Friday, 13 January 2017

The Benefits of Working from Home

Benefits of Working from Home

It's been 16 months now since I became self employed and I traded in my office job to work from home, the choice was far from my own, and after being used by my then boss to aid his social media and blogger outreach, I was cast aside despite being offered a full contract for the company. I wish I had the opportunity to thank him now, because he really did do me a massive favour. 

Working from home has been the most incredible blessing, of course it means I get out of it what I put into it, if I don't source the work, then I don't get paid, and I wouldn't be able to pay the bills, but it just means that I need to be organised, and for the most part I would like to believe that I am, of course there are always days that the balance is hard to obtain, but today I want to talk about the benefits of working from home.

When I was working I relied heavily on my Mum to look after Leo while I was away at work, I felt so insanely guilty leaving him day in and day out. I would need a babysitter Monday through to Friday when I was full time and sometimes had to rely on local babysitters for hire if my family were away, I couldn't help feeling like I was missing out on so many precious moments in Leo's life. 

Being self employed and working from home means that I am here all of the time. I can be incredibly flexible and if the school call and tell me that Leo's poorly and needs collecting, I can hop straight in the car, bring him home and nurse my little boy back to health. I don't need permission from a superior, because I am the superior. Summer holiday's? Not a problem. I can take weeks off or work around Leo and still incorporate fun into the time that he has off. 

I do feel so incredibly lucky to be in a position where this can actually work. I might not be a Millionaire, but having this flexibility is priceless, and with hours that start after the school run, and end before the pick up... It really cannot be beaten.

There is no Uniform
Want to get back in your PJ's when you get back from the school run? GO FOR IT! As I type this I am sat in my dressing gown and slippers with a puppy sleeping on the floor next to me. Ideal right!?

I make the rules
The only rules I set myself can only be really defined as goals. I make sure I earn a minimum each month and then up that minimum to something realistic. I allow myself days off in the week if the occasion calls for it, but I do try and make sure that while Leo is at school I am using that time productively. 

Being there
This has to be the best bit about it for me. Yes it gets covered in my first point, but it's the most important factor for me. I don't rely on people to get Leo to and from school, and I get to be there for all of it. The school assemblies, the parent/teacher meetings, the sick days and everything in between. 

Working from home, being my own boss is the most amazing opportunity and I am thankful everyday for being able to do it.

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