5 Benefits of Working From Home: How You Can Start Working With More Freedom, Time, and Energy Within the Comfort of Your Home

Working from home isn’t a new concept. It’s something that’s been done for decades, from direct sales, writing, IT, etc. But over the last 3 years, it’s taken a new shape. Many people now realize they can do virtually anything, well… virtually. Odds are, you can do what you do at the office from home with more efficiency, and energy, and in less time. So what’s stopping you? 

In some cases, working from home incites challenges that you may not encounter in a professional workplace. For example, if you also have kids at home, sometimes noise disturbances, frequent interruptions, or other distractions occur. However, you can easily resolve situations like this by setting rules, communicating, and using the right resources. 

On the other hand, working from home can open doors to many opportunities that you may not have otherwise. In many cases, your schedule allows for more flexibility, giving you more time for yourself, your family, or even new hobbies. Studies show that individuals are 47% more productive working from home. Meaning, not only will you get more personal and family time in your life, but you’ll simultaneously achieve more!

I’ve shared just a few benefits of working from home, but there’s plenty more where that came from. If you’ve been on the fence about leaving your office, starting your own thing, or transitioning into a work-from-home environment, here are a few other benefits to consider. 

Why Work From Home? 

Our society tends to prioritize one thing over anything else: productivity. This often comes at the price of our health, families, relationships, hobbies, sleep, and emotions. Many of us get so burnt out that we can’t even recognize we’re burnt out. 

Now, not everyone in corporate America experiences this, but it sure happens a lot. One of the simplest, most rewarding solutions is working from home. Working from home offers the opportunity to create your own schedule, focus on your needs, get away from a suffocating work environment, escape the 9-5 grind, and stop our bosses from breathing down our necks. 

Working from home has an assortment of appearances, which makes it so appealing. You can curate working from home to fit your needs, your job, and your lifestyle. Let me share a few of my favorite reasons to work from home. 

  • Freedom of Schedule 

One of the main draws of working from home is flexibility. Working from home can greatly free up your schedule, even if you have a full workload. Consider all of the time you spend commuting, procrastinating, or even unnecessarily interacting with co-workers throughout the day. Time tends to slip by and get wasted when you’re working a 9-5. 

A survey from March 2020 shows that work-from-home employees spend less time avoiding work, willingly spend 1.4 more days working each month, and take more breaks. This means more productivity and more money, for less time and less energy. It also allows for you to move that preserved time and energy into other areas of life: going to your kids’ sports tournaments, going on walks with your spouse, reading, or even offering a helping hand at home. 

  • Family Time 

Arguably the most important and convincing argument is family time. Working from home allows you to participate in a surplus of family activities, responsibilities, and opportunities that you otherwise may not have had the privilege to join. Many parents who work in an office, after-school jobs, or a late-night shift often don’t have the privilege of picking their kids up from school, eating dinner as a family, or going out together on a regular basis. 

Working from home creates flexibility in your schedule that allows for you to prioritize the activities that are important to you. This could mean being able to take your kids to and from school, eating meals together, getting to coach their sports team, or even just enjoying a movie as a family. Time together looks different for every family, but working from home gives you the luxury to decide what it looks like for you. 

  • Saving on Expenses

Going to a physical location for work may sound like a small, necessary commitment, but in some cases, it requires more money and energy than you signed up for. In most cases, jobs that have offices or workspaces outside of the home require employees to travel. This can often be a large time commitment along with the additional expenses.

Having a job that requires a car can be pricey, especially in a city. It also necessitates gas—which, in this day and age, can cost the same as a small island. No one wants to spend their whole paycheck just to travel to work, and that makes working from home even more appealing. This doesn’t even consider the price and time it takes to take public transportation. Unless you work walking distance from your home, it’s possible you spend more time and money to get to work than anywhere else. 

 Working from home can also greatly reduce your “eating out” expenses. It can be difficult to always pack a lunch, and also very unlikely if your job doesn’t provide a refrigerator or a microwave. Eating out can get incredibly expensive, especially if you have to do so multiple times a day. Working from home greatly reduces your need for travel and your mandatory lunches with co-workers. If you’re looking for an excuse to stop going to happy hour with the office on Wednesdays, consider this a sign. 

  • Set up Your Ideal Work Environment 

If you’re still on the fence about working from home, consider the benefits of getting to curate a space that makes you feel motivated, inspired, and energized. Oftentimes, sitting in a cubicle, working with negative co-workers, or having a crammed desk space is enough to deter you from the work that needs to be done. 

Having the freedom to create a space that fits your needs, personality, or working habits will leave you more fulfilled, and in turn, more productive. This could mean having a treadmill in your office to walk during meetings or answering emails, incorporating more family photos, color, or trinkets on your desk, or simply not having an overbearing boss breathe down your neck.

Whatever your workplace has lacked to make you feel motivated in the past, you have the power to create a space just for you. 

  • Exercise and Health More Easily Available 

Last but not least, working from home makes it easier to prioritize your health. When you’re stuck in a space all day with little freedom, you may not have the opportunity to go on walks, go to the gym before work, or even leave the office to pick up healthy snacks. More often than not, you’re married to whatever facilities and food your office provides—no matter how sedentary or how unhealthy. 

Working from home gives you the ability to create a schedule that allows you to work out and work, all in the same day. You can also control what and when you eat by buying groceries that fit your health needs. You can balance a healthy lifestyle much easier when you aren’t on someone else’s time. 

When it comes to your career, there’s no one-size-fits-all. We often see workplaces trying to enforce rules, criteria, or expectations that aren’t feasible or comfortable for everyone. This all makes working from home an appealing option. If you want more freedom, energy, and time, consider your options working from home. 

For more reading: Freelancing and the Dreaded Talk About Money

Tom Gaddis

Tom Gaddis

Attended the School of Hard Knocks. A former restaurant manager in Oklahoma, Tom always wanted to be self-employed and free from the butt-smooching of the corporate world. He wanted success bad enough that he picked up his family, including two small children and moved to beautiful Maui, Hawaii. Starting from zero, Tom embarked on building a local marketing consulting business. And promptly fell on his face! It seems Hawaiians were lovely people, until you tried to sell them something! But he persevered and learned from his mistakes. Today he's arguably one of the most successful in his niche and expecting to grow over 100% this year alone.

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