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I’ve written about working from home before. There are so many benefits and I really do love it, but there are definitely cons as well. As a full time blogger and web designer, I have to admit I do feel very fortunate to work from home, so I hope this post isn’t taken in the wrong way. Here is what I love and don’t love about working from home (some things to consider if you’re thinking about taking the leap!):
Pro: I get to wear pajamas all day
Con: Sometimes I do
Working from bed in pjs is always an option when you work from home. It’s super cozy and you don’t have to move an inch all day. But that gets old quick. I do miss getting up and getting cute for a day at the office, especially since I love fashion! I’ve found that sticking to clothes that are comfortable, but not slouchy are the perfect medium – like this top and these cool striped pants from Mindy Mae’s Market. I think I need this tee, btw.
Pro: I make my own schedule
Con: Sometimes that means staying up until 3am
I love being able to sleep in and start my day whenever I want, but honestly, that can backfire pretty quickly. I am not a morning person. I never have been and I can safely bet that I never will be. But when I let myself sleep in until the late morning, I always regret it. I end up staying up so late that I have to sleep in the next day in order to even get enough sleep.
Pro: I don’t have to depend on anyone else to get things done
Con: No one depends on me to get my work done
I love being my own boss and not having to worry about anyone else holding up their end of a project, but that very fact makes it hard to stay motivated sometimes. If I don’t do something, there’s no one there to hold me to it. I can give myself a deadline, but if I miss it, nothing happens. I’ve realized through lots of trial and error that I just have to hold myself to things. It’s definitely not easy, especially when I get invited to fun events that I sadly don’t have time for. I even had to miss my boyfriend’s birthday dinner last year!
Pro: I can create my own creative space
Con: I spend all my money on cute office supplies
Ever since I started working from home, I have become obsessed with my workspace and my office supplies. When I worked in an office, we had lots of things provided to us and they were not cute. But I didn’t want to spend my own money on supplies that should really be an expense for them. Plus I already had what I really needed. Now that I work from home, I have so much fun creating a space that is inspiring to me and I just can’t resist a cute notepad or notebook! And how adorable are these Mindy Mae’s pens?! (You can get the super chic lips mug here. You know you were eyeing it.)
All in all, though there are some cons, the pros definitely outweigh them. I’m not sure if I could ever go back to working for someone else. I could see myself getting a cool office space closer to town, but in reality, would I ever even make the effort to go in? Not sure about that one.
Do you work from home or do you go in to an office?
Photos by Johnny Cheng.