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Why Working From Home Might Not Be For You

Four reasons why working from home
can be a bad idea for many people

A man scratching his head in front of his laptop, represting why working from home might not be for you.
While working from home has its positive sides, there's also 'the other side of the coin',
where you have to consider why working from home is bad for you.

These days, the Internet provides us with countless work opportunities. In fact, many of the jobs that are available online today didn’t exist just a decade ago! And one of the beauties of the World Wide Web is its boundaries, or rather, a lack thereof. When you’re working online, you can basically work from anywhere in the world, as long as you’ve got WiFi. Which is why many people choose to work from home. But is that kind of career all that it's cracked up to be? As any other kind of job, it has its downsides, too. And that’s why we’ve decided to show you the other side of the coin - so read on, and learn why working from home might not be for you!

Working Too Hard

If you consider the benefits of working from home, one of the first ones that’ll pop up in your mind will be - setting your own hours. Let’s be honest, we’d all like the freedom to work whenever we want, on our own terms. And freelancers that work from home can definitely manage themselves with much more leniency than those working at an office full-time. Plus, when you’re working wherever you want, business relocation can be handled with ease. You just pick up your laptop and go wherever you please. But is that really as perfect as it sounds?

In reality, things are not always that rosy. Indeed, even the most hardened work-at-home veterans are prone to procrastination. And sooner or later, you might find yourself misjudging the time you need to complete a project. Indeed, when you’re not in direct communication with your supervisors, your work discipline may become laxer. And once the deadlines start coming in, you’ll actually be working more than you would in an office. So, working from home might not be for you, if you’re not strict when it comes to managing your own time.

Being out of the Loop

Any manager worth his salt knows that direct communication is the key to successful project management. While freelancers who work alone can manage themselves at home with more ease, if you’re a part of a group project, the fact that you’re isolated from others can become a problem. And if everyone who’s a part of the company is working from home, this isn’t too much of an issue - the entire corporation probably has a way of maintaining an efficient chain of communication.

A man working on his own on a laptop, sitting on a couch.
Working at home alone makes you isolated from human touch and interaction, which can be
very helpful when making crucial decisions and getting support when needed.

But if there’s an actual workplace where your other coworkers are all together, that actually presents a problem for you. Never underestimate the value of inter-personal politics in the office and face time with your supervisors. Regardless of the kind of company you work for, you still need to be in the loop about everything that goes on in the company. Otherwise, you may find yourself being left out of key decisions and events. That’s just one of the many reasons why working from home might not be for you - being left behind is a real danger.

Learning Is More Tedious

When you talk to people who opt for working at home, you’ll see that many have the idea of starting a home-based business. However, the road to self-made success can often be thorny. In the very least - it requires a great deal of learning first, in absolutely any area. That’s why many people realize that they first have to work for someone else, while they get to know the business. Sure, you can still do that from your home office, but if you’re not in the physical presence of your peers, learning from them is much trickier.

Two people working at their laptops and consulting each other.
Being able to bounce your ideas off others and get critical feedback is an important part of
making sound business decisions, all of which is missing when working alone from home.

Certainly, you can ask anything you want online. But you’ll learn things much more quickly if you’re in constant direct communication, 8 hours a day. That’s why, paradoxically, many people who want to start an online business of their own can’t attain the knowledge they need, at least not as quickly, if they’re working from home. With that in mind, working from home might not be for you, not at this particular time, anyway. For those who want to be entrepreneurs, working as a part of a larger company first may be a good idea.

Missing out Socially

While we’ve already tackled the fact that working from home might not be for you because of professional relationships, we’d also be remiss not mentioning that you’ll also lose a lot when it comes to personal relationships. When people are done with their education and enter the workforce, basically, most of their socialization comes from the workplace. Most people your age will be working full time somewhere, so the chances of meeting new people become smaller.

And when we put this fact in the context of working from home - you’re probably starting to get the picture already. Meeting new people will be more difficult than for those working in an office. Naturally, in the age of the Internet, you’ve got other means of socializing that aren’t strictly related to your workplace. But still, forming social connections within your professional circle can be incredibly useful.

People sitting in an office and chatting.
People are "social animals", so we need human interaction to be able to function better
on all levels, including especially in business and working environment.

Final Thoughts

As you’ve probably gathered by now, working from home might not be for you because it lacks the social aspect of a traditional workplace. Sure, there are people who can cope with that more easily than others. But, for most people, working in an office full-time carries some things we take for granted - and sorely miss once they’re gone.

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