I have worked from home as a blogger for over 4 years now, doesn’t time fly?! I love writing, photography and social media so it’s a good fit for me and something I love doing but it isn’t all cups of tea and Instagram flatlays. Working from home is great in many ways but it does have its drawbacks and that’s what I’m talking about on the blog today, the pros and cons of working from home as a blogger.
Online security labelling company Seareach recently conducted some interesting research which found that many companies in the UK don’t take advantage of flexible working which would allow some of their office-based workers to work from home. There are a lot of pros and cons companies have to consider when letting employees work from home such as happy staff, cost effectiveness and space saving to name a few. Many of the pros and cons which companies have to consider are the same that I experience when working from home, here are the main pros and cons for me when working from home.
I can set flexible working hours – This is one of the things I like most about working from home. I’ll be honest and say I’m not an early riser and it takes me a little while to wake up in the morning. I’m more of a night owl and working from home means I can work the hours that suit me best. I find my most productive working hours are between 8pm and midnight so being able to start later and finish later means this works well for my lifestyle.
I’m my own boss – I love being my own boss and not having anyone to answer to. I can set my own goals and targets without the stress that comes with working on targets for someone else. I can decide which work to accept, choose my own hours and I don’t need to get approval from anyone else before making a decision.
Working on the go – I work from my laptop at home which means I can take my laptop with me and I can work on the go if need be. There have been times where I have taken my laptop with me when going on a long car journey (as a passenger) and I was able to get some work done during the journey which I would have otherwise spent doing nothing. It’s also good to know that I can work from anywhere whether I’m visiting friends/family or I’m on holiday.
I can pick and choose my work – If there’s something I don’t think fits with my blog I can simply turn it down so I only accept opportunities which will work for me and my blog. If I was working for a boss I wouldn’t be able to pick and choose which work I did and would have to do work I perhaps didn’t enjoy.
I can adapt my day to suit my needs – Although I try to have a set working day I do switch things up from time to time, for example, I will often exercise at lunchtime which is something I wouldn’t be able to do easily if I worked for someone else. I can take a half an hour break to prepare a meal, head to the shop or have a break at any time if needed.
Working from home can be lonely – I work alone during the day and it can get lonely, for this reason, I try to make sure I get out of the house regularly to break up the day. Sometimes this will include trips to the shops, spending time with family and friends, or even just going for a walk for some fresh air and a change of scenery.
I have to be ready to work – Although I’m able to set my own flexible working hours, as a self-employed blogger I need to be available to work as and when work is available. Work opportunities are often only available for a short period of time before being pass on to someone else so replying to emails quickly and being available for work is essential.
I have to be self-motivated – Being motivated to work day in and day out at home isn’t always easy, especially when there are other distractions around. I try to stay motivated by setting goals and creating a to-do list which helps me stay focused and I can see what work I have to do and what I have completed which keeps me motivated.
There are a lot of distractions – Working from home means I’m constantly surrounded by distractions. That pile of laundry waiting to be done, the bin that needs emptying or the dusting that needs to be done, there’s always something at home I need to do and it’s so easy to get drawn into home jobs when I should be working. I often start clearing things away and before I know it half the working day has gone which means I have had to learn to ignore the distractions, as much as I can anyway. My two cats can also be a big distraction because they enjoy running over my lap, keyboard and desk just to keep things interesting. I also have the terrible habit of constantly looking in the fridge.. does anyone else who works from home do that or is it just me?!
It can be hard to separate work/home – When you work from home it can be hard to separate the two, this is something I struggle with a lot. I work in the same space I relax in which means I can see my laptop and work things constantly and it can be difficult to switch off and relax, especially if I know I have work to do. This often results in me picking up my laptop and working when I should be having some time off. If I was working in an office I would be able to leave the office and my work behind but at home, it’s not always easy to do that.
If you’re considering working from home, whether for a company or as your own boss I would say go for it! There are a lot of pros and cons to working from home not only as a blogger but for anyone, each person will find different pros and cons but it’s all about balance and finding out what works for you. It might take a little bit of time to get the perfect routine and learn how to get the best out of your day but with a little perseverance it will happen and you’ll love the freedom working from home will give you.
Do you work from home? What are your top pros and cons when working from home?