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I’ve seen a lot of social media posts and articles over the past couple of months that talk about the negatives of working from home, including opinions that remote work is “sad” or “unfulfilling”.
Now, that definitely might be the case for some people- and working from home is not to everyone’s taste.
I turned to freelance work just under a year ago, and remote working has certainly taken some getting used to.
However, is working from home really so bad?
In this blog post, I want to present a balanced view of working from home. From improved flexibility to loneliness, I want to look at the positives and negatives of remote working.
Although freelancing is different to a remote office job or other role, for example, the tenants of remote working are very similar- and we all face the same ups and down.
If you’re considering working from home, or you want to make a change, I hope this post can help you understand a balanced view of this unique experience.
The positives of working from home
You can work from anywhere!
One of the big positives of working from home is that you don’t have to work from home- you can work from anywhere!
You could set yourself up in a café for the day, or move to a new location without it affecting the quality or practicalities of your work.
I even know some remote workers who head abroad and fit travel into their schedule.
It’s a great opportunity to get productive in other locations, not just the same office building.
It works around childcare or other responsibilities
Working from home has many benefits for parents or care-givers, allowing work to fit around important responsibilities.
This might not be the case for everyone, but I know a few bloggers and other remote workers who use working from home to manage their career around their children.
At the end of the day, working from home is a great way to have a bit more flexibility in your job, and this is perfect for those who need to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
You have access to more opportunities
As someone who lives in the North of England, it can be quite demoralising to only see job postings for London.
Remote working allows people from anywhere to apply for a job without moving from their home or committing to a long commute.
This means workers get access to more opportunities- and employers can expand their circle, rather than just accepting applications from those who are geographically suited to the job.
For example, if you want to work as an online translator, you don’t have to move to London or another big city.
You can complete your interpreting or translating services remotely, and more and more people can access the same great opportunities.
You have time to fit in other tasks
If you work from home, it is easier to fit in other tasks around your work.
For example, you don’t have to get home from work to change before you go to the gym- you can just switch off your laptop and get going!
You also have more flexibility to:
- Meet friends during your lunch break
- Eat whatever snacks you want
- Read your book during the day
- Watch some TV on your break
- Go for a walk
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Run a few errands!
The negatives of working from home
It’s harder to socialise
One of the big negatives of working from home is the lack of socialisation.
For me, I need to have a bit of interaction with other people- even it’s just a quick chat in the morning.
My partner often works from home too, so that allows me to socialise during the day, or I can head to a café or go out for lunch with my friends and family.
However, it’s definitely one of the downsides of remote working- and it can be a sticking point for some people!
Your home is your workspace
For many people, that separation between home and work is so important.
If you work from home, your home is also your workspace, and so the lines between work and relaxation time can become blurred.
This causes burn-out and stress for many people, so it’s important to create clear boundaries if you decide to choose a remote position.
You end up doing house jobs!
If you’re at home all the time, it can be hard not to notice all the mess that piles up during the week!
Instead of working, you might feel the need to clean your living space, run an errand or sort out the laundry.
However, if you work in an office, this mess won’t bother you until you get home- and you can focus solely on the task in hand.
People expect you to be around all the time
Working from home can sometimes make others think you’ll be available in the house all day.
This means you might end up waiting in for parcels or you might get interrupted by the doorbell when you’re trying to work.
If you’ve seen the hilarious comedy Motherland, you’ll know that this is the exact issue Julia faces when she first turns to freelance work!
So, is working from home really so bad?
At the end of the day, whether you like working from home or not will depend from person to person.
If you like to be at home with the kids, but you still want to work, working from home is a new option that allows you to have a little more flexibility throughout your day.
However, if you want to meet new people and you thrive on socialisation, you might want to work in the office more often than not.
I disagree that those who work from home are any less productive– or any less unhappy- than those who work in-person. It really just depends on your needs, and what you want from your work.
If you do work from home, it’s important to make it work for you– and consider going into the office if you start to feel isolated or unproductive.
Do you work from home? Do you like the idea of working from home? Would you like to work from home at some point?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments 🙂
Happy reading x