I have to admit I do love working for myself but it isn’t all plusses. Sometimes there are huge minuses. It’s up to you to way up all the plusses and work out if they outweigh the minuses. But, it’s good for you to know in advance what the pros and cons of working for yourself are so that you can be realistic about what you’re getting yourself into.
Work and Home Life Often Collide – I can feel like you are always working becasue between family duties, parenting stuff and trying to work you probably dont get much time off. It can be tough to get into a work routine and even tougher to implement it. You can easily slip into working strange hours to catch up and to justify to yourself that you actually got any work done that day.
You’ll Do a Lot of Work for Free – Much of the work you do for your business might not be billable, therefore will feel like free work until you start making a profit. But they are things you have to do to grow your business. It sucks but its part of having a business. The drawback is that its hard to push yourself to do ‘free’ work when your not seeing the income coming in.
Family Will Ask You to Do Stuff (since you’re not doing anything) – Not just family, but sometimes friends will start to depend on you being there for them for everything.
They’ll ask you to do their chores like watching their sick child so they can go to work. Your other half, if you have one, and children will stop helping out around the house as much, since you’re there anyway. It never ends.
You’ll Crave Being out of the House – Sometimes, when you go out, as you’re on your way home you’ll get the distinct feeling you’re going to jail. You will want to do anything but go home, even grocery shop.
Stuff Will Distract You – It’s amazing how much housework I can get through when I have a work task I don’t particularly like. Without supervision, even the most studious and organized individual can go off the rails due to the internet, television, and stuff that is around to distract you from work. It’s up to you and only you to set up a good working schedule to help you avoid this.
No More Living by the Clock – If you arrange your business right you can wake up naturally without an alarm forcing you to get up when your body isn’t ready. You can also go to bed when you want to as well. It’s freedom not to always live by the clock.
No More Traffic Jams – One of the best perks is not having to be caught in a traffic jam during rush hour when you need to pee. You won’t have to do that anymore and it will be a relief, most especially on bad weather days when everyone else has to trudge through the snow or the heat wave.
Fewer Work-Related Interruptions – Office chatter can get overwhelming at times and it can be difficult to get work done due to it. Not to mention office meetings. Be honest, did you ever really get work done due to a meeting? During the meeting, you’re thinking about how you could be getting work done right now instead of talking about it.
You Really Can Work in Your PJs – Oh yes you can. You can wear PJs, yoga pants, or a moo-moo; no one cares. You can even get inspired right out of the shower and work naked if you want to. It’s your business and your house.
A Flexible Schedule – If you have a parent-teacher meeting you don’t have to ask permission to go. If you want to get your hair done, go for it. Whatever you want to do during the day is up to you as long as you find time to also get your work done so you can get paid. Your schedule is your own.
You Can Eat Healthier – Going out to work often causes everyone to eat out for lunch five days a week. That can not only be super expensive, but it is also very unhealthy for everyone to do it. Now you can prepare healthy lunches for yourself or eat leftovers from dinner the night before. Save money, and save your life.
Working from home offers many benefits and even a few drawbacks. It’s up to you to determine if you have the personality for it. You’ll need to rein in family and friends who want to take advantage of you, as well as yourself, to stay on track for creating a healthy and profitable home business. Finding the Perfect Work at Home Opportunity