When you work from home, there are many benefits to be had but also some disadvantages that you should be aware of too. This post takes a brief look at the ups and downs of that work from home ethic to take advantage of the reach of the Internet make money online.
Benefits of Working from Home
The benefits of working at home are obvious in that there is no daily commute to the office or place of work, which saves a lot of time. In some cases, it can save 2 or 3 hours or ore every day which adds up to a lot of time each week. Just think about this. If you only take 2 hours of travelling each day with an hour there and an hour back, in a 5 day week, you have “worked” an extra 10 hour day for nothing! If your commute is 3 hours a day that's a massive 15 hour day you have used up for nothing!
When you work from home, that time is yours again and you can spend it any way you like. You can use it to work a little longer each day and be more productive, or you can spend it with your family. You won't feel so tired in the evenings and be more prone to doing some activity with your family and friends that you couldn't even contemplate before when you would doubtless arrive home exhausted after yet another scramble home in the rush hour.
Working from home at your own online business means you have no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder. How liberating is that! No over-zealous twit writing your progress report for a boss who probably can't match your face to your name and company ID number. No inter office politics, waiting for someone to leave or die before you can get a promotion and a raise. No putting up with a demented talk-aholic bending your ear about what they saw on TV last night 8 hours a day. You get the picture.
Disadvantages of Home Working
The main downside for a lot of people to working from home is the sudden lack of driving motivation. Suddenly, you are not forced to work at an unnaturally over-productive rate and you can easily become demotivated. You have to stay on top of your work and re,ember that this is your business and your livelihood and make sure you discipline yourself to get the day's work done in the time you have allotted to do it.
Interruptions from family members is also a potential setback and you have to explain to them that even though you are at home, you are still working and they should try to leave you be unless there is something really important to disturb you with.
You still need to take breaks and importantly a lunch break, so don't eat lunch at your desk if you can help it. You also should set yourself working hours and not be tempted to stay at your desk way after you should have stopped just because you're there and that time used to be spent travelling anyway!
Okay, that'll do for this post and I hope it has given you some pointers on what to do and what not to do when you work from home at your own online business.
Originally posted: March 29, 2010
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