This time last year I was sat at home working from the sofa, with a cat to my left, and a tin of biscuits to my right. Sounds bliss right? Some people may have wondered why I gave this up to go back to working a 9-5 job in an office but like any work situation, there are perks and downsides. If you are wondering which scenario you would prefer and need a bit of advice, read on to find out my pros and cons for working at home as a freelancer and working full-time in an office.
Working from home : PROS
– You have a lot of freedom and can work at your own pace
– You have a constant supply of food (assuming your kitchen is also filled with cheese and chocolate)
– You don’t need to make an effort with your appearance
– You can get super cosy with blankets and pyjamas
– You can do your household chores on your lunch break
– There is no work commute
– If it’s a nice day, you can take your work into the garden
– You always have control over the music choice
– If you have pets, you can take a quick cuddle break
– You can choose to work from a café.
– You may find that the work is more creative and versatile when freelancing.
Working from home: CONS
– It is hard to stay motivated without a boss breathing down your neck.
– You might get into the habit of overeating, and not moving.
– Not having to put makeup on or wear smart clothes can affect your self-esteem and make you struggle to get in work mode.
– It is very easy to get distracted by the TV, housework, pets, music, staring into space…
– Not speaking to people on a daily basis can make you WEIRD.
– You may worry about the future of your work stability.
– Dealing with self-employed tax stuff is very confusing and if you’re anything like me, (bad at maths), you’ll need to hire an accountant.
– You may end up spending all of your earnings on coffee and pastries by working in cafés.
Working from office: PROS
– You can experiment with workwear and feel like a boss bitch.
– You are always around people, making it much easier to socialise.
– You have much more structure, making it easier to stay motivated and not get distracted.
– You don’t need to worry about tax and invoices.
– When you leave the office you can fully switch off, which isn’t always possible if your home is your workplace.
– You’ll have a steady income.
– You get a set amount of paid holidays (including bank holidays) – which isn’t a benefit for self-employed peeps.
– Support from management
Working from office: CONS
– You have to put up with your colleague’s god-awful music taste.
– When you’re tired, you still have to be on the ball.
– You have to look presentable even when you can’t be bothered.
– I luckily don’t have a long commute, but I have before and it SUCKS!
– There isn’t as much flexibility to your schedule.
– It is frowned upon to show up to work in pyjamas and wrapped in a duvet. Who knew?
– The only time you have to do personal errands is in the evening or weekends.
– Less control over the work you do
There you have it! My pros and cons for working from an office or home. I have enjoyed both situations but at the moment, working from an office with more structure, stability and support is better for me. However, for a lot of people, the benefits of working from home outweighs the cons. If you would like some advice to help overcome the drawbacks of freelancing, read my post here.