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Top 10: Reasons to Love Working from Home

Growing up, I was lucky in that my parents owned their own business and worked out of our home.  I always imagined myself doing the same.  Sure, there were challenges, but all in all, it was a situation that proved to be very rewarding for them, and for me as well.

For the better part of my career, my ability to work from home would only come once in awhile when I would finagle a reason to do so.  I was lucky enough to have a work laptop, which made it easier for me than for most.  But, I never really got the full-throttle ‘work from home’ experience until recently.  And I’ll tell you, now that I have, working from home is underrated…pure and simple.  I’ve fallen in love with it and I hope that I can find a way to keep this gig going.

Here are my favorite things about working from home:

  1. No more 9 to 5: I’m not restricted to the conventional work day.  I get to set my own schedule.  More often than not, I tend to work normal hours, but if I feel like working half a day, then working out and then working a few more hours, I can.  Further, I get to schedule the beginning of my day when I want instead of when the ‘man’ wants me to.
  2. Less Chores on the Weekend: When I used to come home after work, straightening up the house or doing the dishes were the last things I felt like doing.  As a result, the weekend became ‘clean up time’ and ‘chore and errand time’.  Now, I’m able to stay more on top of things throughout the week, which makes cleaning less daunting and I can run an occasional errand or do a chore during  weekdays, leaving the weekend for more play time.
  3. Higher Productivity: There are times that you can be distracted, but having the ability to work when you are most inspired, and take a break when you most need it, maximizes your productivity when it feels right for you, instead of when you are expected to.
  4. Eat Better for Less: I make my own lunch and dinner right at home, which means I’m eating healthier and spending a lot less money.
  5. I Don’t Work for the Weekend: Working for a company made the week drag on.  Working for myself and at home feels like the week and weekend blend together.  I don’t dread Mondays, I don’t hate Sundays and I don’t work for the weekends.
  6. Increased Concentration Levels: I can easily get distracted.  Working in an office environment made it difficult at times to focus and do my work without interruptions.  Now, my level of concentration is deeper and more focused.
  7. Greater Privacy: Any time I had to make a personal phone call at work, I had to go into a special room or leave the building to do so.  Now, I can make business calls AND personal calls from the same space.  Further, I don’t have any office mates who are inconsiderate with loud decibel levels.
  8. No Attitude or Political Drama: Although I could say that I miss some of the human interaction I had when I worked in an office, I definitely do NOT miss those individuals who were patronizing, disrespectful or bullying; or possessed any other endearing qualities. Further, I’m happy to be far away from the political bull__it that is bred in many office environments.
  9. No Commute: Working from home allows me to start my day without the extra headache of traffic, jammed subways or exposure to the cold elements.
  10. Low Maintenance Wardrobe: I admit, I’ve worked a whole day in my workout clothes or my pajamas.  Not that this happens every day, but it sure is nice not to have to look all put together every day of the week.  Further, not working in an office allows you to spend less money on expensive work clothes.

Do you work from home?  What do you love about it?

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  • julie

    Yes it is true working from home, I have beening doing that for 5 year’s allready it is great. now I have my own web page. It does make it much easy. because we also home school. and i ahve time to take care of my flower bed in the weekens. when it is not raining.

  • julie

    the things I like about working from home are. I have my own office,save on gas.

  • http://www.2penney.com Elizabeth Penney

    Hi Brett
    I started working for myself as a consultant/writer a couple of years ago–I LOVE working from home, for myself. Never want to go back.
    BTW, also liked your posts on difficult people–I’ve had such a crash course in bullying, narcissism, etc. I feel like I earned a second Master’s. More people need to talk about it–and how to deal with it. I’ve written about it myself:
    Personality Disorders: Coming soon to a relationship near you
    http://elisabettaonlife.blogspot.com/2008/12/personality-disorders-coming-soon-to.html
    Thanks for your work.

  • http://http Patsy

    I would love to have a work at home job…any valid/no scam ideas???

  • http://www.welltodoliving.com Erin Currin

    I just started working from home three months ago. I LOVE it. My office space is set up just as I like it. I sit on the couch with my laptop. My music plays all day with the fountain running and the candles burning. It’s very peaceful. I don’t have to worry about someone else’s alergies or them spraying Lysol all over the place!

    And the commute ROCKS!

  • Ellen

    Congratulations Brett! Working at home has so many positives. I am in my second year and find that I have to make sure that I get out of the house at least once a day and that the e-mail dings don’t draw me back to the computer at all hours of the night. It’s all about balance.

    Continued success -

  • Anna

    OMG, I’m an artist, working towards setting up an online business to sell my art. I now have my own ‘corner office’ with a huge window that opens out to the morning sun… and gorgeous rose bushes, a marantz cd player and amplifier that plays classical pop at full blast, and a dog that curls up at my bare feet. however there are definitely challenges! these are: 1. Inertia – sometimes I get lazy one day, and the next thing I know I haven’t got anything done for 3 days. 2. Then, bec. I stress out, overcompensate and end up doing 3 days worth of work in 1 day. Learning how to self-manage is so important. This is a complete lifestyle change, and for me, I’m still getting used to it, but I think it’s one that’s worth embracing!