Even though I started Speak Social nearly 3 years I haven’t had an office job for nearly 8 years. When my older two kids started primary school they started needing me more and I knew I wanted the flexibility to be able to be there for their sport events and other related activities. I know it is not always possible to work from home but if the opportunity presents itself, take it. It is possible to still work and generate a good income from home. Depending on what work you do, you can also still get a lot of interaction with colleagues, partners or other people working from home.
Financially we have been through some really tough times but going back to a 9-5 was not an option for me, so I make it work.
- There is never traffic!! My biggest obstacle getting to my office is toys left on the floor.
- I can sleep in if I feel like it. No one is checking that I am at my desk at exactly 8h00 and it takes me a few seconds to walk to my desk, so I can sleep until just before 8h00.
- I can work in my pjs. This is the best in winter! I get to stay warm in my onesie and no one can report me to HR :-p
- I don’t feel bad going to watch my kids play sport or picking them up early if they are sick.
- This may just be me, but I don’t have to make small talk with colleagues.
- If I want to play my music loud or keep the TV going in the background, there is no one to tell me to turn it down.
- I can work from bed. I don’t often do this, its not particularly comfortable for me but I can do it if I want to.
- You can save money. Obviously this depends on the type of industry you are in and what you do but no traffic means I use less petrol, there is less wear and tear on my car. When I do have meetings I try to be smart about it and organise meetings close together on one day, rather than a meeting every day in a different place. I don’t have to put the kids in after care, between David, my mother in law and I we manage the afternoons.
- Taking leave doesn’t require a leave form, months of notice and juggling with other employees. I can plan my work load and take leave without asking anyone for approval.
- And finally, there is always good coffee in my mug.
What is your favourite thing about working from home?