I've been working from home for the past 6 months, and it's really been an incredible experience. I had expectations coming into it, and so far I haven't been disappointed (I did read up on other people's experiences beforehand so I wouldn't be coming into this lifestyle change blindly). While I was fairly aware of what working from home would entail, there have definitely been some things I've encountered that aren't widely talked about...
- It can be extremely easy to get a little lazy and be tempted to push off big projects
- You'll get much more done in a quicker amount of time if you focus on single-tasking
- Music is a lifesaver when you're having trouble concentrating (turning the tv off and playing some Enya always helps me focus on writing)
- You have to be incredibly disciplined and have a lot of self-control - if you don't naturally, then you'll have to train yourself
- The amount of creative freedom you'll feel is really awesome
- You're probably going to meet people that think "working from home" means "laying on the couch all day watching tv" (if only that paid the bills, haha)
- Your utilities might be a little more expensive since you're not just living at home but also working there
- Every project you work on will become incredibly important, and you'll feel a stronger sense of pride for your work because being successful all depends on you
- You can literally set your office up anywhere you'd like - your bedroom floor, the couch, a local coffee shop, the park, a library, etc.
- No more worrying about if you can get certain days off work for holidays or vacations (and no need to call in sick!)
- It can be a great opportunity to become more independent
- You'll become very skilled with time management
- You get to avoid unpleasant work relationships and "power hungry" bosses
- Having a dedicated work space that is both inspiring and organized is extremely important
- Work will become your primary focus, so you'll start scheduling the weirdest things...like showers and hanging out with people IRL so you don't forget
If you've ever worked from home, what would you add to this list?