for hours from your work despite your physical presence at the house. The key though is not to get distracted and to maintain a strict work schedule when working from home, along with a set of rules to guide the whole family.

Self-discipline can be a problem

When you are working at home, you need to discipline yourself to not get distracted by the environment and the distractions surrounding you. While it’s a blessing being able to work from home, it can also be a curse for many.

Some people begin to take advantage of the comfort and luxury of their homes and their productivity takes a dip. You have to stay committed and motivated and keep yourself in check when you feel as if you aren’t achieving the results you normally would. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a cat-nap in the middle of the day to refresh yourself.

 

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Personal Experience

While I am a great advocate of the home-office and the home-based business, working from home is not always an ideal fit for everyone.

The first thing you need to do is to figure out whether or not you can actually work from home. Is the house big enough can I use the garage, do I need to build a shed? The second thing to do is get the unconditional agreement from the rest of the family.

If you’ve decided that you can handle working from home, you are then ready to clearly define the activities that will generate the income you want.

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