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Home Is Where The Work Is! Or Is It?



With jobs being more scarce these days you find more and more people setting up their own business and working from home. I have been working from home for the last 8 years and can’t imagine having to go back to working from an office day in, day out, 9 to 5. I know it doesn’t suit some and maybe the fact I don’t a family makes it easier for me as no interruptions.

How to…

Some people who work from home use a home office so that work can be compartmentalised and not encroaching on family life. I’d say this would be the norm for most home workers although I prefer not to have an office at home. I have tried it but it felt too much like “going to the office” for me.

I do think it’s important to not go straight from bed to work though so my commute is walking the dogs before my day starts. This gives me time to clear my mind and then plan my day ahead.

Nearly everything is online these days and my accounts work is done using Cloud computing. Of course a laptop and internet connection is needed. What did we ever do without them?

The Pro’s…

  • You can normally set your own timetable for working. Instead of 9 to 5 you could do 11 to 7 or whatever suits you. Maybe you work better early in the morning or late at night. Choose the work time to fit around your day, rather than your day having to fit around the time you have to be in the office.
  • You don’t have to dress to impress, save on the dry cleaners bill.
  • You don’t have to suffer the commute to and from work – tube, bus, train or traffic jams. These can add hours to your working day.
  • If it is your own business then you have less overheads if you’re working from home. And you can claim a percentage of your house costs for tax purposes.

The Con’s…

  • You have to be very committed so that your mind doesn’t wander and you tackle chores around the house instead of work. When I am struggling with a writing idea I find myself actually enjoying cleaning, which is really not normal for me.
  • People tend to think that as you’re at home it’s ok to drop in or phone for a chat. This is less likely to happen if you are working in an office. Even though it’s working at home it is still working.
  • It is sometimes hard to switch off from work if it is available to you 24/7. You have to learn to take time out. I’m still learning this one.
  • It can become quite insulated if you don’t have the company of office workers. This suits me but it doesn’t suit everyone. Ensure you get out and meet people to socialise. It’s good to change your routine sometimes. If you can, maybe work from a hotel lounge and treat yourself to a nice lunch with a friend.

So if you’re thinking of working from home I hope the pro’s and con’s mentioned are helpful. Perhaps you know a few more?

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Sian Phillips is the Managing Editor of TweakYourBiz.com and a Moderator on Bizsugar.com. Sian is also the accountant for her clients Henparty.ie, (Dragons Den winner 2009), Clearwave.ie and Comserv.ie. With over 20 years’ worth of experience in business and accounting Sian provides help to the SME sector. The other half of Sian’s day is spent working in the Social Media space; writing blog posts and conducting interviews for TweakYourBiz.com, plus writing for clients globally about Social Business and Accounting. She is a qualified Accountant with an Honours Diploma in Journalism too. http://www.tweakyourbiz.com

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  • ToriHawthorne

    Brilliant way to look at it Tina, nIt is exactly how it happens. All we need now is the off-spring from the ‘marriage of minds’ ;-)nTori

  • Facundo

    Very fresh Tina,nI think there’s room for a second post where you cover making the relationship last, or ups and downs & why not a few couple arguments and how to deal with them :)

  • http://www.ivanwalsh.com Ivan Walsh

    Nice way of framing it, Christina.nnAnd like all courtships there will be ups and downs especially when the novelty factor wears off.

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Part two could very well be the ‘children’ of a social media relationship Tori.rnThese could be the concepts, ideas and events which are produced.

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Hi Facundo,rnrnI did think along those lines – there definately is scope to deal with the ‘darker’ side of social media. Reputation and perception, critical decision-making, dealing with bad comments. rnPart two can be your christmas present!rnrnThanks

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Hello there Ivan,rnrnYes indeed. There is a huge novelty factor and this is where social media matures and we mature with it. Its isn’t always promising relationships, growth, profit or interaction. There are negatives attached and I promise to explore and write on these.

  • http://www.btbtraining.com/blog Niall Devitt

    Like this a lot Christina, sometimes the simplest explanations are also the most effective. With your permission of course, Ill be using the courtship analogy :)

  • http://www.seefincoaching.com/blog Elaine Rogers

    Some of this sounds very much like a few online “relationships” I know of :)nnIt was beginning to feel a bit like a three some there for a while, until you mentioned “Weu2019re like a big happy family”.nnI am glad you didn’t cover the courtship “breakdown” and divorce, we need lots of positivity these days, and to think of Social Media as a positive entity is a must, if it is to survive.nnReally enjoyed the post, Christina thanks :)

  • http://www.encouragingexcellence.ie/ Mairu00e9ad Kelly

    I love the analogy Tina, such a lovely way to describe it and it all makes perfect sense when described that way too.

