Is Working at Home for You?

Nowadays, more and more people opt to work at home. While many find it a lot more convenient, especially for moms like me, to work at home, there is a possibility that working at home may not be for you. Here are things to consider when working at home.

1. Are you ok with less social interaction? 
When you are working office based, you interact with so many people from the moment you step out of your door to traveling to work if you’re commuting until you go back home. If you work at home, you will most likely not experience those anymore. Most of your social interaction will now be with your neighbors and family. If you are ok with that, then working at home would be good for you.

2. Can you work with minimal supervision? 
Clients want reliable employees. They don’t have all the time in the world to monitor your work performance so you have to be able to work with little to no minimal supervision. If you think you qualify for that, then you can work from home.

3. Can you focus on your job while working at home? 
In most cases, especially for moms like me, you will have a crying child to take care, a husband calling you asking for help, and a messy house waiting for you to log out, lol! Can you handle all these distractions while working for your client? How do you deal with it? If you can easily manage the demands of your attention at home, you should be fine working at home. My simple tip though is to have your own work space, away from all these distractions. It can be a small room or a quiet nook.

4. Can you be your own HR? 
If you work at home, then there’s no Human Resource department that can help you out. Are you able to take care of your contributions like SSS, Philhealth, PAG-IBIG and other contributions? The most likely have different due dates that you need to be mindful of. If you can take care of those without any problems, then you will not have difficulties working-at-home when it comes to voluntary contributions.

5. Are you able to meet deadlines?
Most freelance jobs have deadlines and not being able to complete your assignment on time can be a mark down on your client. Chances are, you will lose the job or you won’t have a chance on the next project. Can you handle deadlines without any problems at all? Then working at home is for you!

6. Are you OK with no leave credits or holiday pays?
13th-month pay, paid vacation and sick leaves are among the perks that one gets from working in corporate offices. Most online jobs do not offer these, will that be OK with you? Although, keep in mind that there are many generous clients who happily give holiday bonuses to their virtual employees. However, you can’t expect from that. Most freelance works are “no-work-no-pay” basis. If you don’t see any problem with that, you should be OK with working at home.

Working at home has its own pros and cons. If you are considering becoming one, these questions can help you remember what to keep in mind when working at home.

21 Replies to “Is Working at Home for You?”

  1. I sometimes work at home. #3 is probably the hardest part. =) There are really things to consider when working at home that other moms don't realize, but it's worth it being with your kids during their foundation years. =)

  2. That's right! Others think working at home is easy but it has its own pros and cons as well. You just have to weigh your options. But yes, for moms like us, more time with the kids is best. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I agree that working at home is not really easy. Naisip ko din lahat ng cons e and for sure there will be a big adjustment. Now, I consider staying at home but I would prefer na having my own business or working part time for extra income rather having another full time work. Para talagang mahawakan ko oras ko.

  4. I've been working at home for the past eight years since I became a mom. It's not the easiest job as some people would think, and the income isn't regular, but I certainly can't imagine myself going back to an office job at this point in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Right after I graduated in college, I worked in a BPO company and sad to say medyo nahirapan ako dun. Then I decided to just work at home nlng.. and it worked for me! Been a working-at-home-mom for like 10 years na. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I tried working at home but it did not last. Ang hirap ibalance yung chores, pag-alaga ng anak and yung deadlines. And because of that, I have less time with my son, naawa naman ko at kami na nga lang sa bahay, hindi ko pa nalalaro. Gusto ko if ever magwork, yung part time lang, while my son is in school. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Yes it is for me! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜›

    I've been working online since June of 2008! I had the serious case of separation anxiety back then as I've only given birth to my son a few months earlier (Feb), I was a writer for a local magazine then so I had to leave that job and then I began as a freelance writer and today I'm still freelancing as a writer and I'm a full time VA as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. yes, working at home is for me too I guess weekend and 2 hours every weekdays.. aside from my regular salary working in a government agency I love the extra income I gained from online task. mostly article writing, paid posting

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