Although working at home has a variety of advantages, there’s always the flip-side to a good situation. If you’re considering a freelance career, you’ll need to review the negatives, as well as the positives. So before you start planning your home office, review the disadvantages.
Not Right For Everyone
Some jobs just won’t work in a home environment. This may be because of the nature of the job, but it’s more likely that your house is just not the most ideal location. Loud homes are the natural enemies of work.
In an office, you’ll have a wealth of people to build relationships with. You may find a new friend and enjoy the social benefits of a corporate environment. Personal benefits aside, it’s important to network with skilled colleagues. Working at home is lonely. You’ll start talking to yourself! Can you handle the isolation or do you thrive off human interaction?
The skills you pick up in an office are important. Alone, it’s hard to identify aspects of yourself which need improvement. You've no opportunity to learn from others. When you’re in a people-heavy atmosphere, you’ll be able to spot trends better.
When you begin working from home, you’ll need to fork out for office equipment. This means a good desk and an ergonomically-sound chair. There’ll be a range of gadgets you’ll need to back up your files or organize your work, so budget for this.
Whereas before, you were left alone because you were trapped in an office building, now family and friends will interpret your ‘work-at-home’ status as an opportunity to drop by whenever they feel like it and disrupt you. From calls to personal visits, this jarring schedule will make your concentration and work suffer.
An obvious disadvantage of working at home is the temptation of sleeping-in or doing whatever you want. To get your work done, you’ll need a routine, but without an angry boss breathing down your neck, you’ll be more likely to hit your snooze button all morning. Sure, a little lie-in is fine – especially now that you don’t have to commute or change out of your PJs – but your working hours should be roughly the same.
With no eyes on you and no office firewall, procrastinating on the internet is so easy. Especially when you start rationalizing to yourself that you’re still doing work by chatting to your friends on social media platforms.
Freelancers don’t get paid for their holidays, nor do they get sick leave. Although you’ll be able to take holidays whenever you like, you’ll take them at your own expense. If you fall seriously ill, there’ll be no sick pay. There’s very little security involved, so you’ll have to create some heavy-duty savings to cover you. This fund should also protect you from the times when you’re struggling to get some work. Your source of income may completely dry-up at times.
Post by Tony, a UK based blogger writing for Warrington Accountants; Brookson.