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While working from home has many benefits, it’s not without its negative aspects. For many people, the idea of working from home is the dream, where you can get straight to work without the perils of the commute, or even without having to change out of your pyjamas. There are three reasons why you might be considering working from home. These are:

Remote worker - The benefits of job security without the need to commute or be on-site.

Freelancers - Being able to dictate your own hours and own location means that a home office setup is a necessity.

Business owners - If you’re setting up your own business, working from home can keep your initial costs down.

For those people looking at the possibility of working from home, here are the pros and cons that you need to know.

Working from home - The Advantages

1: Dictate your environment - You know what kind of space makes you more productive. Being able to design your own office space means not being restricted to bland office designs on-site. You also get to manage your running costs more efficiently, by having control over decisions such as which computer or printer is best for you. Look at your tech, like your printer, and you can reduce your home office costs by investing in a more cost-effective solution from Cartridge People and their Canon ink cartridges.

2: Better work/life balance - When you remove the need for the commute, you suddenly have extra time in the day to spend doing the things you enjoy. Whether that’s spending time with the family or watching your favourite TV shows, avoiding those hours in traffic jams or on the tube will give you much more free time to do the things you love.

3: Lower stress levels - Studies have shown that working remotely removes a lot of stress for your average day. Not only do you not have an over-enthusiastic boss leaning over your shoulder all day, you also avoid the risk of toxic workers and the constant noise, interruptions, and chaos of the modern office.

Working from Home - The Disadvantages

1: Loneliness - We are social creatures, and it can be easy to start feeling down if you have little to no human interaction through the day. You can tackle this by making sure that you visit friends and family when you're not working.

2: Switching off - When you have no clear and defining line between work and home, it can be very hard to focus on relaxation when your working day is over. Make sure that you establish a routine that sees you clearly mark the end of your working day.

3: The perils of distraction - Being at home all day surrounded by your favourite things is always going to carry a risk of being easily distracted. The pile of washing up, the sudden need to get through that pile of ironing, or even just putting on music or background television can all distract you from what you’re actually supposed to be doing.

If you're considering a change to home working, then you need to assess both the pros and cons – the more aware that you are of the risks, the more likely that you can address and tackle them in advance. That will make your transition to home worker much more secure, more productive, and you’ll be able to take advantage of the freedom that it offers.