Thursday, 14 January 2016

Working From Home :: Q&A

I have had so many people ask me questions about working from home. It seems that for every one question I answer, I get another three! So I thought I would do a Q&A to cover everything that people want to know about and hopefully it will answer everything. If there is anything else you want to know, just leave a comment on this post and I'll answer it the best I can.

What made you decide to work from home? 

If you had the choice of getting up every morning no matter the weather, getting stuck in rush hour traffic for five hours, to be then trapped in a dingy office or shop for eight hours. Or waking up, throwing whatever clothes on that you fancy, pull out the laptop and work from the comfort of your bed, which would you choose? 

Was it a difficult transition?

Not really. I have always detested the fact that no matter where I worked, there was always a supervisor or manager leering over me, watching my every move. I used to feel incredibly claustrophobic and that they didn't trust me. Moving from that to being left alone at home was one of the easiest moves I have ever undergone.

How did you find a work from home job?

I have written a post about this here.

Is it hard to stay motivated when you work from home?

For me personally, I don't have an issue with motivation. When you work around people, you are constantly being monitored so you have no choice but to crack on with your work. But when you work from home, you are on your own and don't have anyone on your case. It all depends on what type of person you are. If I have work to do, I get on with it because I know it has to be done and I hate putting things off. Procrastination is (thankfully) not something that affects me.

Do you still have a boss/manager/supervisor?

Yes of course. Although they're not so much managers, they're more like team leaders.  

Do you miss the interaction of being around others? Do you feel cut off?

Not at all. I have always been the type of person who enjoys my own company so not being around my colleagues isn't that big of a deal for me. A lot of people would consider working from home 'unsociable' but this could not be further from the truth. I'm still very much a social butterfly, but being stuck in an office for 40 hours a week with people who only talk about work is not something I miss in the slightest.

Can you talk to the people you work with or just your boss?

Absolutely. I talk to my colleagues every day via a chat software and they are the nicest people I have ever had the honour of working with. It's also great that there are some who live within close proximity of where I live! We're not restricted to only talking about work either, we talk about all sorts and always have a laugh.

It must be boring working from home all the time, everyone enjoys getting back to their home at the end of the working day.

That's true and I was one of those people that lived for the moment my shift ended. But even though I work from the comfort of my own home, it doesn't mean I see it as any less of a sanctuary. I am and always will be a 'Home Body', my home is my world and I can't think of anything better than living and working from it simply because it is my favourite place in the world. 

But surely it's restrictive? 

It really isn't. Think of it like this, unless you are a labourer or a delivery driver, you are stuck in the same building day in day out - is that not restrictive? I can't say this for every work from home job, but with mine I can literally work anywhere I like. For example, I am currently house sitting for my in laws and I'm working at their house then next week I will be back at home. I have plans to go to Ireland at some point this year and I will no doubt take my work with me there too. I'm so far from being restricted because all I need is my laptop and an internet connection.

How do you get paid?

The same way everyone else does, I get a wage. Only I am self employed which you will find is quite common when working from home. I have to send an invoice every month with the hours I've done and then five days later I get paid!

What are the benefits of working from home?

The list is endless but there are a few perks that personally I think are a bonus. Firstly, I can keep on top of the housework. Instead of me working Monday-Friday and then spending my weekend cleaning and washing, I can just do it throughout the day instead. Secondly, I can use my phone whenever I want, listen to music and even watch the TV/Netflix. And lastly, I don't have to worry about what I look like. I can roll out of bed, throw on whatever clothes I like and not have to doll myself up to look 'professional'.

What are the downsides of working from home?

If I had to pick anything that I would consider a downside, I would say that it's being self employed. It's not that big a deal but it just means that I have to do tax returns - Boo Hiss!

I hope I've answered all of your questions but like I said, if there is anything I haven't covered then please feel free to leave a comment. 

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