The act of working at home has become very popular, especially with the events of the 2019-2020 coronavirus scare.
Now, more people than ever are working at home. Many of them are working their regular job and simply doing so remotely.
However, prior to this, many people who worked at home were self-employed, freelancers, contract workers, bloggers, affiliate marketers, et cetera.
People love the idea of working at home due to the freedom it provides.
They think about how nice it would be not to have to commute, deal with other people all day, have a sense of freedom, and so on.
The trouble is, people are so eager to start working at home that they often don’t consider the drawbacks.
It’s true that several people are a naturally good fit for working at home.
However, some people simply don’t have what it takes. They need other people, and working at home isn’t right for them.
Making the work at home decision is a tough choice that needs to be carefully considered. It isn’t something you merely jump into and hope for the best.
This article will outline some of the potential drawbacks to working at home.
Current Work Situation
If you are employed, then you are working for someone else. This person, or company, may not want you to be working at home.
They may want to keep an eye on you to make sure your job is getting accomplished. Several companies require you to work at the office for a few years before allowing you to work remotely.
Of course, during a national pandemic, they often encouraged people to work at home.
However, there will always be certain fields in which working at home is practically impossible. Consider police officers, construction workers, or any kind of laboring job.
If they worked at home they’d never have any work!
In addition, positions like doctors, dentists, chiropractors, and those in the medical field are best left in an office. After all, they could work from home by creating a patient area in their house, but it isn’t practical. Way too much liability.
Therefore, if you want to work from home, then you need to be in a position to do so. That means your job must be a job that will allow you to work from home.
It also must be a job that you can feasibly do from home. Jobs like writing, creative design, website developers, telemarketers, and sales positions are all great examples.
In essence, the first obstacle you must overcome is whether or not your current position will enable you to work at home.
Many people think that working at home will save money. They won’t have to spend money commuting to and from work, they won’t have to spend money on lunches, they won’t be paying for childcare, et cetera.
Even though some of this is true, it isn’t as true as it seems. Working at home still requires some form of commuting.
It is very likely that you’ll still have to meet with prospects, clients, customers, or whoever is spending money so that you can make money.
In addition, even though you work at home, you still need to eat. Oftentimes, people eat more when they work at home.
This is simply because the food is readily available. It’s easier to walk to the kitchen and pop something in the microwave than to take an hour away from the office to go somewhere and get lunch.
Still, the act of eating more frequently while working at home is better than not eating enough while working out of the home.
The most important aspect is making sure you are eating the right foods to promote a healthy life.
There are several other “hidden costs” that are often overlooked until after someone is working at home.
Things like health insurance, an additional phone line for a fax machine, increased Internet speeds, office supplies, et cetera.
You’ll also need to hire an accountant to maintain your books and do your taxes. You can also use QuickBooks Self-Employed to help keep things more organized.
If you have children, you’ll find that working with them at home isn’t as easy as it may seem. Sure, you’ll save money on childcare.
However, you may find that paying to get them out of the house while you work makes you more productive and therefore more profitable.
You’ll have to do a cost-benefit analysis to see whether or not it is worth it. Either way, your family will have to adjust to you being at home.
They may not realize that you being at home while working means you aren’t really “at home”.
Working at home takes a certain personality.
You have to be very self-motivated.
After all, you don’t have a boss checking in on you all of the time. People who work at home are responsible for their own productivity.
This means you also have to be very disciplined. You must motivate yourself and discipline yourself so that you can accomplish your work.
Therefore, if you are the type of person who needs to be motivated by other people, or who needs direction on what to do and how to do it, then working at home is not for you.
Procrastination is your worst enemy.
Therefore, if you are a procrastinator then either you need to break the habit or not work at home.
Yes, you can wear your pajamas, but doing so will only serve to increase the possibility of procrastination. There will be constant distractions and hindrances available.
Facebook and Netflix will always be calling your name along with the snacks in your kitchen. Even the most motivated individuals struggle with this aspect of working at home.
Thus, if you are easily distracted or even a little bit of a procrastinator, then this may not be for you.
Some people need others to feel satisfied in life. During the COVID-19 shutdown, many people realized this fact.
Think to yourself and if you were the type of person who thrived during the shutdown then you’ll be fine working at home.
However, if you found yourself developing cabin fever and chomping at the bit to get out then you’ll probably struggle.
The good news is that during “normal” times, you’ll still be able to get out of the house and see other people. Still, loneliness is a major issue that plagues many work-at-home individuals.
If you are prone to depression or loneliness and need other people in your life in order to feel a sense of purpose then you may have a hard time working from home. Examine yourself:
What do you normally do when you have a day off?
What about on a rainy day?
Are you working hard to clean the house, doing side projects, or some other side hustle?
Or are you sitting on the couch with a good book or the TV remote in hand?
Whatever your normal pattern of behavior is will probably become even more prevalent when you start working from home. Therefore, evaluate yourself before making the change.
The purpose of this article wasn’t to discourage you from working at home. It was to educate you on the real problems that you may face when working at home.
It’s possible you already faced them at some point during your career. Perhaps you’ve already worked at home and realized it’s not for you.
Either way, the negatives are something that you should know about before making the change so that you can make an educated decision.
Yes, there are plenty of positives when it comes to working at home. You no doubt already know of them.
After all, the advantages of something are almost always more widely known than the disadvantages.
No one wants to talk about the negatives all the time.
People want to have high hopes and dreams.
They want to believe the grass is always greener on the other side. However, before going over, make sure you educate yourself on what is really waiting for you on the other side.