It’s a new technical world out there and one that has fortunately provided more freedom to women. Now you can choose whether you want to remain out in the workforce, stay at home and raise the kids, be a housewife or whether you’d like to work at home.
There are plenty of work-at-home jobs available and along with them a variety of benefits. Home-based jobs and businesses empower a woman to create her life and schedule on her own terms. Below you will find some of the most powerful reasons to work at home and a list of the many benefits.
1. Enjoy a Sense of Control
You’ll be in the driver’s seat when you work on your own terms at home. You have the flexibility to make your own schedule and you won’t have a boss that is literally breathing down your neck to finish the next project. You can choose your own career path and your own work terms. If you have children, your work time can revolve around their nap times and feeding schedules.
You’ll be able to achieve a better sense of balance based on your responsibilities at home and your work. It can be difficult juggling home life and a career when you’re working outside the home. Many women that have chosen a work-at-home path say that they’d never want to go back to the 9-to-5 job that they left. Once you experience this sense of control and balance in your life it’s something you may never want to give up.
2. Buy Your Own Time
Most women that work outside the home have a problem with not only juggling the most important things in their lives but finding enough time to get it all done. When you work at home you’ll automatically be gaining extra time in your day.
When you think about how much time you have to spend getting ready for work in the morning and then taking the commute back-and-forth, you’ll see just how much time you gain.
Start crunching the numbers. Write down the minutes or hours you spend daily to get to work and back and to make yourself presentable. Then you’ll need to times this by 5. When you do this you can see exactly how much time you can buy if you decide to work-at-home. It almost seems magical when you see on paper how much time you can free up on a weekly basis.
3. Spend Less Money
Now it’s time to take a look at how much money you’re spending on an outside job that you may not have factored in already. How much do you have to pay per month to commute back and forth from work? Do you have to buy lunches and how much exactly are you paying for coffee every day?
You may also have to keep your wardrobe up to date and spend extra money on shoes if you’re working on your feet all day. There are also little things such as wedding, birthday and baby shower presents for co-workers to think about.
When you’re working at home you don’t have to wear fashion designer clothes and you’ll probably spend a lot less on shoes! You won’t have to eat out and can make your own coffee. If you have children you’ll save a fortune on daycare fees. It costs a lot less to work-at-home than it does to hold down a regular job. Instead of your bank account draining like a fast speed train, you’ll actually start to see it becoming more stabilized.
4. Don’t Worry about a Bad Hair Day
How many women have woken up in the morning and just couldn’t control their hair? It can be extremely frustrating and time-consuming to try to tame down that hair just enough so that you can arrive at the office looking professional. If you have a bad hair day and you’re working at home you can simply throw it into a ponytail and handle it after your next shower.
Some days the hair won’t calm down, the makeup doesn’t go on right and you spill coffee on your blouse as you’re making your way to the bus. These bad mornings can’t get to you the same as they do when you’re working at home. You can simply brush it off and still continue the day with a positive attitude.
5. End of Commuting
For most people commuting is a complete waste of time. They are either just sitting back and listening to music, reading a newspaper or a book or grabbing a quick nap on the way home. Either that or they’re driving and fighting the rush-hour traffic. This commute time could definitely be put to better use. Just think of all the things you’d like to get done but don’t have enough time to do!
You’ll save a lot of money on gas, public transportation expenses and if you’re using your car your insurance costs should go down since you’re not using your vehicle to travel back and forth from work. If you’re driving your own car your maintenance and repair costs will go down and you’ll be able to keep your vehicle longer. More time, more money and less frustration are all key benefits to dumping the daily commute.
6. See Your Child Take His First Steps
As a parent you can miss a lot of the milestones in your child’s life when you are working outside the home. These priceless moments will never return and it’s sad to miss them. If you decide to become a stay-at-home working mom you’ll be able to experience all of the major milestones in your child’s life. You won’t have to rely on a daycare camera or a Skype video to see these milestones second-hand.
Children change rapidly and when you blink your eyes they’ll be all grown up. Many women regret the times that they didn’t get to experience with their children once they have grown up. If you have pre-school children you’ll be able to see all of the changes that take place and you’ll be there for them.
If you have kids that are going to school you’ll be able to greet them at the door when they return. These are priceless memories and well worth considering if you’re undecided about your next career step.
7. You Can Have It All
You won’t have to worry about feeling like the grass is greener on the other side. You can be a parent, a wife, do the housework and keep the place exactly how you want it while also contributing to the household income. You can do anything you want and structure your life accordingly.
If you’re worried about not being able to get out of the house and believe you might end up feeling too homebound, remember that extra time you’d gain without the commute. You can take this time to visit friends and relatives and socialize with coworkers when you feel the need to experience the “real world”.
