Working from home may sound like the ideal to some people but while there are many benefits to not having to leave the house every morning, it also presents its own set of challenges.
If you are considering a position that involves working from home, here are a checklist of things that Attic Recruitment advise you to consider first to ensure that you get the best out of the arrangement:
Your home work space
Do you have a specific space that you can use as a work space? It may be a spare room that acts as a study, a garden building that you convert to an office or a specific space within the house that houses your computer, a desk and other things that you might need? Having a specific space is important but it also must simulate a work station that you would find in the office. It’s no good sitting on the couch for example, you need to have the correct posture while at your work station.
How much time you will work at home?
Will you be working from home every day? Will you start your day at home and then go out to appointments or will you just work from home one day a week? It is important to consider just how much time you will spend at home. If you are not seeing anyone on a daily basis it can get quite lonely and you may find yourself missing the camaraderie of the office.
The disruption of children and pets
If you have children then how are you going to make working from home fit around them? Can you get the important stuff done when they are at school? You don’t want to be on the phone to clients or the boss with your kids arguing in the background or the dog barking at the postman and anyone else that walks past the door. It isn’t great if you suddenly have to jump on a conference call or a client call. Consider if you can actually work from home without disruption.
Daily distractions of working from home
Much like the children being at home, working from home can be distracting. If the kids have left the television on in the morning and you suddenly find yourself engrossed in Loose Women or This Morning, you could lose half an hour. If a news story breaks, you might find yourself glued to the TV. The other things that can eat into your time are the washing that you suddenly decide to pop on, or the laundry that needs hanging out to dry. Perhaps you find yourself clearing away the breakfast things or just putting the hoover round. All of these things can be a major distraction to your working day.
The benefits of working from home
While there are challenges to working from home there are also many benefits:
- No commute – less time in the car is more time for getting work done meaning your day just got more flexible
- The quiet surrounds unlike a busy office where you may get interrupted
- The money you save – believe it or not you can actually save money working from home. No quick pit stops to the shop, the petrol station or the coffee shop and no lunches from the canteen or local eatery. You will be surprised at just how much you save.
- The flexibility to plan your day to suit you – if you are an early starter or a late riser, you can tailor your day to fit you.
Working from home is not for everyone but there are many people who find a great balance. It takes motivation and a certain work ethic but if you are confident that you can face the challenges that it presents then it can be very rewarding.