Storm Ciara is beating itself against my windows, and I’m due to leave for work in a couple of hours.
I was (still am) running a limited company with my husband (the one who left nearly a year ago). For me that meant working from home.
I wrote this a couple of years ago, before I had to find myself a proper job.
As the Beast from the East made its way across to West Yorkshire, I picked up my laptop and climbed the two flights of stairs to my office in the attic. For the last couple of days, the advantages of working from home have definitely outweighed the disadvantages. But it’s not always like that. Here are 8 reasons why working from home is great – and 8 reasons why it isn’t.
- I don’t have to go out in that
- I have the office heater all to myself
- I can keep my slippers on
- I can enjoy the snow without worrying about how I’m going to get home
- I can work with the cat on my knee
- When I have a spare 5 minutes, I can order cat food
- I don’t have to label my lunch – or make it the night before
- I can organise things so that there’s time for taking the car to be serviced, or meeting up with a friend, or painting the ceiling
But it’s not all a bed of roses –
- I can’t have a snow day
- I have to make my own coffee
- No-one brings cake
- I can’t whinge about the boss
- I spend my lunch break sorting the washing
- Sometimes when I answer the phone in my business voice, it turns out to be my Mum (who thinks I’m retired, and therefore that I have time to chat)
- I’m responsible for everything. Ev. Re. Thing.
- It’s difficult to organise a Christmas do – or any sort of do, really
If you go out to work, do you wish you could work from home?
If you work from home, do you miss the camaraderie, the banter, the teamwork – and not always being the one who makes the coffee?
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