According to Forbes, one in five Americans work from home, and that number is expected to increase to more than 50% in the next five years. When I was given the opportunity to work from home, I was ecstatic. I’m a soon-to-be military spouse, and we are going to be moving constantly over the next two years.
There are a number of reasons why working from home is AWESOME.
- I can wake up whenever I want to, and wear my PJ’s at work. (I don’t do this everyday.)
- I can work when I want to work.
- I have my refrigerator 10 feet away.
- I can take an afternoon nap.
- I get puppy therapy throughout the day.
- I can rearrange my schedule to meet with friends.
- I finally have more time to do things I enjoy.
- I can leave town anytime and take my work with me.
- No office interruptions.
I know. These seem kind of childish. But after working constantly since I was 15, it feels amazing getting paid while I’m at home. This is my fourth month working from home, and I’m starting to see the BAD.
- I’m alone, and I’m an extrovert. I actually enjoy working with people.
- Home distractions. Sometimes I am thinking about the dirty dishes in the sink.
- I have to motivate myself constantly. It’s easy for me to get into the same old routine. (NOT GOOD)
- You need discipline. No one is here to monitor you, so it’s easy for you to slack off. Luckily, I have always been an overachiever.
- No direction. I actually enjoy having a team to learn from.
- It’s hard coming up with ideas on your own.
- You focus less on your professional life.
I thoroughly enjoy what I do on a daily basis. However, I’m not sure if it’s for me. I think working from home is for people that would like to focus more on their personal life. I’m at the point where I would like to focus on developing more professionally. To help, I have been exploring other ways to fill my “professional void.”
Would you enjoy working from home? Why? How would you stay motivated?