If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. “I looove working from home!” Really? Tell me more.
In many of my previous jobs, “teleworking” was secret code for: Wooohooo! Sleep in! Watch TV! Be lazy! Wear your pj’s all day! This work isn’t that important…I can finish it when I’m back in the office again.
But these days, my telecommuting work is my only source of income. There’s no time for goofing off, although lately I’ve been pretty successful in dodging chores. There are countless articles online about why working from home is wonderful, how to maximize efficiency, etc, etc, ad nauseum. But here is my .02.
First, you should really like – or better yet, love – what you are doing. If that crucial ingredient is missing, then you probably won’t ever be successful working from home! If you haven’t figured out your why, take a few minutes and do it now.
The pros to working from home:
- No meetings to attend so you can set your own schedule.
- No commuting.
- No one breathing down your neck (unless you want them to).
- If you own your own business, as I do, you get some awesome tax breaks.
- Need to do a load of laundry while you’re writing a report? No biggie. Multitask. But really focus when you need to complete a project or you could spend 8 hours on one simple task.
The cons to working from home:
- Goofing off = lost income.
- Negative Nancies.
So what do I actually miss about working in an office?
1) Dressing up. This is a love/hate thing because trust me, I usually only wear comfy clothes. Ask anyone who has seen me wearing the same jeans and dark shirt since last summer!
2) Holiday parties. Is it wrong to miss these forced-fun-functions? If so, I don’t want to be right.
What do I not miss?
1) Traffic. I met a friend for dinner recently but first dropped my son with his dad, who happens to work in the Denver city/county building. Fifteen minutes in downtown traffic and I wished I were driving a bumper car so I could legally smash into other people. Also, I use a lot less gas working from home.
2) Tech support. Oh, tech support, how I miss you!
So what do you full-time telecommuters out there miss about office life? Inquiring minds want to know!