A common mental image of someone working from home includes a robe, a laptop in bed, and a hands-free phone. Though people can choose to operate this way from home, many choose to get dressed up and turn a spare bedroom into an office to give them a working atmosphere.
Getting set up in the office environment helps some people get mentally prepared to get work done throughout the day. Working from home brings about many distractions which can make it difficult to focus, but acting like you’re going into the office can make it easier to tune out all of those things.
If you are able to just sit on the couch with your pajamas still on and still get all of your tasks completed, then do that. Whatever way you are comfortable and capable of actually doing your job; then do it.
After finding what system works best for you, structured or relaxed, then start enjoying the benefits of not going into the office. The biggest draw that most people are attracted to is the fact that they get to spend more time with their family.
This is especially great for people with young children at home. The cost of daycare is expensive, and it can make parents feel guilty for having another person play parent during the day while they’re working 9 to 5.
Bringing the office home allows parents to take care of their kids and still make money. This saves on the cost of daycare and allows parents to know what their kids are doing during the day.
Doing your job from home also allows for more flexible hours. Instead of having to work from 9 to 5, you can work the hours around the busy schedule of the rest of your family. So if you have to drop your kids off at school, or take them to soccer practice, you can easily do that without having to worry.
And if you want to just play with them for a few hours during the day, you have the freedom to do so and then just jump back into your work later-no commute necessary. This is a great benefit for people who don’t like to be tied down or held back by their job. It allows them to experience their family fully without having to sacrifice their job.
Another at-home perk is no commute time. Spending an hour in traffic everyday is torture; it’s wasted time that could be better spent doing something else with your life. No commute means more time doing whatever it is you want to do.
You can go out to dinner, cook an actual meal, spend time with your family, go to the gym, watch a TV show-there’s a lot that can be done that hour if you are not sitting in traffic.
No commute also means no gas. Gas prices are high right now, and they only seem to be getting worse, for people who sit in traffic every day, they know how expensive gas is when they have to refill their tank once a week. Working from home means no travel time, no gas, and no traffic.
For people with their own business, renting out an office space may be a luxury they cannot afford, especially at the beginning stages of the business. Working in your spare bedroom may be the only viable option when first trying to get your feet on the ground.
Another money saver is through taxes. Having a business at your house means you can write-off your work expenses and pay less in taxes. You can also say things like your phone and internet bills, and any stationary supplies that you may buy are shared business expenses, allowing you to pay less.
The benefits of an in-house job are both monetary and opportunity. Individuals can save money by eliminating costs of commuting and office rent, and have the opportunity to spend more time with their family, or doing other things that they want with their time.
Tom Selwick is a marketing guru and has written hundreds of articles relating to business and Premier Team International. He has been involved in the local industry for over 20 years.