Although working from home has advantages in its own ways, it might prove to be a challenge too. You would definitely save the time and effort of commute. Also, you will not need to have a designated office space, which will save you a lot of money. Still, there are many disadvantages of having a home business, which are listed below:
- No Peer Company
When you work from home, you will miss out on the daily interaction you have with your peers. If it is a growing business, it is still okay as you will have a bunch of people working with you. However, in the initial days, you will be the only person working which might lead to solitude. The productivity levels are excellent as a team as a lot of brainstorming happens when compared to the solutions you get when you think alone. Also, if you have more people working with you, you can work on multiple things and the work involved will be done parallel rather than you having to take care of everything.
When you are working from your house, you are not dressed like you dress to work. Eventually, when you realize that there will be no one to see you; you might start ignoring about how you look. In the initial days, it might not be much of a concern but as time lapses; you will realize that the way you look would have changed a lot. But you can always give importance to your looks and get ready like you do when you are working on a day job, so that you look presentable and fit always, even if you do not have to interact with anyone while working from home.
Your friends and family will be of the impression that you are available round the clock as you will be working from home and do not have a regular day job. They might start visiting you during work hours and it might not go down well with them when you are unavailable to meet them as you are working on something. Rather than drawing a line later, it is better to tell them from the start that you are not free during work hours and you cannot entertain visitors when you are working. People who are close to you will definitely understand and be supportive about it. Communicate clearly that you will have to focus on work during your work hours and all other appointments can be done only after work hours.
As you will have no one monitoring you and you are your own boss, you will tend to procrastinate and not finish the work in the designated time frame. You will get distracted with the interesting match of your favorite time or to quickly finish your household chores, which has a direct impact on your work schedule. Your breaks will also increase as you will not be able to switch between work and home atmospheres so soon, resulting in lower productivity levels. Eventually, this slippery slope will bring you to need the services of a litigation attorney. To get over it, keep a note of your break hours and calculate the total time you have effectively worked for. When you start assessing the total time you have spent working, you will realize how your productivity levels and this will motivate you to work without losing your focus.
To make your home business a success, make sure that you have a workaround for the above mentioned challenges and you will be able to succeed in your home business.