It’s definitely a bit more stressful when you’re working for yourself. You’re sure to have tons of doubts and fears about your decision. But, there’s a lot of perks that come from working at home as well. Today’s experts share their favorite perks of working from home. Feel free to add yours in the comments.
Michael Sick, from Sick Performance Concepts, LLC has a delightful and delicious sounding perk, right outside his office door!
“Being in control of one’s work environment is something that is easier done when you work from home. Not only can I control the sound level, but also the temperature and quality of the air. Outside my office sliding door, I have a succulent garden with over 100 succulents cleaning my air and enriching my brain with massive doses of oxygen! An additional perk is that I can enjoy home grown tomatoes and peppers in a healthy salad picked from my garden. It is January in San Diego and I am still harvesting lunch!”
Varda Meyers Epstein of Kars4Kids has a down-to-earth set of perks on her list!
- I don’t have to get dressed. No one cares if I stay in my jammies and fuzzy slippers. No knows that I’m having a bad hair day.
- I don’t have to go out in bad weather.
- I can eat whatever I like, whenever I like and I don’t have to share!
Ian Wright from British Business Energy enjoys the following perks! Can’t say that I blame him.
- No commute! This is by far the biggest one for me since I used to commute an hour and a half each way everyday.
- Better productivity. It’s amazing how much more I’m able to get done at home without co-workers interrupting me every hour and no more pointless meetings..
- Spend more time with my family. I have a young daughter and since I started working at home I’ve been able to see far more of her.
Lauren Milligan, Founder & CEO and Career Advancement Coach at ResuMAYDAY thoroughly enjoys these perks!
- No coworkers trying to sell girl scout cookies, gift wrap, coupon books or other fundraisers.
- More autonomy in being able to pick and choose networking events and associations.
- Working effectively and productively around your own preferred working style. For example, I work best when the tv or radio is on in the background, otherwise, my mind wanders. Not only is that possible, but I also get to pick what it is I’m listening to.
Slavik Boyechko from Gear Dads definitely has his priorities straight! Look at his favorite perks of working from home!
- Fresh fried egg sandwiches any time of the day.
- Can work late or early morning, depending on the mood.
- Being around my kids pretty much all the time, despite the challenges of scheduling work time.
Jon Umstead from Business is Art finds creativity (and the opportunity to belt out some tunes) while working from home!
- I am more creative without the interruptions of an office environment.
- My job as a consultant has no defined hours, so working from home allows the flexibility to work when it makes sense to do so and take care of personal life when needed.
- I get to turn up Sirius/XM’s The Spectrum channel and sing along as loud as I like while I work – unless I am on a conference call or web meeting.
My favorite part of working at home is being able to do what I want, when I want, and how I want. I set my own schedule and my own rules.I can sleep in or nap, or both. I can take a long lunch break, and as many coffee breaks as I want. Which is not to say I can be a slacker, but I’m in total control of all aspects of my work.
I don’t have to go out when the weather is bad. I can take care of errands during a time there is less traffic and crowds. I have the flexibility to take care of things the family needs.
There are financial perks as well. Working outside the home costs money. Further, working at home can bring tax advantages you don’t get working at a traditional job.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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