For the past couple of years I have been working full-time in an office job. I was pulling long and stressful days with a hefty commute. Saying I was tired is an understatement. However, I decided this was no longer for me and I decided to make a change. For the past month or so, I have been working as a freelancer from home and I have to say.. I am loving it. There are definitely pros and cons to both working environments and I don’t know how long I will keep doing this for but right now, it is exactly what I need.
EVERY DAY IS CASUAL FRIDAY
A big perk to working from home is that I don’t have to care what I look like. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing nice clothes and looking my best but I feel like it is a different story when it comes to work. I would rather be comfortable and not have to worry about putting make-up on and styling my hair in the early hours of the day. Pyjamas, jumpers and blankets are my current go-tos and it is.. perfect.
Working somewhere where there are fluffy animals to cuddle is just the dream, right? It makes me feel so happy and content, especially if I am having a bad day. However, it can definitely be distracting when they are crying for food and attention when you are in the middle of a busy working day.
MY OWN SPACE
I love being around people but… not all the time. I value my space and having time to process my thoughts and ideas without the distraction of other people. I hate it when you are in a working environment that is consumed by other people’s stress and annoying habits… it does nothing but leave me stressed too… which is the most unproductive atmosphere, in my opinion. However, as much as I love my own space, you can definitely have too much of it. When I haven’t spoken to somebody for a long amount of time you will probably catch me talking to myself… or my cats.
CHOICE OF MUSIC
Being able to choose my own music to play while I work is amazing. I hate working in silence and I think music can definitely influence my mood but the wrong song choice can make a massive difference to my concentration and motivation. I tend to go for uplifting music such as the La La Land soundtrack or something instrumental. However, picking songs that are too lively will definitely result in me getting carried away with a solo and dance.
Being able to cook whatever you want without having to pay ridiculous prices is such a money saver and I can create healthier snacks without having to bring my entire kitchen with me to work. Having lunch at home also gives me a chance to get on with errands and chores, which is a lifesaver when I just want to chill in the evenings without worrying about my endless to-do list. However, with a kitchen full of food it can definitely be tempting to snack on way too much chocolate throughout the day.
DON’T WORK WHERE YOU RELAX
I have found that it is so important to create a little workspace, so that you only associate that area in your home, for working. If I ever try working somewhere that I often relax and watch films, I find it so difficult to motivate myself.
BEING YOUR OWN ACCOUNTANT
Something I am still trying to get my head around is all of the admin that comes with freelancing such as, sending off invoices and paying my own taxes. When you haven’t done this before it can definitely be confusing and you will most likely need some advice from somebody else who is self-employed.
NO HORRENDOUS COMMUTE
Another time saver is not having to go through a horrible commute to work. It used to take me up to two hours to get to my old job because of horrendous traffic which left me feeling agitated before the working day had even begun. Now that I have extra time in the mornings and evenings I feel so much more relaxed and well-rested. It also feels amazing to be able to get up twenty minutes before I have to stroll downstairs to begin my working day.
Something that I think most people would agree on with working from home is that, it can be pretty hard to motivate yourself. I personally find it a lot easier to get work done without somebody breathing down my neck and adding pressure onto me but it is easy to get into bad habits. I think routine is key. The moment I feel myself slipping out of a routine and entering a lazy frame of mind I have to kick myself up the arse and get a strong coffee. It is hard work to stay on track without somebody there keeping an eye on you but if this environment is better for you, it is definitely worth it.
Working from home definitely isn’t for everybody but after struggling through a very hectic schedule for the past few years… it is doing me the world of good for now. My attitude towards it may change in the near future and I might decide another office job is the next step for me.. but at the moment I am taking full advantage of these amazing perks!