The amount of people in the UK working from home has had a large increase over the last few years with a report in 2014 showing that from 1998 – 2014, the amount of people working from home went from 2.9 million to a massive 4.2 million, but it is worth remembering that this figure includes both employed and self employed workers. If you are considering joining the other 4.2 million Brits who work from home, here are a few of the pros and cons that I personally have found since working from home.
Pros to Working From Home
I’ll start with the pros I’ve found to working from home on both a lifestyle and a financial level.
As a mum of two I appreciate 100% the flexibility of working from home. I think that a lot of the things that I would find terribly stressful are taken care of. For instance, both of my boys’ are in school but worrying about who will be taking them or picking them up from school is something that I don’t have to think about, because I am able to do it every day. This also means that if one of them becomes poorly during school, I am just a phone call away and can collect them without having to feel like a nuisance explaining to my boss that I can’t get anybody else to pick them up.
Also, my boys’ school often hold classes in school that you can attend with your children. For instance, we have just finished a 6 week science club course which we went to once a week. During the course, we made volcanoes erupt and all sorts of fun experiments. It is something that we really enjoy taking part in and I appreciate the fact that I know that I can always do these small things that make a big difference to my boys day.
The flexibility isn’t just a benefit when it comes to my children either, I am also able to organise my work to fit around things that I want to do with my friends, such as going for a run, or more likely a coffee.
Working from home is also a great way to save money. This is done in many ways, such as not having to pay for any breakfast or after school clubs for my children. I also don’t need to pay for the commute to and from work, whether it is petrol for the car or a bus fare. Plus, I don’t have to think about work clothes or buying expensive but convenient dinners. As you can see, there are many areas where working from home can save you money. I think that as a parent, though, the biggest saving is not having to pay for childcare during the week and also in the school holidays, as in 2014 the average cost of childcare during the holidays was around £114.51 per child per week!
I don’t have to miss a thing
Personally, the thing that I love the most about working from home is that I don’t have to be away from my kids on a regular basis. Knowing that I haven’t missed any precious moments with them fills my heart with joy because the years of them being little really does fly by.
Cons to Working From Home
Well now I have mentioned a few of the positives from working from home, it is only fair to have a look at some negatives.
Working from home is a great way to earn a living, if you actually do some work! I think that having the discipline to put the hours into your work that you need to whilst you are at home is a lot harder than you may think. For people that have a separate working space this might not be as difficult, as you can lock yourself away and focus on your work in peace. As for me however, I do most of my work in one of our reception rooms. I don’t have a pretty little study where I can hide away, I do my work in the hustle and bustle of family life. Now, this isn’t so bad during school hours, I can enjoy the peace and quiet and I can actually hear myself think, but the difficulty comes when the kids are off school and the house is just full of non stop mayhem!
Controlling my urge to clean
Some of you might think that this is absolutely ridiculous, and I suppose it is, but I am a bit of a clean freak. Now I’m not saying that I have OCD but I do find it hard to switch off to any mess, dust or dishes that I can see. So, for me this can be quite difficult. Usually I try to make sure that the house is clean and tidy before I start working, so that I can focus on my work and not be distracted by what’s around me. However, there are those odd days where the house just seems to have exploded all around me (for no particular reason) within just the couple of hours of getting the kids ready for school. It also usually happens on the days where I have a mountain of work to do, so I have to find a tidy corner somewhere and work before I can tackle the mess.
Should You Work from Home?
If you are considering working from home then I hope that my personal list of pros and cons to working from home can be of some help. Working from home isn’t for everybody but hopefully you will now have more of an idea of whether it is right for you.
What are your best and worst bits about working from home?