Pros and Cons of Working From Home

@KrauseHome (35507)
United States
December 20, 2006 6:09pm CST
Many here would Love to be just as sucessful working from home as we are working for someone else. A lot of us will or have spent countless hours and money on things hoping that it will pay us to where no one else can. Maybe we are looking for the next Bill Gates, or something in ourselves as well. Or maybe you have developed a plan to only have it fizzle and backfire on your time after time. Then we tend to often get discouraged and never want to try anything New. Or we try company after company thinking this one will benefit us even more to only be let down in the end. We are often called Lazy, Good for nothing, and will never amount to anything. So we give up trying calling ourselves a failure, and get discouraged to where we never want to try making any money online from anywhere again. But look at it from the bright side, there are many things you can try and do online with NO investment ever, and earn some Extra $$ from. MyLot is only a small beginning of them. I know of other Writing sites and such as well that pay as well. Maybe not as well as an Employer, but is this not a start to give us the encouragement we need. I feel even if it is just for the moment, it is an exeperience and since I want to be a Published author someday, I need to start somewhere. No, many of us have learned and will learn, money does not grow on Trees. But anything I can do to better my chances on being able to stay at home all day again, I plan to keep on trucking and doing what I can until I find my nitch that works. You never know what you could have had if you never give it a try at first.
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@ghost1380 (871)
• Philippines
21 Dec 06
pro : you hold your own time , you can spend more time with your love ones and you can do anything you want to do cons: you can't meet new friends and wont grow socially
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Well, I have met many wonderful people from being online and have talked to them on the phone, and met some of them I have done Business with online, so that to me is not a Good valid one, but the time one is a definate plus.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
21 Dec 06
The pros to working at home is that you do not have to deal with traffic everyday, driving in bad weather conditions, use less gas, privacy, work your own hours and take breaks when you need them, eat whenever you want and be your own boss. The disadvantages would be too many distractions at home, temptation to put work off, sleep too much and less face to face interaction with people.
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
21 Jan 07
The less interaction can become a factor especially if you are someone who deals with Depression. I feel that interacting with others is important which is hard to do if you work from home.
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• United States
21 Dec 06
Working from home is SO rewarding. I love spending time with my son. Granted I have to use a few programs to make the ends meet, but eventually they DO meet and one by one I can weed out the programs which are less profitable. For a while my husband was staying home with us and things were pretty nice, but the business grew slower than I thought it would and he had to go back to a "regular" job. The good news is, it keeps growing and hasn't stopped. Eventually we will both be able to stay home and relax. Just being patient until it gets here is the hard part.
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Glad to hear you found something that is working for you. That can be the hardest part especially when it comes to an online Business and working from home. I know I am doing a couple of different things from home besides this site, amd working Full time. My goal is to Support myself in time at home.
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Well, I have checked out your Blog. Interesting info there.
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@kids91911 (4366)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I like my time at home but I sure wish I was working outside of the home.
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Well, there are good and bad to both as I have been there, but I like being outside the home and keeping busy.
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
7 Jun 07
That is so True for sure. When you work from home, you are in Control whether or not you are making any money, and you learn how to structure your time online just like a real job if you are going to succeed. I know everything takes time, but it worth it if you work at it.
@scottology (1213)
21 Dec 06
i do not know the pros and cons
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Well, if this is the first site you have made any Extra $$ with, Congratulations on at least wanting to give this a shot. It is Fun being able to Earn $$ for being online.
@jen20619 (1302)
• Ireland
21 Dec 06
good for u
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• Canada
21 Dec 06
You're so right, KrauseHome. Many people do want to work from home and, often times, they expect to generate the same income they would receive from an employer, right off the bat. Unfortunately, human nature dictates that people often expect "something for nothing" and believe it's possible to earn a decent income with almost no work and little to no experience. What I have found is that when people become aware that you are self-employed or working from home, they immediately ask if you can get them a job too. This is one thing that I find so upsetting. There are many people who are actually working online every day and they are holding down careers that required them to get an education and to develop experience and a work history that makes them valuable to their potential clients. For someone to come along and assume that they can do the exact same job, JUST because it involves a computer and can be done from home, is pretty insulting, truth be told. In your case, you mention that you wish to become a published author. I wish you great success! I, too, love to write and currently do so on a freelance basis... more often than not, though, I write for my own enjoyment, as a hobby (i.e., for no money LOL). But, since you have a goal in mind, you are looking for ways to improve yourself and to improve your odds of meeting that career goal. Generally, people get really hung up on the idea of working from home because they think it'll be easy and financially better than working outside the home. Unfortunately, the reality is that many self-employed or home-based workers actually work many more hours than someone working a "9 to 5" job because, at home, you are never really "off the clock." You may work with clients in different timezones (which requires you to be online at times that are WAY outside the usual work day) or you may find yourself giving up many nights, weekends and holidays to get work done. This is something to be considered by anyone who wishes to work from home. Yes, there are MANY advantages to it (some of which have been mentioned elsewhere in this discussion) but there are also many points that people fail to consider. Ultimately, work at home must be realistically viewed as WORK at home... you need the same qualifications to succeed from your own computer that you need to succeed from a computer in someone else's office.
• United States
21 Dec 06
Excellent points; I think what many fail to consider is that you need good skills (particularly communication skills, which seem so sorely lacking on the Internet; sometimes I don't think anyone took English classes the grammar is so poor online) and a strong work ethic. There are no easy answers or easy jobs. Working from home is probably even more difficult because you must be self-motivated and not easily distracted from the tasks required. Your most basic point is one that bears repeating here: "you need the same qualifications" you would be using in a typical office setting.
