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Pros and Cons of Working from Home

Working from home has always been a dream of mine.

Now that it’s somewhat a reality, I am learning the many pros and cons of this lifestyle.

It’s amazing how I am happier, and yet more stressed when working from home.

I love being my own boss, but struggle with time management and meeting deadlines at times.

My sister actually said it best the other day.

Not sure if she thought of this quote herself, but it definitely summed it up for me quite accurately.

When you work from home you live at work - quote on a pink background.

“When you work from home you live at work”

I am sure everyone has different opinions on this. But, this is what I am learning so far…

Working from Home: Pros & Cons

  • Pro:  Wear whatever you want all day.
  • Con:  Being too comfy all day can quickly convert to laziness.
  • Pro:  Not feeling well? Take a break. No one will punish you.
  • Con:  Even the slightest little headache can quickly turn into a total veg day of unproductivity if you aren’t strict with yourself. PS. I refuse to admit that unproductivity is not a word.
  • Pro:  Make your own hours.
  • Con:  Without discipline your hours can turn into something unmanageable, like staying up all night. Without a schedule, it’s easy to get burnt out or completely off track.
  • Pro:  Be home with your kids or pets.
  • Con:  Both can be very distracting. I have no clue how parents do it. My dogs distract me enough!
  • Pro:  No commuting.
  • Con:  Your work is always looming… it’s hard to relax knowing it’s in the next room.
  • Pro:  More “me” time.
  • Con:  Not quite! Too much me time and your WAH business will fail quickly. If you are a workaholic like me, you run the risk of becoming a creepy shut-in. Once again, it comes down to a healthy balance.
  • Pro:  No “insert adjective here” coworkers. Less dealing with people.
  • Con:  Social skills can fade. You may find yourself forgetting how to be appropriate in public.

I am sure I could go on and on with this list.

No matter what I say here, I still want to make this work.

I love being my own boss and responsible for my own actions.

Working from home is not for everyone, but I think it is for me.

Hopefully it will allow me to rescue more animals and be home for them.

Person with long nails typing on a laptop that's on a bed next to a tray with fruit and oatmeal.

Have you ever tried working from home?

What were your biggest pros and cons? 

Tamra Phelps

Thursday 25th of December 2014

For me, discipline is the issue. I have a hard time getting down to work at home!


Wednesday 15th of January 2014

It's safe to say that I put in more hours, since I started working from home.


Wednesday 15th of January 2014

I totally agree! There's no punching out!


Wednesday 15th of January 2014

This list is sooooo true! Especially the kids. I may not need a babysitter, but I also can't get anything done during the day! LOL. And yeah, my hours are all over the place and crazy!

Nicole B

Wednesday 15th of January 2014

It is really hard to get anything done during the day with my kids at home. I have to try to use little bits of time here and there - which sometimes makes even a simple task take ten times as long once I add up all the time. It's easier to just wait until my husband comes home to watch the kids or wait for them to all be in bed. That's the best time for me to work at home for now.

Robin (Masshole Mommy)

Saturday 4th of January 2014

I work from home and agree with everything you said. People always think I can get so much done since I am "home all day", but unless they try it themselves than they have no idea.


Tuesday 7th of January 2014

That's so true! I thought the same thing before I was actually doing it!