When you sit in an office cubicle all day, it’s only natural that your mind will start to wander eventually.
The subject of your daydreams may vary, but I’m sure that you’ve wondered to yourself – at least once – what it must be like working from home.
Just imagine what they don’t tell you about working from home.
Imagine all that freedom.
Deciding your own hours.
Working from wherever you want.
The luxury of having your own kitchen just a short walk away at lunch time.
I’m not here to tell you that working remotely doesn’t make you feel extremely privileged. Of course it does, but it’s not for everyone.
When you paint that picture of yourself working in front of your own computer in your pyjamas, you don’t have the full story.
Here’s what they don’t tell you about working from home, and why there’s a lot more to it than late morning starts and limitless coffee breaks.
You’re responsible for your own bills.
Unless you have an agreement in place with your employer, your expenses are your own responsibility.
You can often take this for granted when you’re running down somebody else’s electricity supply in an office.
When you’re working from home, your utility bills will increase dramatically.
If you sit in front of the computer all day, you’ll pay your provider for that.
In the winter, you’ll be putting the heating on throughout the day rather than just when you finish work.
Your salary probably won’t budge, but your household bills certainly will.
Be aware of this.
You must be a self-starter.
With nobody there to supervise you, the temptation to slack off is all too compelling.
You will find yourself in a state of constant bargaining with yourself. “Just five more minutes on Facebook,” you’ll insist, “then I’ll knuckle down.”
The problem is, it’s so easy for those five minutes to turn into half an hour.
All of a sudden, you’ve got a mountain to climb to meet your deadline. When that happens, the quality of your work will suffer.
It’s down to you to keep motivated and make sure your work takes priority. If this is beyond you, it might be best that you stick to the structure of a conventional working environment.
It gets lonely sometimes.
Especially if you live alone, or your partner is at work during the day, you’ll find yourself starved of human interaction.
As a race, we thrive on the relationships we form with other people.
Without the comfort of colleagues to talk to, you’ll find yourself sending emails just to get a reply, or striking up a conversation with a cashier so that you can talk to someone.
If you’re an introvert, this might not be much of a problem. But if you’re a real people person, you may want to think twice about changing your surroundings.
Working at home is a wonderful experience that leaves you feeling liberated, but it does have its downside.
If, after reading this, you still think that it’s suited to you, check out our guide to starting your own successful home business.