  • http://twitter.com/garious1 Garious

    Yes, social media is like getting into a relationship — because.. it’s all about relationships and making them meaningful in the first place! A lot of businesses fail because they’re thinking that social media is like a digital billboard for their brands. It’s all about engagement these days and what value you can give to your audience.

  • http://twitter.com/shw72388 Samantha Wannemacher

    Great blog post, Christina, with sound advice for building relationships and truly engaging with other in the social media world! I have to agree one of the most important is remaining loyal, because this seems to be where many fall off in social media, especially on Twitter.nnI had to chuckle when I saw your post because I recently wrote a blog titled “Why You Should Pursue Media Relationships Like You Would Any Other Relationship” (http://blogstorytelling.wordwritepr.com/?p=525) that compares building media relationships to a developing romantic relationship, much like your parallel here with social media! Great minds must think alike! :)

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Its funny isn’t it, but so true!

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Hi there Samantha,nnWe truely are one of a kind! nnIts easy to ‘Like’ but what keeps you returning? This is the key thinking behind retaining loyalty. Keep asking ‘why’ and ‘what can I do to bring people back’.nnWho said romance was dead! ; 0 )

  • http://twitter.com/shw72388 Samantha Wannemacher

    My thoughts exactly! Loyalty and persistence are some of the key differences in a courtship between moving from an initial attraction to a relationship. I think our comparisons to this philosophy in terms of social media and media relations is pretty accurate!nnMaybe we did learn some things from past relationships, after all? :)

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Spot on! Its not about visitors or followers per sei, its about connections, interaction and loyalty. Value is measured by meaningful conversations and business.

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Many different angles to cover. Everything has a plus and a minus….but I’m all for the positive pluses at the moment. They far outweigh the negatives.

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Go for it…..I coined a phase, yipee!

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  • http://www.tweakyourbiz.com Niall Devitt

    Hi Sian, The one that gets me: “It is sometimes hard to switch off from work if it is available to you 24/7″. Perhaps the answer is not to be available all of the time? 

  • http://www.sianphillips.ie Sian Phillips

    Thanks Niall. I agree partly with you – after all I did write the Working 9 to 5 post :) In some businesses starting off it’s hard not to be available in case you lose a customer. However in what I do now it isn’t so much being available but me knowing there is a file of accounts sitting there to be done. And the sooner it’s done the more time I’ll have to do other work and therefore earn more. I don’t like work hanging over me so sometimes it’s hard not to just carry on and do those accounts but I am getting better at taking time out.

  • http://write-on-track.com Lorna

    Good article Sian and as an at home worker, I know how hard it can be to switch off but the pro’s definitely outweigh the cons

  • http://www.sianphillips.ie Sian Phillips

    Thanks Lorna. I certainly agree with you :)

  • Sue

    Nice article, Sian. As a virtual assistant I like the flexibility working from home brings. Sometimes I use a timer to keep me on task. I do a lot of networking which gets me out and around people. It’s a great way to share ideas and learn new things as well as bringing in more work. It doesn’t work for everyone but I wouldn’t trade it for an office job again. 

  • Aileen O’Meara

    HI Sian, I liked your article about working from home.
    As an independent producer and journalist, I worked from home for five years up to last January, when I moved to an office here in York Road, in south Dublin.
    The five years based at home were great – I had (still have!) a dedicated office space in a converted attic, away from the hustle and bustle of the home, and it worked great for me while my children were smaller.
    Now that my business has expanded, (and the children have too! – well, upwards anyway!), I find the home base too restrictive.  Because I do media skills training as well as radio programmes and videos, I found I needed a dedicated training space, as well as studio space.
    I have been lucky to find an office near home so the commute is short, but it is great to have the energy of other colleagues, as well as being able to leave the house and feel more like a “real” worker.
    One of the disadvantages I found about working from home is that people (friends, family, neighbours..) don’t respect your work hours in the same way as they would if you you were in an office.
    But one of the real advantages of being home-based is the flexibility to work when you have the time, whether that’s early morning or late evening.

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Hi Sian,

    You’re right – there are pluses and minues to working from home. I definately like the fact that there’s no commute and no need to dress up. I do feel though that it can take over a bit. You lose that distinction between home life and work life.

  • http://www.de-stress4life.com/ Catherine Connors

    Great post Sian, there are pro’s and con’s to every working situation and you’ve hit the nail on the head with working from home, when I do use the home office I find that I am more easily distracted by the little jobs that are waiting for me around the home.

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