• Canada
21 Dec 06
Thank you, AnythngArt! I appreciate your support of my points. I've had the unfortunate circumstance to work on projects with other independent contractors who feel it's perfectly ok to do an inferior job simply because they work from home and have no "boss" looking over their shoulder. I've also, regrettably, BEEN the "boss" of some of these same people and have had to rescind their contracts because they were unreliable, never followed directions, didn't reply to email or other correspondence, or all of the above PLUS some. Just because you work alone, in your home office or from your dining room table, it's still a JOB. I would hate to think some of these people would behave in the same manner in an office or other business setting. OH! Your point about English grammar is well-founded. I can use acronyms with the best of them in a chat, instant message or casual exchange (such as message boards) but these things have no place in an online work situation -- yet another point that it seems many have yet to learn. But, all things considered, remote work, telework, online work, call it will you will, is still very new to most people and to a frustrating number of organizations who don't think their employees or contractors can do the same job from home. It's probably going to take quite some time for the world to come around to the idea and to form a more fixed set of expectations.
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
21 Dec 06
I loved working from home when I got the chance to do it. It didn't last long unfortunately. The down side is that everybody thinks that since you are home therefore you are free all day to drop everything and deal with whatever comes up. Dude, I don't ask you to take a day off work because the plumber's coming. Don't assume I can just let a whole days worth of work go undone because you want your shorts washed.
• Canada
22 Dec 06
AMEN! I got a phone call once from a mother who wanted me to go and pick up her daughter at school because she had been washing windows all day and she was tired. She figured, since I was "home anyway" that I wouldn't mind. I just shake my head and wonder sometimes!
@creationhub (3068)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 06
I agree with your thoughts. Money just don't grow on trees unless you have a millionaire dad who has willed all to you. I still believe that online business will hit society globally starting 2007. Either we are in it or not. It's better to start getting the first gear into place before you see all the speedster overtaking you. I aspire to write ebooks as my online passive income business one day. My determination and willpower cause me to overcome discouragement that sets in daily. But I know I'll make it someday, not too far from now.
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Well, Online is the way to go if you have the time and the determination to make it happen. I know I am doing a couple of things online for $$, and trying to work on improving this amount all of the time. Some of these did require an investment to begin with, but they are Great businesses at least for me to be in, and I do make some decent money with them from time to time.
• United States
21 Dec 06
I love working from home. I get to take care of my son myself and I can get things done around the house that need done. The bad part is that I sometimes get bored being at home all the time but then I think about having to drive to a job in different weather conditions, and having to put gas in my vehicle a lot, and that I would have to have someone take care of my child and I realize that working at home is the right thing for me.
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@Aali311 (6127)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I like this little discussion that you wrote, there are many things I've tried and failed at, but I don't think I'm a failure, I've ended up investing in starting my own small business I'll be able to work from home but someone will have to keep an eye on the kids whiles I'm working, so after all the failures I've succeed in the end. And you are right you have to try something in order to know if it will work for you.
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@MrsFrizzle (1964)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I work at home righ now. I am a day care provider. I watch one child right now. I make enough to piitch in and it beats paying for my own daycare.
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@bryelee (452)
• United States
21 Dec 06
The biggets problem I have found is that if they pay, for all the work you do its not worthwhile.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Well, we all know that we can't earn a living on mylot, but there are getting to be more and more opportunities online that actually pay people a living wage. I found something last month that is proving to be quite lucretive for me. It takes a lot of hours of work, but I don't have to leave home to do it. I'm saving on gas, wear on my van, clothing. Even my husband is getting convinced that it can be done. Hopefully as the internet progresses more and more actual jobs will come up for people to do at home.
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@classy56 (2883)
• United States
21 Dec 06
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@blueman (16513)
• India
21 Dec 06
i think working at home is best for housewifes, though i've seen some guys doing a good business from home but most people are not that lucky.
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• United States
21 Dec 06
I think you're right; we do need to be willing to give things a try, especially when there is no investment other than time involved. If you are successful at earning a living from home you will benefit from spending more time with your family and being able to set your own hours. One of the down sides is that you don't get out and see other people to consult with regarding your job. You may also not have benefits of insurrance, etc. if you work from home (but there are a lot of jobs that don't offer these types of benefits anyway). However, I think it never hurts to be open minded and be willing to try something free.
@jen20619 (1302)
• Ireland
21 Dec 06
i needed to know that
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
21 Dec 06
So true! I have been through many online things also. Now I have three different things I do to make money at home. I am an ebay seller, I do mylot more for fun then for money, but it does pay, and I work with a wellness company that I use the internet half of the time for. The important thing is not to invest a lot into anything without knowing it's reputation and checking with the BBB is how I avoided a lot of scams. I hope to see your name on a book in a store front someday. Believe in yourself and you can move stars.
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@JC1969 (1226)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I work from home as a freelance writer. One "con" I find from doing this is that I am stuck in the same office and scenery for the duration of my work day. Personally, if my family wasn't stationed overseas and I was permitted to work in my normal career field, which is medical, I'd only do freelancing part-time. The "pro" is that I am able to earn a salary and contribute well to my family. I am one that thrives on being an equal earner in my family, and being able to work from home has allowed me to do that. I do not do myLot with the hopes of earning anything substantial at all.