Benefits are Defined By Your Reasons
When talking about
the benefits of working from home, we also need to discuss your
reasons for working from home. In fact, without
something to motivate you to step out of the box, you probably
So, why are
so many people deciding to work out of their home? In many cases,
there may be multiple incentives.
In the following list of most common reasons people go the home
working route, there's a good chance many home-based workers would
say they were motivated by more than one of the reasons.
reasons why a few million people chose to work from home:
of the commute to work, especially in big cities
to have at least one parent home with young children rather than
letting someone else raise the kids
care was too expensive, didn't make working outside the home very
or would be losing their job because of corporate downsizing or
was a better alternative than working for someone else
they could make more money by working from home
people looking over their shoulder was annoying, much more
productive working when not being "watched" (by
do something for a living that they enjoy, such as making use of a
special skill (writing?) or turning a hobby into a business
These are all good
incentives for working from home, and it's likely that one or more
of them applied to you. There may even be a few more that I didn't
Though the above
reasons are usually the motivation for making the change in work
location, there can also be other reasons that will spur the
desire to work from home, mostly due to your own individual
You may have read in
Previous Experience about our own personal challenges. After
my wife began experiencing fainting spells, I found it difficult
to balance my personal life with my career. I couldn't just leave
my wife alone, to lay there with a cut or broken bones, or
whatever could have happened, when she passed out. The emotional
stress was difficult to endure, for both of us. There were
additional affects cascading through our lives that we won't go
There were other
options that we considered, but working home was the option that
we felt the most comfortable with. We understood the financial
risk of starting our home-based business, having very little in
savings and having very little income to count on in the immediate
future. Yet we chose the working from home path over the other
alternatives. We were motivated by the desire to live our lives together.
incentives are not limited to staying home with your
children. There is always the possibility that you may feel
it would be in your best interest to stay home to care for someone
that is disabled or elderly.
Inability to Leave Home to Work
For many people with disabilities,
getting out of the home to go to work can be an extremely
overwhelming task, yet many of them are able to do it. And I am
overwhelmed by their courage and reluctance to let their
challenges stop them from being productive.
Recently, I actually heard someone
say, on a national news broadcast, that it wouldn't be a good idea
for the disabled to work from home. The person said that getting
out of the house is good for people with disabilities so that
wouldn't become anti-social. There is some validity to that
argument. However, I also feel that the disabled could actually
see a benefit by not being as dependent on other people if they
work on their own from home.
If leaving home to work is a great
challenge, the disabled person might also be more productive
working from home without the additional struggle of going to work
outside of their home.
Working from home ideas may open
some great opportunities for the disabled, and should be
considered on a case-by-case basis.
the Employer's Perspective
Are teleworkers a
good thing for employers? Can outsourcing a project to a
contractor be more efficient than doing it in-house?
The answer is,
"Absolutely!" to both questions. Here is a summary of
benefits for the employers:
employment taxes when outsourcing work to a contracted home-based
worker (self-employed people have to pay their own employment
cost of facilities when hiring telecommuters (teleworkers) or
home-based contractors. Less office space is needed. Some
employers actually provide the equipment to the teleworker and
still come out way ahead.
many cases, the telecommuting workers aren't required to live in
the geographical area of the company, thus diminishing the effect
of a local labor shortage.
or temporary projects can be done by telecommuters or contracted
home workers without the burden of higher unemployment taxes or
additional training expenses that vaporize when the project is
short- or long-term projects to a home business could eliminate
the need to purchase or lease special equipment.
moral could be enhanced by offering telecommuting positions (at
virtually any level from line workers to upper management). Click
here to see why telecommuting can help your employees be
outsourcing home-based businesses - people working from home - are
emerging as a new influence on the global economy. Because
of the abilities of the internet, the numbers of home workers is
expected to grow faster than ever before.
It is a
debatable topic when discussing the social impact of massive
numbers of people evolving to a work from home environment. I can
imagine that sociologists would argue that the lack of having
people around, or the solitude of working alone at home, would be
detrimental to society. Maybe it would be best for us to leave
this one alone for now..
However, think of
the environmental good from all those home workers NOT commuting
into the city! Home workers may not save the planet, but
less commuting will definitely decrease air pollution in the
What could be a
huge benefit to society may be when considering the current high
prices at the gas pump, and an emerging global energy crisis. Home
working begins to look like a tremendous opportunity for many more
Just remember the
fact that the benefits aren't going to be there unless you choose
to find your reasons, and make those reasons your
motivation to overcome any of the obstacles that will face you!
Then, and only then,
will those reasons for working from home become your
Syndrome (Catch the Fever!)
johnny2k's Previous Experience