I’ve been working from home as a journalist/freelance writer for about 18 months and, while I thoroughly enjoy being home, there are some definite drawbacks to not going into an office.
If you a) need a boss breathing down your neck, b) enjoy gossiping around the water cooler or c) like flirting with the office staff, then working at home probably isn’t for you. (Although, since my husband also works from home, there’s a bit of flirtatious behavior at times. Usually when I’m not home.)
Anyway. If you’re considering making the move from office to kitchen table, here are some pros and cons for you to consider:
- It’s Casual Friday everyday!!! (If I’m dressed before noon, it’s a miracle.)
- You never have to miss an episode of Dr. Oz.
- My kitchen is my office–so there is food around me all the time. (This is also a “con.”)
- I can set my own schedule. It’s usually something like this:
8:30–Drag myself out of bed
9:00–Drag myself to the gym
9:10–Go back home
10:30–Catch up on Facebook/Twitter/Blogs/Etc.
3:00–Research an article I’m working on
5:30–Repeat the 10:30 events
6:30–Eat dinner (this also usually includes making dinner)
8:00–Watch DVRd shows from the last two weeks
Trying to write an article while my teenage daughter watches “South Park.” (My favorite episode is when Cartman thinks he’s dead. Hahahahahahaha!!!!)
Nowhere to meet for professional business meetings. (Note: McDonald’s has a lovely play area.)
My kitchen is my office–so there is food around me all the time. (This is also a “pro.”)
I forget how to talk to people face-to-face.
Getting “dressed up” means not wearing pajama bottoms and a T-shirt.
Going to Wal-Mart for milk and glitter becomes the highlight of your day.
I hope these words of free advice help you decide whether you want to stay shackled to a desk or become one of the many Americans living below poverty level. Either way, my prayers are with you.