I’ve been working from home for over a year now and it is absolutely wonderful. Amongst the myriad benefits are:
1. My four-month old daughter. This might become a challenge when she’s three and banging on my door.
2. Lunch with my wife. Not to mention being able to see her several times a day, although we did have to set some rules. Basically from 8am-6pm is “work time” and after 6pm it’s family time.
3. Flexibility. If I want to go for a job in the middle of the day I can.
4. Gas. If my wife and I were both working outside the home like we were a few years ago we’d be spending about $1,000 per month on gas. As it stands we only use the cars to run errands and are saving about $800-$900 per month on gas alone.
5. Efficiency. No distractions = focus.
6. No commute. I actually liked having a commute because it gave me a chance to listen to books on tape, but now I do it while I’m jogging so no real loss.
7. Cost. Where do I begin? No office space means I’m saving about $5,500 per month over what I was paying out a year ago. Then there’s no commuting as mentioned above and a host of other associated costs I was able to get rid of.
8. Dress code, or lack thereof.
9. Time. No commute, no co-workers to shoot the breeze with, etc.
10. No co-workers. I mean, I like people, but man, I get a lot more done when I’m by myself and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything socially. After all, I’ve still got Facebook.