Digital Career Planning Getting to Know Yourself

Is Working From Home For You?

June 18, 2016
Is working from home for you? | lovettejam

Working from home — for many, it’s the ultimate dream job setting.  You can work right in the comfort of your own home.  You can travel anytime, anywhere without having to worry about missing work (and pay!). You can work on your own terms. Sounds wonderful, right?  But it is certainly isn’t all that fun.

Of course, like everything in life, there are advantages and disadvantages of having a digital career

 

Advantages of Working From Home

Flexibility

A digital career offers flexibility in terms of work hours, break time, location and even work settings like temperature, lighting, music, etc.  You have control over the setting that makes you more productive. You can even do other things you enjoy while working — music trip, eat and chat with your friends, and even travel!

working from home

TIP:  Maximize your time to earn more money. Know when you are most productive. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Flexibility allows you to take in part-time jobs and side projects.

 

Savings

Working from home helps you save on many hidden costs associated with going to work. No more commuting, wardrobe, childcare expenses to think about.

working from home

 

Better work/life balance

Less stress from traffic jam during rush hours, unfriendly co-workers, a suboptimal work environment means better health for those who work from home. With the flexibility of the work environment, it is easier to adjust your work hours to accommodate work/life balance.

working from home | work life balance

 

Disadvantages of working from home

It is not all fun and freedom when you choose to have an online career. There are some disadvantages too.

Distractions

Interruptions from children, work, neighbors, friends, and family may be very disruptive.  Special efforts must be made to make it known that you are actually working and unavailable for interruption within work hours.

working from home | distractions

 

 

Isolation

Working from home also means you will have limited persons to talk to. And this could mean no help or support from IT personnel, for example, when your computer breaks down.

working online | no IT support

 

Job security

Most of the online jobs offer project-based only. This means that your contract ends as soon as the project is completed.  Sometimes, clients will end your contract immediately with some lame reasons.

Also, there are usually no employment benefits when you are working online. Rarely do companies offer health insurance and retirement benefits. Options for voluntary contributions to SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-ibig are available though. 🙂

 

Scammed!

The internet can be a scary place. While there are tons of job opportunities, we can’t really eliminate the scammers. There have been countless stories that workers (including me!) didn’t receive the payment for completed projects. That was one lesson I learned the hard way.

work from home | scammed

 

Need for high self-discipline

It takes a lot of dedication, self-control, and discipline to motivate yourself to persevere in working at home alone over the long run without succumbing to the distractions and losing drive and momentum.

work from home | slack off

 

Before you quit your day job and jump into a digital career and work from home, weigh in the advantages and disadvantages. If you can figure out ways to work around the downsides, then working from home may be for you. If not, then maybe your personality is best suited to a traditional office work setup.

 


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  • Katrin Lou Lapeña

    This is so truuueee, Ate Jam! Before I knew how strict self-discipline is needed for online work, I almost drowned in my time-management skills. *cringe! I realized that having an 8h job in an office is waaaaay waaaaay easier! 😳😅

    • @katrinloulapea:disqus: Yesssss! It’s really not all fun and freedom when we choose to work at home. All the freedom can really be overwhelming! 😀

  • Pramod Jodhani

    I can totally relate all points with me. I’m currently freelancing from home, but what I think I really need is to go out to some good place where I can travel and work altogether.

    • Hi Pramod! Yes I agree. We just need to break the monotony sometimes. 🙂