Entrepreneurs and small business owners often consider working from home, but decide against it because they worry it will affect their productivity. Here at Conversational, we’re big supporters of working from home.
We’ve worked with hundreds of small businesses and startups that operate remotely, and during that time, we’ve found that there are some clear benefits to having a home office instead of leasing commercial property.
Consider these 8 reasons you should absolutely work from home!
Why you should work from home
1. Balance your personal and professional life
Working from home will give you the ability to be more present at home. If you have kids, you’ll find yourself able to carve out more time to spend with them when you’re working from a home office. And no more picking up fast food for dinner at 9pm (okay, maybe you’ll still do that sometimes).
Being at home instead of in an office can encourage you to keep your time balanced between your personal and professional life.
2. Control your schedule
You’ll have better control over your schedule once you begin working from home. It will be a little easier to keep your house in order because you decide when you take your breaks, what time you start work, and what time to stop for the day.
You can set your work schedule work around your other responsibilities. Have a doctor’s appointment? Plan ahead and schedule around it. Want to go for a relaxing walk? You got it.
3. Say goodbye to your commute
Let’s take a moment to
mourn celebrate the death of your morning and evening commute. Working from home means you’re exempt from the bumper-to-bumper traffic, hour-long drives, and general stress of commuting to and from work each day.
When you work from home, you can start work as soon as you’re ready instead of driving an hour to the office.
4. Save money
Working from home saves you money. Gas and vehicle wear and tear are a necessary part of commuting to work, and Americans spend an average of $386/month on gas alone. Add to that your morning stop for coffee or fast food breakfast, and you’re losing a lot of money.
When you work from home, you can eat more meals at home, put fewer miles on your car, and save nearly $400 a month on gas. Win, win, win.
5. Reap the tax benefits
If nothing so far has convinced you to work from home, the home business tax deductions probably will. You can write off your business equipment, supplies, and the portion of your home and car used specifically for your home business. That includes a portion of your utility bills!
6. Wear what you want
We’re not suggesting you work in an old tank top and boxers (though that’s totally up to you), but working from home makes it possible to finally wear what you want to work. Be comfortable, be wild, be business casual–whatever you feel you work best in, wear it. There are no dress codes at your home office!
One of our home-based business clients was having a Skype meeting with a new partner. He put on a button-down shirt and jacket, but was sitting in his underwear for the call since the partner would only see from his shoulders up.
At one point, he needed to grab a paper from the counter and forgot about his mismatched wardrobe. He exposed his “outfit” to the partner when he got up and walked to the counter. Luckily, his partner found it hilarious and not offensive. Moral of the story: Wear what you want, but don’t do meetings in your underwear!
7. More job satisfaction
You’ll be more satisfied with your job and the work you’re doing when you work from home. Studies have repeatedly shown that job satisfaction is highest among remote workers. This doesn’t only include entrepreneurs and business owners, but also freelancers, contractors, and full-time employees.
8. Build your skill set
When you’re in control of your schedule, you can easily make time to build your skill set. Learn to code, take an online course, study Mailchimp, or learn about web design. Look for skills that would strengthen your existing skill set and directly translate into value for your small business.