Advantages & Disadvantages of Working at Home

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Many people dream of being able to work from home. It conjures up images of freedom and leisure. In reality, there are pluses and minuses to home-based work.


There are a great many advantages of working from home. You can set your own schedule, don't need a fancy wardrobe, don't have commuting expenses, may be able to avoid daycare, can be there when your child comes home from school or even home school your child. You may be your own boss. You can work from home if you have a cold without infecting the office staff.


There are also some disadvantages of working from home. Distractions from friends and children are more frequent. You may have to commute for certain meetings. Tech support may be more difficult. Collaboration with co-workers may be more challenging. Working from home may not work well for those who aren't self-motivated.


In the final analysis, you need to decide for yourself if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. For many people, setting their own schedule and working from home is a dream lifestyle. Some companies have registered productivity increases of between 10 percent and 35 percent when people work from home.