Technology has recently brought people to the common belief that working from home is the best thing they can do. Even with all the perks of being a freelancer, it is important to consider the Disadvantages of Working from Home. The drawbacks of every major issue are often forgotten. These stumbling blocks can actually add to work/home pressure and even lead to unemployment blues in some cases.
Here are the major concerns for someone who decides to work from home:
1. Not suitable for all Jobs
Unfortunately, working from home will not "work" for all kinds of jobs. This applies for jobs that need large premises or in case your business needs to be close to possible clients.
If you need to be in a certain environment and cannot achieve this at home, or if you need to be located close to customers and suppliers, working at home to save costs is the wrong option. It will cost your business more in the long run.
2. Networking and Relationships
In an office environment you will have a group of people who form your support network personally and professionally. Meeting new people in an office environment will make it easier for you to build new relationships.
When you work from home there is no network of people to build your professional bond with. You need to be very proactive. You need to get out and meet people and also network online. However, many people argue that freelancing shouldn't be a barrier to relationships. It all depends on the individual at the end of the day.
The hardest part of working outside the office environment can be the fact that you will work alone. Can you handle this isolation?
When you work from home, it can be difficult to identify our own skill gaps. There is no colleague whom you can just ask a quick question and get an answer in a few minutes. You will not have the opportunity to instantly learn from other people. You need to be very critical and analytical to recognize what skills you need and how you are going to acquire them.
Keeping up to date with relevant trends and online courses will help you spot opportunities before they pass by
4. Initial Costs
To start an online business you need to set up an area in your home, away from everyone. Doing this may involve initial set up costs to pay for a new desk, telephone within reach, etc. Budget for your own workspace before making major decisions.
If your home is noisy, this could be distracting from your work. You would be prone to constant calls from relatives and friends. This could be distracting when you are trying to focus.
It can be hard to ignore all the background noise while working at home. Being called away from your work even for 5 minutes would break concentration and task flow.
The challenge of all self-employed individuals is avoiding procrastination.
Sticking to a routine is the best way to maintain control in your freelance working life. There is a very thin line between work online and social networking, reading emails, and surfing the Internet for fun. Wasting time online often results in longer hours than expected to finish a single job.
This article covers most of the challenges for those who work from home. Do you have any other pros or cons that you would like to add? Do you disagree with some of these problems? Let us know in the comment section below.
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