A lot of people I know dream of working from home. There are so many advantages, especially for mothers who have young children to raise or a family to take care of. I’m single, I live alone, and there’s nothing that prevents me from taking on a brick and mortar job with my skills, but I prefer to freelance just the same.
Why? Here are some of my reasons:
Working from home is flexible. I live in the suburbs, and to go to the city, I have to spend a lot of time and money in commuting. When I did the math, I realized that I was spending more than I was earning, so I quit.
With regards to time, I’m also more effective working at night, and this is something that I couldn’t do when I was still with the NGO I worked for. With my lifestyle, freelancing and working from home seemed the best option for me.
I can travel to my heart’s content and still have a job (or two). Working from home doesn’t mean you have to be really at home to work. When I backpacked solo for 70 days in Europe, my “office” ranged from a 15th-century courtyard in Firenze, Italy and a small outdoors table overlooking the caldera in Santorini, Greece to a lovely apartment in the center of Budapest, Hungary. If visa permitted, I could travel the whole year round without ever losing my job!
It pays a lot more than a local job. When I worked for a local organization, I was paid in local rates. With freelancing however, my reach just got wider. I had clients from the United States, Australia, and all over Europe. They paid (and are paying) my asking rate, which is definitely much more than my local rate.
Other people chose to work from home because of other reasons, too, including:
- Family obligation. When you have young kids, it’s definitely more satisfying (I think) to take care of them personally and see them grow up. When you work from home, you can do this and still earn.
- Health issues. If you have mobility issues, it can be very difficult to go to a brick and mortar job. If you’re working from home, that will solve a lot of problems. It also applies if you have vision problems, have a physical handicap, and other medical concerns.
- Lack of local jobs. In some countries, the economic recession has affected a lot of people leading to high unemployment rate. By freelancing and working from home, you get to have a bigger network from which you can source jobs.
There are many other advantages to working from home, and if you already do, I’m sure you have your reasons too.There are a lot of disadvantages as well, which we can tackle in the next post.
How about you? What are your reasons for wanting to work from home?