You may be like many people and wondering if you would rather work remotely or if you prefer the separation of work and home that going into the office provides. There are, undoubtedly pros and cons to both scenarios. However, there are some positives that you might not have thought of or considered as deeply before now.
The first perk of working from home is obvious but actually may not be so obvious: you get to stay at home. Being able to work from home is actually an opportunity that some people just do not have, so the option alone is a perk of the field that you work in. Additionally, you get to stay in your home which is a place of comfort. The opportunity to earn money from the comfort of your own home is something previous generations would not have imagined. As long as you have a cell phone with a reliable network, say with Boost Mobile, and a computer with internet access, you are able to stay home and earn money. Previously being home meant not earning money.
And since you are staying home, you no longer need to factor a commute into your morning or afternoon schedule. This means several things. First, it will save money that used to be used on transportation. It also means that the time that you previously needed to a lot to get to and from work is no longer taken up by that commute. You literally get time back in your day. Who would have thought that was possible?
No Dress Code
Working from home will save you money in another way: your clothes. Not going into the office means that you will, at least, be able to dress in business casual--and maybe in whatever you want if no one will have to see you in a video chat. You will not need to purchase office attire as often by not going into the office. And, face it, being able to possibly earn a wage while sitting at a desk at home in your pajamas is super appealing.
There is also a level of freedom that you will definitely feel by working from home. Although you may not technically be your own boss, you will not a physical, authoritative presence to contend with each day that you are working. This is not to say that you have to have a terrible boss for this to feel like a benefit. Even good bosses create pressure with their presence which is nice to do without some days. You will not have to worry about when to take your break or when to take your lunch or feel guilty for wanting to continue through your first break because you are in a groove while other people leave to take their break. Essentially, working from home removes a lot of the social stresses that exists while working in the office, whether that is from a superior or peers.
No Rigid Schedule
Another perk of working from home is flexibility. This may not be true for all careers, but oftentimes, if you are able to work from home, you are also able to work a flexible schedule. You may be an early bird and start your workday before six o'clock, or you may be a night owl and want to wait until eight or nine to start your day. If you are able to work from home you might be able to take advantage of this type of flexibility as well.
Working from home is a great opportunity. Discipline and commitment to your job are definitely required in order to successfully work from home. However, what it requires of you is far less than what it has to offer. If you have the opportunity to work from home but are unsure if it is for you, perhaps you can do it on a trial basis before deciding. The benefits make it worth trying.