8 Advantages of Working from Home – and 8 Disadvantages

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.

Advantages

  • 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 –

Disadvantages

  • 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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  1. anglosvizzera says:

    I’m not working at the moment as I’m eking out my mum’s inheritance which should last until I get my state pension (hopefully!) I had planned to work from home at some point, but realised that my husband would not be able to keep out of the way…I watched “Cold Feet” last night and saw that very problem when Karen was suddenly stuck with Adam at home, who had just been paid off work for a year.

    However, working away from home is not always great either – most places I’ve worked have been tolerable only due to the work colleagues and not the work itself, unfortunately. Bosses in small businesses can expect you to work entirely for their own benefit (profit) and however hard you work or efficient you are, you rarely get compensated for it. I almost always arrived early and stayed on a bit late if necessary, but if I actually needed to leave ‘on time’, it was frowned upon! If you get all the expected work done, more gets piled on ad infinitum…so each time, despite my explaining this, I resigned. I remember one time, the full-time pharmacy assistant in the private GP practice where I was working was sacked (to save money) and told to leave by noon, and I was called in to be told that I was to do his job as well as all my others! He hardly had time to tell me what was involved before he was booted out. The bosses didn’t really know either, so I had the combined effort of having to fit in that job with my other full-time work, and having to find out what it entailed.

    As for bigger institutions like the NHS or schools, you feel powerless to change anything, even if you can see far more efficient ways to doing things – up to a point you can, but changing the bigger picture is nigh impossible!

    I attempted to drive to work in the snow one morning and gave up and went home when I realised I’d either not get there or wouldn’t be able to leave if I did. But ‘snow days’ had to be taken out of annual leave or unpaid, so weren’t actually any fun at all! And time off ‘sick’ depends on the policy of the employer – government ‘sick pay’ is minimal so after an operation that I required, I was back at work long before the recommended recuperation time as I had to pay my rent and bills.

    So probably the benefits and disadvatages balance one another in the end.

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  2. anglosvizzera says:

    *disadvantages

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  3. That reminds me of when I was working 3 days a week when my children were small. I always made sure to not quite finish all of my work each day – I didn’t want them thinking I could do the work in 2 and a half days, or 2 days!!!

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  4. anglosvizzera says:

    Good tactic – although my work wasn’t really ‘designated’ – it was a case of doing everything if possible, including the work my boss had previously been doing! By the time she realised what I was capable of, it was too late to backtrack 😦

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  5. Sue-Anne says:

    As a worker-from-home, I totally hear you, particularly about the cake! And yes, I miss the camaraderie too. But the biggest drawback is friends and family thinking you’re not really working because you’re at home. There is definitely a market for a cloak of invisibility.

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    1. That’s an excellent idea!!

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