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The Pros and Cons of Working From Home

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 16 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Working from home running your crafts business can work out very well, but like many business decisions, there are both pros and cons involved. Here we highlight the positives and negatives of running a crafts business from home.

There are a lot of issues involved with working from home, not least involving balancing your home and working life. Running a crafts business from home can certainly be achieved, but you do need a degree of motivation, efficiency and organisation in order for everything to run smoothly.

The Pros of Working From Home

Not having to commute or travel. Not having to brace the elements every day, or commute via road or train to work is one of the big benefits of working from home. A lot of time at the beginning and end of the day can be saved and put to much better use.

Flexibility. For many people, working from home gives them increased flexibility. If you need time out to take the children to school or for the occasional appointment, you can be flexible and work around your needs.

Setting your own hours. Working from home and running your own business gives you the ability to set your own working hours. So if you’re an early bird, you can be at your desk as soon as you want to be, or work later in the evening if you wish to.

Less overheads. One great advantage of working from home is that you’ll have fewer overheads to take care of. Whilst it is a good idea to pay a percentage towards heating and lighting costs, you won’t be paying rent on a business premises and this can help save you money in the early stages of setting up a business.

You can work in the environment you desire. Working from home means that you have control over your environment. So if you want to listen to your favourite music, have the radio on whilst you work or even sit in the comfort of your living room once in a while, then you can.

The Cons of Working From Home

Distractions. For some people, working from home does bring with it some extra distractions that don’t occur in an office situation. For example, you may get distracted by thinking you should put the washing on, prepare ingredients for a meal later on, watch a quick bit of TV or make social phone calls. The occasional distraction is understandable, but to avoid them all the time, you have to learn to be disciplined and stick to working.

Temptation to keep working. It’s not unusual for there to be a certain degree of temptation to keep going back to work, even when it’s the weekend or an evening and you should be spending time relaxing or being with the rest of the family. It’s all to easy to say you’ll just pop up to your office for five minutes, or just want to check your email, but once you’re at your desk, time has an ability to fly. So do try and make a conscious effort to give yourself plenty of time off to relax and enjoy non-work activities.

Other people not respecting the fact that you’re working. It’s a sad but true fact that other people don’t always understand that working from home doesn’t mean that you’re free for them to call in and have constant cups of tea with. If you don’t want interruptions from other people, you need to make your boundaries clear from the start – and stick to them.

Only having yourself to blame for the state of your home office. Unlike working in an outside office, it’s up to you to keep your home office clean, tidy and organised. So this means taking time to keep on top of all the filing each week and make sure dust and grime is cleaned. A minor hardship, but one that’s easily overcome.

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