Working at home is working at home. It is waking up every day, grabbing some breakfast, making your cup of coffee, going to your home office and start working. That’s it! It doesn’t require commuting, getting into heavy traffic, working with equipment that does not suite your style, working your routine 8 hours a day for 5 days a week, getting your 2-day weekends and repeat the process.
Working at home has caught my attention mainly because of 2 factors:
Let me tell you what made me consider leaving my full time job as a supervisor in a BPO company and start working at home.
As I have come to realize after I started to become a dad, Time is of utmost importance. You will not be able to take back time, it is constantly moving forward and it goes by quick. It is indeed precious and ways to maximize your time should be top priority.
Hours consumed from commuting to and from the office is wasted time (unless you are doing something productive while at it). Idle time spent in the office just waiting for tasks, answering unnecessary emails, getting into unnecessary calls and prolonged meetings, etc. is another way to throw out time.
I have been an employee for almost 5 years. I can say that only about half of that time was spent to be productive. I do not discredit the time I spent with the companies I have been with and I am thankful that my present situation has let me clearly see these things now. Working at home takes away the waste of time I mentioned above. It gives you time freedom to be productive while spending it with the people you love at home. Having your own business, online work, etc. will be some of your ways to achieve this. It cannot give you the promise of sure salary on a monthly basis at first but with enough diligence and hard work, it eventually will.
You just need to be open to the opportunity, learn it and work on it as you would in an office.
Expenses are higher when you are working away from home. You have to pay for transportation to and from the office, car expenses go up with heavy traffic, ready food has to be bought from stores (instead of making them yourself), contributions for company events that do not interest you, etc. In line with these, savings are lower and investments are fewer. When you think of it, these expenses can be cut down significantly just by closing the distance between your workplace and your home. What more if you start working at home?
Money is important, too. If used wisely, it lets you enjoy little things in life. Things like taking your family out on vacation; buying stuff they need (a beautiful house, delicious home-cooked meals, etc.); getting something for your wife or something for your kids, etc. Working at home gives you the budget to do so. Being able to cut expenses from commuting to and from the office, for one, is a lot. Personally, it will cut my monthly expenses down by PHP5000! You will be able to increase your savings and investments. Cash can be used for training, personal equipment and more productive things for yourself instead of a company that you work for.
Again, all it will take is your openness to the opportunity and your willingness to pursue it.
Time and money are utterly important in life. Working at home is non-traditional, but it is one of the ways you can maximize both these things and build on the more important things in your life: Your relationships.