Late last week, I came across a post on LinkedIn from a gentleman explaining that whilst attending an event, he was nervous about being asked, “So, where are you based?” because he was unsure of the potential stigma upon announcing that he worked from home, not in an office.
With Work from Home week coming up from the 15th – 21st January, I decided to explore this a little further to identify the benefits of working from home.
I’ve been working from home since 2013, when I started Admin Angels UK and left my previous office-based position. I personally prefer to work in silence or with light background music to keep me focused, especially when working on creative tasks. In an office space clamouring with the sound of telephones, voices, doors opening and closing, and the endless gossip and chatter from co-workers – it was my own personal nightmare.
Now, things are completely different for me. I have a dedicated home office, with the option to work in other rooms of the house or even outside if the mood takes me.
Here are a few of the reasons why I love working from home:
I’m not suggesting that working from home is for everyone. Some prefer working in an office, it works better for them personally. They might enjoy gathering their thoughts and plans for the day during the morning commute and de-briefing their brain on the way home so that there’s a clearly defined start and end to the working day.
Do you work from an office or from your home? Which do you prefer and why?