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Posted by Valencia on February 26th, 2008

work21.jpgMore and more people have made the decision to fire their bosses and take control of their life. Working from home has its dark days. However, the joys and benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks. Aside from freedom, flexibility, and increased income, there are numerous reasons why everyone should at least explore the idea of starting their own business and working from home.

Here is my top 10 list of reasons to work from home.

  • Freedom to Be Picky: When you work for someone else, they call the shots. Regardless of whether you enjoy the assignment, it has to get done…period. But when you’re the boss, you can pick and choose your jobs.
  • No More Business Suits: Personally, I don’t like working in my pajamas. However, if you like the idea of waking up and going straight into your home office - I say go for it!
  • No More Drama: Sometimes, the workplace can become so “high school-ish.” You got your exclusive cliques in one corner, and the gossipers in the other. Plus, there’s always that one person who wants to make your life miserable.

  • Shorter Commute: If you live in a big city, or even a semi-heavily populated area, you probably have a 30 - 40 minute commute in the morning and afternoon. Have you checked gas prices lately??? Think of how much money you’ll save walking from the bedroom to your home office.
  • No Coffee or Lunch Stops: Commuters tend to spend more money on extras such as coffee and lunches. Become a work at home professional and brew your own coffee and eat leftovers for lunch. Of course, this option is also available to commuters. Then again, office coffee isn’t the best, and most people need a change of scenery.
  • More Time for Family: If you have children and work full-time, you likely spend between three and four hours of quality time with them each day. Of course, the bulk of this time is spent getting them ready in the mornings, driving in rush hour traffic, helping with homework, preparing dinner, cleaning up after dinner, and getting them ready for bed.
  • More Time for Self: Parents who work full-time rarely have time for themselves. Each work day is spent caring for someone else’s needs - be it children or employer. It’s no surprise that some people experience mental meltdowns. Since freelancers can normally match their previous income in less time, a work from home career equals more time for hobbies, relaxation, work-outs, and so much more.
  • Reduce Stress: Juggling family and employment isn’t easy. If you’re always tired, irritable, or suffer from frequent headaches, your job might be the culprit.
  • Save Money on Childcare: The average child care provider charges $130 per week/per child. That’s approximately $520 a month - per child! Even if your work at home business doesn’t match your previous income, you can potentially save more than $500 a month.
  • Aren’t Confined to a Desk: Whether you work in a cubicle or enjoy a corner office with a gorgeous view, employers don’t normally let employees float around the office. You’re given a work location, and this is where you’re expected to be. Thanks to laptops and wireless Internet connections, work at home professionals can work anywhere - home office, bedroom, living, patio, etc.

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Everyone should have the freedom to decide when and where to do their work. As long as the work gets done, adults should be able to make these decisions.

The only thing is that when people do decide to experiment with different ways of working, the people who decide not to can’t judge them. You know what we’re talking about:

“Did you hear Jane is doing that ‘work from home’ thing? You know she’s just watching Oprah and doing her laundry.”

“Maybe we should give Jack the promotion…I just don’t know how dedicated Steve is, given that he works from home most days.”

We call this language SLUDGE because it’s so gross, toxic, and icky - we don’t want it anywhere near us!

Start experimenting!

Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson
Creators of the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE)
Authors of the forthcoming book “Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It”

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