The Pros and Cons of Working Virtually
Let’s face it – working from home is great! Not having to participate in the morning commute or worrying about wardrobe is a huge time and stress saver. But this lack of commitment may lead to a lack of discipline. And whereas one person sees an advantage, another sees a disadvantage. That said, here are some pros and cons of working virtually.
- Your Office Is Your Temple
Your whole house is your office. So it may seem at first. This is great because you can coordinate healthier lunches that don’t need to be packed. You also don’t have to share a public restroom. Those with families know that their house is not entirely to their disposal. Kids have the day off from school with their personal belongings cluttered on the floor.
- Less Dry Cleaning
Not having to wear professional attire every day cuts down on dry cleaning costs. Not everyone who works from home dresses down; some do get dressed for work probably because they enjoy the sense of routine. There may be days where you have to meet clients in-person, but not having to do it regularly saves a significant amount of time and money.
- Set Your Schedule
If you liked to go in and get things done early, nobody is stopping you. You’re home, you can wake up close to 9 a.m. and get to work. Perhaps you’re a late riser.
- Network Issues
If your internet is down, it becomes a company problem because you have become unproductive. Working in a virtual office, your network connection is like your artery. This can make or break your work day, but you are held accountable.
Unless your company reimburses you for utilities, your electric bill and other household bills are your responsibility. Small business owners will be able to write off some utility usage in their taxes but working from home for a company will entail that you pay for your bills. The tradeoff is that you have no commuting tolls, train fare, or filling up the tank for your car.
- Your Schedule
It is difficult to separate your work life from your home life. When a business call or email comes in during non-working hours, you automatically answer those calls or respond to emails, thereby, inadvertently working more hours. Turning off your computer helps with this transition.
Yes, you are responsible for a lot more in your home office. But on inclement weather days, you will happy you are home.
Patrick Coughlin is a Senior Marketing Analyst at Consultants 2 Go.