Working at Home – What you need to know.

More and more businesses are seeing the benefits of letting employees work at home. When you call for customer service, you might be talking with someone in a massive call center, or someone sitting at their kitchen table.  Many businesses are seeing improved moral and performance when allowing people to work from home. Some positions are created with full time work at home in mind. Here are a few of the benefits and pitfalls of working from home. See which is right for you.

Work at home benefits.

Flexibility. Work from home gives you amazing flexibility. You can run that errand you needed to do or throw in a load of wash on your time off work.

Saves time. Instead of spending your time on the highway or the train, you can be at your desk ready to work within seconds. As soon as you’re done working and shut down your computer, you are free to start your night!

Better productivity.  You’ll find you get a lot more done working from home. There is much less of the water cooler talk and far less useless meetings. You’re able to focus on your task at hand and get things done. Which could lead to better performance reviews and job satisfaction.

You can work for any company, from anywhere.  The days of looking for work only in your area are a thing of the past. With so many work at home opportunities coming up, now we can work for any company from your home, not just commuting distance.

Work at home pitfalls:

Poor communications and feeling out of the loop. When you’re not in the office to hear what the buzz is, you can start to feel disconnected from the company. They can be difficult to miss out on those impromptu brainstorming sessions that happen at the office.

Hard for others to see the work you put in.  Since you are working very independently, others might think you’re not working hard. And you also don’t get that daily face time with your manager. So it’s very important to take advantage of any face-to-face interactions that are available.

Motivation and discipline.  The hardest part about working from home is all the potential distractions. You need to make sure that you have a dedicated and quiet space. So you don’t have kids and dogs bothering you, the temptation to start house projects, or just kick back for a while.  Always pretend like your coworkers can see you work, and that will keep you on task.

Technology.  The key to successfully working from home is having an amazing connection with the outside world. So if you have that old clunky laptop, or slow Internet connection, you’re going to have a very difficult time.  Always ask your hiring manager what the minimum requirements are for people working from home and make sure you exceeded it.

As you can see there’s a lot of great benefits of working at home and also some potential pitfalls. Which one do you think fits you better? Good luck and go get that Hot Job!