Working from home: Turning the downsides into the upsides

If you haven’t worked from home, it sounds like a dream job—“Work in my pajamas from the couch all day? Sign me up!”  For those of us who have worked from home, we know it’s not that simple.  It can be hard to concentrate, it can be lonely, and you don’t always have the support of a team behind you.

It can be stressful to have your work life and your personal life so closely intertwined, but if you look at it from a different perspective, the downsides of working from home really aren’t so bad.  Here’s why:

1.     You have to get out of bed.  This is true, but it’s hard to get out of bed when you have to go to the office too.  It’s much easier to do it when you know you get to come back for a mid-day nap.

2.     You miss out on your favorite morning talk show.  You look forward to the ridiculous antics of the morning talk show hosts on your way to work, but how hard is it to get out of the car mid joke? When you work from home, you don’t have to turn it off, and you might even have better luck winning the trip to Jamaica!

3.     You have to convert your second bedroom (aka your walk-in closet) to office space.  Most states let you write off your office space as a business expense, so you have more money to spend on that new pair of shoes.

4.     You can’t concentrate when there are dishes and laundry to do.  But your dishes and laundry get done, don’t they?

5.     You don’t get to interact with people all day. How much did you really miss Bill from accounting anyway?  Plus coffee shops have better coffee than the office brew.

While working from home can be tough, just remember that you get an extra hour of sleep cutting out that commute!

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