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The Hidden Benefits of Working from Home

Lily O'Halloran


The Hidden Benefits of Working from Home

Working from home provides benefits that may not seem obvious at first thought. While many of us foresee a few advantages, such as wearing pajamas to work or setting our own hours, the actual benefits of working from home far exceed these simple luxuries. From financial gain to improved relationships, the hidden benefits of working from home are both numerous and diverse.

Consider the following list of benefits when contemplating starting a home-based business.


Eliminates long commute to and from work.

With an average commute time of 30 to 45 minutes, most of us would consider eliminating a long commute as a tremendous benefit of working from home. This is especially true when you consider that the 30 to 45 minute travel time only takes you to work; you have to double that time to account for the trip back home.

Eliminating commute time from your schedule frees up an extra 60 or 90 minutes every workday. With no commute, you also save money on gas, car maintenance, or public transportation.


Eliminates expensive lunches or coffee breaks.

Most of us start of frugally; we pack our lunch at home each morning to bring to the office. We’re adamant for a while, but frugality usually loses in the end. We get tired of quick home-packed lunches that consist of cold sandwiches or frozen meals. One day we go to lunch with a co-worker. Uh-oh, that’s the beginning of the end. It is hard to stop eating out once the trend begins. After all, we work hard; we deserve it, right? That’s usually how the $4 a cup coffee habit starts too.

Little luxuries are hard to give up on a stressful workday. At home, you can have your fancy coffee and delicious meals for a fraction of the cost of going out. With a little planning, healthy meals become an easy option when working from home.


Eliminates shopping on your lunch break.

The interesting stores and quaint boutiques we pass while walking to lunch, or taking a break, beckon us. Eventually we cave in to the call and check these places out. Browsing soon turns into buying. Before we know it, we are regularly spending a portion of our paycheck on goods that catch our eye during workday breaks.

A great benefit of working from home is avoiding the shopping temptation altogether. Working from home prevents you from walking by stores on a daily basis. Products that are out of sight are also out of mind.


Reduces the chance of catching a cold or flu.

The more time we spend in public, the more our chances of catching a cold or flu increase. Using public transportation to travel to and from work seems to increase those chances even more. On the other hand, working from home limits exposure to sickness.

Working from home generally leads to less sick days. Even when you do get sick, it is far easier to work from home than it is to work outside of the home.


Allows for flexible schedule.

The average job does not let us set our own hours. The daily grind consists of set hours at inconvenient times. Doctor appointments, parent teacher conferences, and other important events require us to take time off from work. Alternatively, working from home allows for flexible scheduling.

One of the joys of working from home is the ability to set your own hours. Not a morning person? Start your workday in the afternoon. Maybe your significant other works nights, and you want to adapt a similar set of working hours. Setting your own hours enables you to create a schedule that fits your lifestyle. A flexible schedule also aids in strengthening relationships with family and friends by allowing you to spend time with loved ones.


Reduces wardrobe and dry-cleaning bill.

Let’s face it: work clothes are expensive. Whether you wear suits and ties, or dresses and skirts, a wardrobe of clothes is both expensive and necessary for working outside of the home. Top off the clothing expense with dry cleaning bills and we are talking serious money.

Significant savings are gained from reduced clothing expense and associated cleaning costs when you work from home. Not to mention, wearing what you want is more comfortable than adhering to a strict office dress code.


Reduces stress and anxiety.

Many jobs come with a domineering boss, lazy “team” players, gossipy co-workers, and impossible goals, all of which create stress and anxiety. Working in an office full of negativity creates a gloom and doom mood that makes work feel unbearable at times. Working from home eliminates exposure to these negative factors.

Become your own boss to ease stress and anxiety. Working from home enables you to set realistic goals, nurture creativity, increase productivity, and efficiency.


Reduces/Eliminates daycare costs.

Many work from home parents watch their own children while working. Others hire a part-time sitter or nanny to watch their kids for a few hours a week. Eliminating, or even reducing, daycare costs can add up to tremendous savings. For many parents, the value extends beyond the financial savings; caring for your own children, as opposed to a daycare worker watching them, is absolutely priceless.


Deduct legitimate business expenses.

Working from home enables you to write-off many operating costs and depreciation expenses. This tax advantage adds up to significant savings.


Boosts desire to succeed.

Starting your own home-based business can be more than a dream. If working from home is your dream; make that dream a reality. There are numerous advantages of working from home.

Doing what you love boosts your desire to succeed, which directly benefits you in a very big way. With corporate down-sizing and unemployment on the rise, there has never been a better time to start your own home-based business.

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