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.