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Would You ­ Could You ­ Work From Home?

November 1, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

I am in the state of decision making. You know, that thing you have to do as a grown up that can change the course of things for you. The little decisions that can become big decisions. The big decisions that can turn into even bigger decisions.

Okay, I’m rambling.

I am considering a job that allows me to work from home. In fact, everyone who works for this particular company, works from home. It is a permanent, full time job with benefits. The pay is about the same (a little more, in fact) than what I’m making now, too.

The big thing is ­ do I want to work from home?

To be honest, I’m not sure.

I wrote out the positives and negatives. The negative is the isolation and the potential for stir crazy. Not to mention, I’d get sick of my apartment.

The positives? Well, no commute. I commute right now about an hour and forty five minutes to work all total each day. I’d be giving myself….nearly 9 to 10 hours more of my life back.

Also, no office politics. I deal with the regular back­biting, snarky, misunderstandings that go on
in the office day in and day out. Some days it makes me want to tear my hair out, other days I enjoy the comaradarie. This, by the way, inspires a lot of this blog’s content.

Other benefits? Creative energy. Working from home will alow me to relax a little bit and not feel the pressure of not doing enough for my job (right now I get a lot of pressure to work overtime and a lot of my coworkers work up to 45 to 50 hours a week). I can’t say I will ever be willing to devote that many hours to a company, because my real dream and goal is to write and be published. In terms of my career, that will come first. If I can get some of my creative energy back that I lost after taking my current job, I will be much happier.

Another downside that I forgot to mention ­ less exposure to potential guys to date. But here’s the thing, I’ve never dated someone from work. I got close once, but it sort of fell apart, and I really wanted to leave the company soon after. My lack of a dating life though may or may not be extremely affected by working from home because aside from going to work, I’m not really a social butterfly type of girl.

Oh, and another downside is lack of a reason to go shopping. The thing is though I don’t go shopping now because my credit sucks and I’m in debt. So, no real love lost there. The thing is though I may feel silly getting dressy to go sit in my bedroom.

Another downside is that the person I’m assisting right now at work has finally gotten comfortable with me and happy with my work for the first time since I started. She has struggled getting an assistant (went through four before me) and knows she can work with me. If I take this new job, I’ll be disappointing her. I know I shouldn’t make a decision based on whether or not I will make someone feel bad, but that is a factor I’m weighing here.

Another positive? Moveability. I’m a restless spirit and I hate the idea of staying in one place for any lengthy period. If I do have a work at home job, this will allow me to consider moving out of the state or city I’m in, without the worry of needing a job first.

To throw in one final positive, I think I’d like what I’d be doing there more than what I’m doing now. I’d be doing a job involving talking with customers throughout the day and I like that type of work. No, it isn’t the flashy title I have now, but I do love customer service related jobs and I’m good at it too.

With all of that swirling around in my head, I want to get feedback from you guys. Do you work from home or know someone who does? I’d love feedback and insight into this decision.


8 Comments »

  1. Jess says:

    OMG! DO IT!!!! Working from home is the best! Personally, I’m far more productive when I work from home and my employer gets a heck of a lot more out of me. The key is to set your office hours. When I work from home I am at my computer from 8:30 – 12, 30 min for lunch, and then back at the computer from 12:30 – 5. Of course I take little breaks and my lunch is really spent in the yard with the dogs.

    You will still have to deal with office politics because you will have other people on your team and there’s always somebody who needs drama to survive. And the dating thing? Ever hear the phrase “Don’t shit where you eat?”. Don’t. Also, don’t date guys that pick you up in a bar. Very few long term relationships come from either of these scenarios and all you’re left with is hiding in phone closets and conference rooms so he won’t see you. Oh, and you can never go back to that bar again.

    All that time you’ll get back by not commuting? Beauty sleep… time to exercise… time to blog! Worried about wearing your PJs and slippers all day? Those are for casual Fridays. Mon – Thurs you get up, eat, shower and get dressed in something nice yet comfortable. Don’t feel silly about getting dressed because that hot delivery guy is going to knock on the door sometime and at some point you’re going to need to dash out to run an errand. It’s good to be clean and prepared for life. Oh, and no TV in the office! You have work to do.

    Who cares about disappointing someone you work for who isn’t going to promote you or give you a raise at a company you don’t like. If she’s a good person and a friend she’ll be happy for you and, one day when you’re the boss, maybe *you* will hire *her*. You need to take care of yourself and your career.

    All of that said, WFH is not for everyone. It’s for me for sure. I’m an INTJ and I have aspergers so sitting in an office Mon – Fri, sometimes for 12 hours at a time, is how I know for certain that this earth is my hell. Environment is 95% of my job satisfaction so I want to be at home. With my dogs.

    Do it for me so I can WFH vicariously through you.

  2. Antoinette B says:

    Working from home is a wonderful opportunity that is very difficult to attain with most employers. There are downsides for sure, but in my humble opinion the positives far exceed the negatives. Going to work in your pajamas, a dream of mine I must admit. When I worked from home I found that I was far more productive, and that’s always a good thing. My sister who works in the health insurance industry has worked from home for the past 15 years. Her company has merged, been acquired, outsourced you name it! Despite all those changes she continues to work from home. Her productivity and satisfaction with her work environment are been the primary reason for her longevity.

  3. Jean says:

    Interesting idea! From a financial standpoint, working from home makes a lot of sense: no commute, money spent on business attire, lunch at home… you get the picture.

    But, there’s a responsibility for you to pursue sociability elsewhere. I have a job where I can work from home sometimes, so it’s nice, but the days back in the office is refreshing. If it was something I did everyday, I think I’d go nuts for human interaction.

    If you are going to do it, maybe try to keep a fuller social life, one where you try new activities? Or you make yourself do X amount of things outside the house at least once a day? This all depends on your preferences, but the isolation is a real hurdle for most people (including me).

    And the dating? Try online dating! A few of my single friends are doing it and getting better quality of men instead of the bar scene. Good luck 🙂 Let us know what you choose.
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  4. P.J. says:

    If I had the opportunity to work from home, I’d definitely do it. Especially if it would offer me the chance to move around a little without the need to find a job!
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