Everyone is not cut out for working from home.
As much as I love to work from home, it works for me only because I like the remote lifestyle. The flexibility and freedom I get in online work is something that I value the most. Of course, the income part is great, I earn a full-time income working part-time from my blog.
I have friends who work from home couple of days in a week in their 9-5 jobs, and they get stressed out in just a day.
According to statistics, more than 80% of companies are leaning towards work-at-home options, and with this rising trend in remote work, you must be thinking of considering this option.
But will working from home suit you? I am sure you must have asked this question or at least wondered about it.
Online work might look very good but it is not surely suitable for some and today’s post is all about that.
I will share some things which you should consider before you take the leap into this flexible work arrangement.
Please remember, I am not discouraging you from working from home. You need to assess if you are the work-at-home type and your lifestyle thoroughly before you take up a WAH job/side hustle.
Are you ready to start working from home? Find out from the tips below.
Like The Commute
I know the idea of dragging yourself from the bed in the morning, dressing up and going through the long commute is dreaded by many. But there are some who love this whole process. I have friends and family who love the energetic feeling of commuting to work.
It does have some benefits like being active and obviously the human interaction. If this is you, then working from home might not be your cup of tea.
There is no commute when you work from home so getting up and being disciplined about your day-to-day activities is entirely a voluntary act rather than a need. Some remote jobs/hustles do not require you to be at home, they fit perfectly for someone who is looking for some social interaction and love a bit of travel.
Need The Social Interaction
Talking about social interaction, do you love the small chit chat between the office breaks? Do you relish going out for coffee with your colleagues? If you said yes to that, then working from home is a sure no-no for you.
The most significant factor you need to consider when working from home is, unfortunately, the loneliness. Working from home includes a lot of alone time. No peers and minimal social interaction. I know it is hard for some to handle this, but this environment is great for many to be more productive.
Sometimes the office politics and tensions can affect your work a lot, and this is entirely missing when you work from home. Though in some remote jobs you can interact with your team through some online platforms but largely it is minimal. Jobs like online tutoring and virtual assisting can give you good social interaction.
Not A Self-Starter
This is probably the primary factor you need to consider to start an online job. Most of the remote jobs have the topmost requirement of being a self-starter. You need to be motivated to work on your projects without much help.
Though you will be getting some support from your company, you will always be working by yourself. So, these arrangements require you to be extremely proactive and self taught.
If you are not a driven person or need some team environment to do that, then you should think twice before taking up a work-at-home job.
Hard To Balance Family And Work
A lot of people give up on the idea of working from home because it is hard to balance family and work at the same time.
It is understandable; you don’t have a strict line between work and family time when you are working remotely.
Though it becomes better with time, if you are someone who has very young kids or has a noisy home, then it might be tough for you to manage to work from home.
That does not mean you cannot work from home; some jobs do not require you to be on the phone or some jobs require you to work at night.
If you cannot handle having family around and working, then this might not be for you.
Don’t Crave For The Flexibility
If you are not a big fan of flexible work options, then you do not need to work from home. Working from home is all about flexibility. 90% of the people start to work from home because they want more flexible working arrangement.
I get to work whenever I can with my work-at-home job or my blog. That’s a major factor for me to choose working from home. If you love working hectic schedules and are not bothered by the strict work timings, then working from home is not for you.
Love To Be In The Limelight
I have never been interested in climbing the corporate ladder. The 9-5 grind was never appealing to me because I was never interested in that race. And this made me a perfect candidate for a work-at-home job.
If you perform well in a corporate ambience then working from home will not be exciting for you. Though in some WAH jobs you might get the perks of a 9-5 job like getting promoted, getting raises, etc. most of the work-at-home jobs are not great for power hungry.
I have been working from home for eight years, and I can say for sure, it is not for everyone. You need a lot of self-discipline, organization skills, and being proactive to successfully work from home, whether it is a job or a side hustle.
If you do think you are a stellar work-at-home personality, then check out these most wanted work-at-home jobs for beginners.
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Are you thinking of working from home? Have you thought about these things?