Some will say working at home is the best thing they've ever done. Some will say that they would rather go out of the home to work. Everyone has their own preference. Some can tolerate commuting back and forth to their job, but others cannot bear the thought of it.
Some people who have been home with their children for a long time would most likely enjoy working at home since they are used to being home and having the kids there all day. Some people need to get out to work for that little break from the kids and being stuck in the house. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed with all that needs to be done at home. The kids running around yelling and playing can be distracting.
Some will say they’d rather not have their kids in a daycare or with a babysitter. They may also say that it would be too difficult to keep up with the kids, housework, and a job out of the home. If this is the case, a work at home business is perfect. Work can be done before the kids get up in the morning, when they go down for a nap or they’re in school and at the end of the day when they are sleeping. Taking a break from work will give some time to do any house work or laundry that needs to be done.
More pros of a work at home business are no bosses to report to or deadlines to meet. A schedule can be made to fit the need of the family. There is no commute to get back and forth to work. No snow or rain to drive in either. Money is saved on fuel and food. There is also more free time to spend with the family or doing things that a person enjoys. There is no rushing around after work trying to get things done and dinner made and the kids to bed. It will already have been done during the day.
Some of the cons include difficulty in concentrating when everyone is around. Some may be easily distracted and frequently interrupted. This is understandable though, if there is only one parent home. The kids need things , especially when they are younger. Because of this some may find they stay up too late doing the things that require full attention. It can be easy to say “oh I'll do that later" since there are no deadlines or a boss to report to. Keeping motivated may be difficult because there is no one there to edge the person on. Therefore, it can be easy to slack off.
If the person doesn’t have their own office it can be difficult to have the quiet that is required. Doing as much as possible during the day that doesn't require a lot of thinking or concentration may be a solution. Save the other stuff for when the kids go to sleep. Even if there is an office, the kids may be at the door demanding this or that. This is when a strict schedule and rules need to be enforced.
Some people require adult conversation. Not being around other people besides kids can really cause a person to go stir crazy. That's why it's important to get out sometimes. Go to dinner and a movie with your spouse, lunch with friends or even just a walk to clear your head of all the demands of the kids. Some may rather quiet and to be by their self sometimes.
These are some of the pros and cons of a work at home business. Some may agree with these and some may not. Everyone has there own tolerance and preference. Weighing these and making the decision that fits one’s family is a great way to decide if working at home is best or if going out of the home to work is best.
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