Pros and Cons of Telecommuting

Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home

With the continued advancements of technology, working from home is becoming increasingly common within a number of industries. A variety of different types of employees work from home including freelance writers, customer service representatives, and payroll personnel. The type of work and rigor of your schedule will depend on your schedule, and there are a variety of benefits and disadvantages from working from home. Information about both the pros and cons is discussed below.

Benefits of Telecomuting

  • The ability to make your own schedule
  • No need to commute or waste money on gas
  • You can work from relatively anywhere
  • There is no dress code
  • The ability to spend more time with your family or roommates
  • Tax breaks if you meet the IRS’s home-office requirements

Disadvantages of Telecomuting

  • Avoiding distractions such as family members, friends, media, Internet, housework, pets, and any other activities that you would avoid by going to an office
  • Procrastination and wasting time
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Potentially lower compensation that a traditional, full time job on site

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