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7 Best Reasons to Work From Home

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An increasing number of people are engaging in work from home opportunities and finding it better than traditional office work.

Working from home, which is also known as telecommuting, has increased in countries like the US.

Home-based workers now span a broad range of jobs right from sales assistants and realtors to freelance writers and virtual assistants, with a correspondingly wide range of incomes.

This type of work is considered to be good for an individual’s health as well as productivity. Research conducted by Stanford University on employees of a Chinese travel agency revealed those employees who were working remotely from home were more productive than those working on site.

Being a home-based worker has got its own perks. Here are the 7 best things about working from your home office.

1. Work-Life Balance

Many companies are evaluating a work from home strategy not only to save costs and lower carbon emissions, but also to retain the best talent.

Being able to work from home will lead to higher retention rates as well as improved quality of life due to work-life balance, increased productivity and overall satisfaction.

2. You are Your Own Boss

A work from home person has control over his or her work life leading to a better match between paid work as well as other activities.

This reduces the amount of stress and anxiety experienced by a person working from home and helps them realize the employer is concerned about the well-being of the employee and the responsibilities apart from work.

3. More Savings

Setting your workstation at home will help you save money in terms of your commuting costs, lunch or even an early morning cappuccino at the office.

Essentially, you would save what you would have usually spent if you were working in an office.

With the extra money saved, you can pay some outstanding bills or set up a fund for a special occasion. It might not seem like much, but a couple of dollars here and there will definitely add up to a nice chunk of change.

4. Multi-tasking

Working at home, apart from being your own boss, also means you’re multi-tasking or wearing many hats.

You are the employee, the creative mind, marketing team, the accountant, the PR officer, and the strategist. You will be brainstorming ideas, producing them and also invoicing your output.

This is a great feeling when you are in charge of your own future. When you set your own schedule, you have greater self-satisfaction and an overall improved mood.

5. More Tailored to Your Needs

An office cubicle job doesn’t allow the human brain to rest for a while which otherwise can only remain focused on something for an hour or so.

Standard office working environments are structured meaning there is a start time to work and maybe a break or two before finally ending your workday. Sometimes a structured environment doesn’t do well for creative minds.

Being able to focus, move away from your desk, and return back to your desk when ready implies you are working with your brain, not going against it.

6. Redefine Oneself

Since you don’t fit in the standard box stamped with the word “Job”, you can easily redefine yourself on an as-required basis.

In an office job it can seem monotonous when you only focus on one aspect of your job, and unable to do more without proper training or experience.

Working from home and/or being self-employed requires you to redefine constantly your areas of expertise in a way that is very productive, makes you happier and is in sync with the changing market.

7. No Standard Work Time

When you work from home, there are no standard working hours like you would find at a traditional job.

Instead, you are able to focus on productivity measures to ensure that the work is completed regardless of the number of working hours it takes.

A flexible work schedule is positively linked with both work-time productivity as well as job satisfaction.

Thus, working from home while you are managing your family and household can be a rewarding and challenging adventure if you can:

  • Find your niche and expertise
  • Set some realistic goals and expectations
  • Work smartly

So, now it’s your turn – do find working from home to be what you expected it to be, or do you find it more challenging?

12 Responses to “7 Best Reasons to Work From Home”

  1. mhawkins_fnms@yahoo.com' Monica says:

    Why should I pay to find a job to work from home according to the scam alert it says that you shouldn’t have to pay for something like that are you legit or are you a scam cuz you charging me to apply for a job that I would like to do that I can work from home

    • Hello Monica! I completely understand your concern and hesitation. Unfortunately these days there are so many online scams making “get rich quick” promises that never come through. Home Office Careers is completely different from these companies. We connect people, like you, who are looking for real home-office jobs with those companies who are hiring remote employees to fill positions – many being large, Fortune 500 companies. We have a team of recruitment and online career experts who screen every single job and company before actually posting the positions to our site in order to ensure 100% legitimacy and quality assurance. Our mission is to help our members be successful, which is why we only provide the best home-based positions. Our team does all the work for our members by bringing the best, professional jobs to one spot – saving both time and frustration in searching for a job. The low fee for Premium membership limits the amount of people who will be able to compete for these work-at-home positions. We are also offering a 25% discount which is good for the lifetime of your membership – let me know if you are interested and I will provide you with the link!

      • Neffgirl23@hotmail.com' Kaycie says:

        I look for jobs on home office business and I keep getting connected to scams, I would really like a real shot at working at online at home.

        • Alan Klein says:

          Hi Kaycie – We appreciate your interest in Home Office Careers and want to assure you that every job offer we post is screened by our research team to be a real job from a legitimate employer. Id you are not yet a member, please join as a free Basic member so you can see our 1,000+ offers in 30 career categories and be able to determine if you want to upgrade to Premium so you can submit as many job applications as you want.
          Best regards,
          Alan

  2. brenda@mygirlyparts.com' Brenda Pace says:

    Hi Elna!

    Definitely great reasons to work at home. I am pushing my way there, hopefully sooner than later! Thanks for the tips!

    Brenda

  3. debbyspy@aol.com' Debby Spidell says:

    I have lost count of the number of positions I have applied for. Working from home is ideal but someone, someplace has to give you the opportunity. I consider myself to be very experienced yet have not had so much as a nibble on any of my applications. My resume and cover letters were done professionally. It is as if all of these positions are for show only. It is hard to be encouraged after months of not being contacted.

    • Hello Debby! Thank you for reaching out! It does look like you have been busy applying to several jobs – good for you. That is great that you are being so proactive! In today’s competitive world, when you are looking for a job, the key definitely is to keep applying to as many jobs that you find to be of interest to you and that you qualify for. Something to keep in mind as well is that, although you have had your resume and cover letter done professionally, resumes and cover letters do not fall under the “one size fits all” idea. Meaning, you need to make sure you are positioning ad targeting each resume you send out to the specific position you’re applying to so that you stand out from the crowd of other applicants and the employer notices you. You want to make sure you’re not sending out a generic resume to every single position you apply to since every employer is looking for different qualifications and you want to make sure that on your resume you are listing that you have those competencies. I know how frustrating it can be to find a job, but keep in mind we post hundreds of new positions to our site every single day! I would also be more than happy to help you find more jobs on our site that meet your needs. Feel free to reach out to me directly – stephanie@homeofficecareers.com. Take care!

  4. Sayedsadiqshahhashimi@gmail.com' Sayed sadiqshah hashimi says:

    I need a job and I wish to get a good job as soon as possible

    • Alan Klein says:

      Hi Sayed – to be honest, there is not fast way to get a good work from home job – it takes time, and many applications. Our research and U.S. Labor Department statistics show it takes at least 4 months and over 40 job applications. So it’s best to get started, and be sure to submit applications every day!

  5. sahulgupta25@gmail.com' Sahul gupta says:

    Hi I’m Sahul gupta from a Chandigarh India because I am interested a job

    • Alan Klein says:

      Hi Sahul – It’s good to hear from you in India and to know that you are interested in working from home. While many of the job offers we post are for U.S. residents, we do have many offers for jobs with no residency requirements. As a Basic member you can go to Search Jobs and use the Location filter to focus on these types of jobs.
      Wishing you success!

  6. Alan Klein says:

    Hi Everline – We are sorry but you are a free Basic member; I am going to send you an email to explain further.

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