You know that old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? Well, in my experience, the Pros and Cons of working from home can be looked at in the same way. What might be a Pro to one person can be a definite Con to another. The key is to understand what makes something a negative, and what you can do to turn it into a positive.
You are your own boss
Pro: When you work from home on the Internet you are your own boss. There’s nobody cracking the whip, breathing down your neck, telling you what to do every second of the day. You can eat lunch when you want to, take Friday off instead of Wednesday, and toss that alarm clock out with the trash.
Con: If you’ve always worked for someone else it can be quite an adjustment when you stop punching that clock. There’s always been someone telling you what to do and how to do it and there’s always been some type of structure to your day. In the beginning, for some, this freedom can be overwhelming. Instead of acting on all their plans some bloggers simply freeze up in fear. If this happens to you, set small, measurable, easy-to-achieve goals to help you gain confidence in yourself.
You own your own business
Pro: When you own your own business you can run it your way without having someone pooh-pooh your ideas all the time. If you feel daring and want to take a chance you don’t have to get permission from someone first. And if you have a blockbuster idea, it’s yours, you get the credit, you don’t have to sign it over to “The Company.” Of course, that also means you get the profits.
Con: Speaking of money… when you’re working from home on the Internet there’s no guaranteed paycheck on Friday. You don’t get paid sick days or holidays. You don’t get paid vacations or health insurance. You have to pay quarterly business taxes and take care of business paperwork and legal issues and … These issues are only “Cons”, though, if you’re not prepared. The paperwork and taxes and legalities will arrive on your desk gradually, as your online business grows. And there’s really no “guaranteed” paycheck with a J.O.B anymore, either. Better to build your own business so you’re not forced to rely on someone else.
You have more family time
Pro: When you’re working from home you’re definitely going to have more family time. You don’t have that commute back and forth to your job every day and you can plan your day to allow more time to be with your family. No more missing ballgames and recitals because you’re stuck at the office and no more begging the boss for time off.
Con: Just because you can spend more time with your family doesn’t mean you can spend less time working. If you’re going to replace that full-time income you were earning while you worked for someone else then you’re going to have to put in full-time hours with your own business. Yes, you can have more time with your family but you also can’t let them distract you from your goal.
You can work from anywhere in the world
Pro: Working from home on the Internet allows you to work from anywhere in the world – as long as you have an Internet connection. Honestly, in my opinion, this is one of the best benefits of all. You can live and work in any country, any city, in the world. Tired of Paris? Pick up and move to Hong Kong. Next stop – San Francisco!
Con: On the negative side of the coin, I find that every time I move I lose a few weeks of productivity. There’s the time you spend preparing for the move and the time you spend getting settled in at your new home. As long as you prepare ahead, though, and take care of your business, you’re going to love the freedom.
You can reach for the stars
Pro: When you own your own business you can literally take it in any direction you want. You don’t have to wait for approvals from six or eight different department heads, you can strike while the iron’s hot. And the more you learn about working online the more you realize that your potential is unlimited. You’re never going to hit the “top of the pay scale” or the “glass ceiling” or max out on benefits because you are the captain of your own ship.
Con: The idea that you can “Be All That You Can Be” looks good on a recruiting poster but to some it’s the most terrifying concept in the world. All those options. All those possibilities. You’ve never had all of these choices before, where do you start? You start with the first step, and you just keep taking one more. Everyone’s journey is different but they all start the very same way – with the very first step. If you trust in yourself enough to take that first step, you really can reach for the stars.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!