After extensive searching on Craigslist (craigslist.org), Monster (monster.com) and CareerBuilder (careerbuilder.com) you have found an awesome job opportunity. There is only one catch - you must work from home. This is not an unlikely scenario. Many people, from small business owners to freelance writers to individual craftsmen work from a home based office. According to workplace lifestyle website CareerJounal.com, around 30 million people telecommuted at least part time last year. Here are the pros and cons to such a lifestyle.
- Work on your own time
- No commute - Los Angeles drivers can especially appreciate this. No more missing the game because of traffic.
- Your office travels with you - A laptop and a backpack are all you need to bring your work on vacation.
- You decide the dresscode - When was the last time you saw anyone wearing sweatpants and no shirt to the office.
- Tax breaks - If you meet the home-office requirements of the IRS
- Family life - You can spend much more time with your significant other (and children if they are in the picture).
- Distractions - You must have serious discipline to ignore the television, Internet, girlfriend/boyfriend and get your job done.
- You work on your time - What is a benefit can also be a serious negative. Procrastination can get the better of you.
- Loneliness - Nobody to share water-cooler jokes with, no trips to a favorite lunch stop, no chatting it up at all.
- Compensation - Depending how your compensation is structured, you might end up doing a lot of work with no boss around to properly reward you.