One of the reasons I started by business was the ability to work from home. It provides the best opportunity for flexibility and means that I can work whenever I want to. If you’re considering taking the plunge from office to home, here are six reasons why I think it’s worth the change.
Music is a great way to relax or the perfect antidote to getting the creative juices flowing! Whilst my family has a reasonably similar taste in music, it’s always great to be able to put on what I want to listen to, when I want to. That means if I need an hour or so of silence to punch out a few blogs that’s ok. But if I need to crank the volume up on a little bit of Kylie, I can do that too!
Take a break whenever I need to
No need to tag team with someone else to make sure the phones or front desk are covered, or to fit in with the office coffee run. I can stop and recharge whenever I’m ready.
Chance to multitask
There’s nothing easier than putting on a load of washing whilst writing a newsletter or have dinner in the oven cooking whilst you’re catching up on the book keeping. I love the fact that I don’t have to wait to do these things until I get home late in the evening.
A word of warning though - distractions are rife at home and can lead to procrastination!
Caring for sick ones is easier
As I write this my eight year old daughter is laying in her bed napping, trying to fight off a tummy bug. My ten year old son was a little worried as he left for school, as he was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get any work done today. Bless him. I told him this is just one of the many reasons why I love working from home. I have the flexibility to care for sick children and still get some work accomplished. It may not be the most productive of days, but I feel relieved that I don’t have to be torn with guilt about not being at the office.
Do the groceries in my lunch break
A ten minute walk to the shops not only means I have the opportunity to pick up a few essential items, but it allows me to clear my head, grab some fresh air and feel ready to face the rest of the working day. I can even do the groceries online whilst munching on my sandwich!
Working from home doesn’t just mean working from home. If the noise from the renovation next door gets beyond annoying (yes, this is my reality right now) then I can grab my laptop and head out to find a quieter spot. Often it is at my favourite café, but the park and library have also been great options.
Whilst setting up your laptop from home can be fraught with distractions like the cookie jar and daytime TV, it’s a fabulously flexible way to operate that has many benefits for you and your family.