Here’s Why You Should Work from Home

why you should work from home

An Upcoming Trend

Working remotely has become quite a popular thing in recent times and there are in fact a shed load of benefits which range from financial to down to your physical and mental health.

The Pros

One of the major advantages of working remotely is the fact that you don’t need to commute which lets you have a bit more sleep everyday, trust me this works out to a lot by the end of the year, and it also saves you a lot of money as you could potentially get by without having any sort of personal transport.

Another advantage is that you are more likely to eat home cooked food and not pig out at lunch thereby spending more of your hard earned money and also potentially putting on a lot of weight. From my experience eating out at lunch in an office environment can become a slippery slope all too quickly, it seems very easy to be peer pressured into going out with your colleagues and having a good time and let me tell you now there is nothing wrong with that at all, however there is something wrong with it if it occurs on most business days and trust me it will.

The third advantage of working from home is that you can pretty much wear whatever you want all year round, instead of wasting time and effort trying to look good and impress someone you can just kick back and wear whatever feels comfortable.

Tax Deductions

Did you know that you can sometimes apply for certain tax deductions if you work from home? Technically speaking you can save money on taxes on any equipment you need to have to perform your everyday work, this often includes PC and other similar hardware.

You Could Get a Raise

If you can justify to your boss that you are saving the business money by working from home then perhaps you could argue that you are deserving of a slightly higher wage. Obviously if you are considering mentioning this then do not push it as you might just be told to get back to that office and leave your palace of solidarity.

No Need for Relocating

If your company expands or decreases in size then it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you if they want to relocate premise, however it matters not as you are working remotely and therefore no matter where your company goes, even if it across the globe you will be able to stay at home and perform to the same standard, isn’t the internet just wonderful.

Cons

Alright it’s now time to look at all of the disadvantages to you working remotely, yes there are actually downsides some of the time to this glorious opportunity.

Utility Costs Increases

This is not always a major con as it really depends on the type of person you are, however if you are the type of person who likes to stick their heating up all the way in the winter 24/7 and slam on the A/C during the summer then this might actually make quite a lot of difference to you.

This con can be pretty much negated as long as you are not going overboard with acclimatising yourself with utilities.

Setup Costs

Your company will not always give you money to set up your home office and so you may need to fork out a lump sum to get all of the equipment you will need to do everything at home to the same standard as if you were in an office.

No Social Networking

Again this is something which may be a disadvantage to some but an advantage to others, it really depends on the type of person you are. Some people are ok with having very little to no actual human contact on a day to day basis, however others thrive off it and it actually makes them work harder.

A bigger point to make is that you won’t necessarily get any chance to impress your boss in person or have a private chat with them if something is bothering you. You may also miss out on exciting things that could be happening in the company office.

Conclusion

I think for the most part working remotely makes a lot of sense for companies and employees as the advantages seem to outweigh the disadvantages, and really the cons are only in effect hugely if the employee has a particular type of personality that would make the cons of working remotely severe.

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