Working from home saves the environment
The first thing that comes to my mind is the good feeling I get in knowing that I am saving energy and money by not commuting to work.
Working from home saves time
Another, very important aspect is that I do not need to waste my time waiting for trains and I save at least 1.5 hours, and sometimes twice as long, on my commute! I can start work even earlier than I would in an office, and I can also achieve more in the morning leading up to my lunch break which is my most productive time of the day.
Workers who enjoy some flexible working from home are happier and are more productive
It is wonderful that I can avoid all the commuting stress and fluster of enduring an over-crowded train, bus or tube and I can sit at my desk a happier and more relaxed person.
Working from home allows for better focus and concentration
I find that the office distractions of the phone ringing, the chat from my colleagues and the interruptions of visitors into the office make it difficult to fully engage with a piece of work and its much easier to lose my thread of thought. Friends, neighbours and family expect me to be at work, so I’ve avoided interruptions thus far.
I think it’s important to have a dedicated workspace which is free from interruption. Even if you think you are amazing at concentrating and multitasking it is not recommendable to look after your children and work at the same time.
Working from home enables better balance and time-management
Office rules and conventions can be quite unhelpful as they used to dictate to me to take a lunch break at a specific time and to move away from my desk. However, at home I am more flexible, can manage my own time and take breaks when I need to.
I feel more responsive and provide clients an efficient and prompt service when I am at home. I use this advantage to build solid and lasting relationships with clients.
Working from home am I am no less dedicated to my work
My attitude is naturally one of diligence.
As a worker I am ‘on call’ all day probably to compensate for the fact that I am not in the office. I am certainly a worker or VA who cannot be wrongly accused of being lazy (not in pyjamas!) and can prove the label of working from home is a ‘slackers charter’ wrong.
I will and always have gone above and beyond of what is required of me, and I thank gratefully all past employers who gave me the discretion to work from home.
Some of the disadvantages of working from home
As I am required to provide a balanced view, there are definitely some disadvantages of working at home. Sometimes I am unable to switch off as the boundaries between home, leisure and work can become blurred.
Working from home can be lonely
There are other freelancers who feel incredibly isolated and lonely. However, there are many actions you can take to prevent this from taking hold such as an ever-increasing number of co-working spaces, joining a team of VAs or local networking events.
In summary, believe that working from home is a great way to help workers, employees, consultants, staff and employees become more efficient and happier which leads to increased productivity and more business success.
Working from home I have my fully-functioning, long-established and to boot environmentally friendly office ready set up to adapt to your business needs. Contact me on [email protected] to see how we can get started.