Working from home does have its benefits
I’ve worked a few different jobs in my life. Some were purely outdoor based but I’ve also worked in an office environment, so I have a pretty good idea of the pros and cons of each. I now mostly work from home and like every other job this has positive and negative aspects to it. One of the negatives is that it can feel pretty lonely at times being cooped up staring at a screen all day but there are certainly some benefits too. Here are a few things that I feel count as benefits.
This week has been absolutely roasting here in the UK as we have been enjoying a bit of a heat wave. In the past I found it was always difficult to enjoy this kind of weather, either because I was doing a quite physical job and it was just uncomfortably hot, or because I was cooped up in an office and the words ‘I’m heading out for a sunshine break’ just didn’t really cut it with the boss.
As a self-employed person working from home though, things are completely different. I’ve actually quite enjoyed the weather this week, nipping outside with my laptop when I fancied a bit of sunshine and having the patio doors open while working indoors to bring the outside in. It’s hardly Mediterranean living but if I have been craving a short break then I’ve been able to enjoy one outside while I get my head back in gear to crack on again.
Then there are also the benefits of not having to brave the cold winters or rainy days if I don’t want to. I actually really love the freshness of winter but having to work through it was by no means fun at times. So I feel that the ability to enjoy the weather all year round is one benefit of working from home.
I’m Sport Mad
I’m also a bit of a sport freak and with the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon and now the commonwealth games on the box there has been some good events to have on in the background recently. I’m not sure I’ve actually ‘watched’ all that much of them as I tend to zone in on what I’m doing but I have been able to shift my schedule around a bit if there has been a particular match or event on that I have really wanted to ‘watch’.
My Kids are now on Summer Holiday
Now this one is a bit of a catch 22. I love it that my kids are going to be around the house for the next 6 weeks and I’m definitely going to get to see a lot of them, much more than I would if I was an employed person. The bad side of this is that I still need to work and I can’t afford to just go to the park all the time which is something that is quite hard to explain to a 5 year old. All in all though, it’s nice to be able to see more of them.
You can work from anywhere
One more little benefit of working online is that you can pretty much work from anywhere. We have some plans to visit family over the coming weeks while the kids are off school and it’s good to know that I don’t have to drop everything to make it possible. Sure, everyone needs a break and I’ll definitely take a proper holiday but if there’s a midweek possibility to spend a few days with family for my wife and kids to enjoy, then we can do that and I can still keep on top of my work too.
So it’s true that every job has its good and bad points but when all is said and done, I do quite like working from home.
Do you work from home and do you enjoy it? Or does the idea of working from home sound awful to you?