Basically anything that you come up against you’ll be able to tackle with full control due to a more flexible schedule.
8. Flexibility to Work on Your Own Terms
If you’re like most people these days, sitting in front of a computer for 5 to 7 hours at a time is taking a toll on your body. Likewise, if you have a job that requires standing for an extended period of time, you may find yourself burning out. When you work at home you have options and flexibility.
If you have a computer job that you’re working from the comfort of your home you can get up and walk around as soon as you start feeling stiff. You won’t have to worry about your boss giving you a dirty look or your coworkers wondering why you are heading to the restroom so often.
If you need to get up and stretch you can do that any time you want. You can set up a footstool to make yourself comfortable and can adjust the heating or cooling to your satisfaction. It’s all yours and you’ll have complete control over your work environment.
9. Enjoy Quality Time with Your Kids
Being a parent isn’t just about seeing all the milestones; it’s about spending quality time with them on a regular basis. When you work outside the home it can be quite exhausting to tend to the kids at night.
You may in fact be breathing a sigh of relief once they finally go to bed. It’s hard tackling the back and forth between home and job, and the kids also have to pay a price for working parents.
When you work at home you’ll be less stressed and can actually enjoy that quality time with them. It won’t have to be a juggling act between you and your husband trying to figure out who’s going to pick up the kids from a sporting event. It’s easier to work out a schedule when your time is flexible and the stress is gone.
You’ll also be able to see their plays, concerts performances and other school events that take place during the day. You won’t have to miss any because you weren’t able to take an afternoon off.
Children really appreciate looking out into the audience and seeing a parent there. You don’t have to worry about hearing your boss say “Again?” when you need to take an afternoon off to see your little one proudly performing in a play.
10. Stay in Touch with the Work World
If you’re a new parent and are considering working at home you may be concerned about leaving your job for a few years. When it’s time to return you may have to end up starting at the bottom again. Working at home allows you to stay connected with the workforce so that you can have an up-to-date resume when you decide to return to a 9-to-5 job.
Even if you can’t get work that exactly matches your previous experience you’ll still be able to keep your overall business skills alive and fresh when you work at home. You’ll also learn new skills and abilities from your stay-at-home job that could potentially help you get a higher paying job when you return to the work force.
Many women that take a break to raise their children without working at home find that they earn less and have an inferior job to return to.
11. Learn the Value of Self-Discipline
Without a boss telling you what to do and what’s expected every step of the way you’re going to have to learn to discipline yourself. It’s easy to avoid work when you don’t have to be accountable every second of the day.
Although it can be difficult at first, you’ll find an inner strength that you didn’t even know you had to keep you going. Many women that have been their own boss have learned how to multitask and have honed their social skills by dealing directly with the clients themselves.
You’ll gain a keener sense of time management and the odds are good that you won’t be looking at your watch every 5 minutes just waiting for your shift to end.
12. Enjoy a Homemade Hot Lunch Every Day
Scrap the soggy homemade sandwiches for a hot lunch every day. You won’t have to worry about packing a lunch the evening before work or in the morning and can enjoy a fresh lunch instead. If you’re buying lunch out when you’re at work, imagine just how much you’d save by making your own hot lunches at home.
13. End the Worry about Sick Days
When you get a call from daycare and have to go pick up your child because he isn’t feeling well, it’s always an “Uh-oh” moment. You don’t really know what to expect. Even if he only has a simple cold he may not be able to go back to daycare for a few days.
That means you or your husband will have to take time off from work to care for him. Then there’s always the possibility of him spreading the cold to other siblings and perhaps even to you and your husband.
With unlimited sick days to work with things can get awfully complicated. When you work at home it’s easier to handle any of the illnesses that may come up during regular family life. As well, you don’t have to think twice about scheduling a dental appointment. There’s a freedom to staying at home that just can’t be rivaled in the day-to-day work world.
14. Save on Daycare Costs
Sometimes a woman that is stepping off her career path to pursue a work-at-home business or job is looking at a reduced paycheck. If you have kids though you’ll have to factor in the savings you’ll get in terms of childcare costs.
You can deduct the price of daycare from what you’re currently earning at your job outside the home. This will give you a better idea of how much money you’re actually bringing home per week.
At this point you can compare the difference between what you’re earning with your current job and what type of money you’d be making as a work-at-home mom. Then you can look at all of the cost savings to see where you really stand. A reduced income amount doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be worse off financially than you are now.
15. Tax Savings
When you work at home you are eligible to claim certain deductions that you can’t claim when working at a traditional job. You may be able to claim a part of your mortgage payments, home repairs and maintenance, heating and cooling costs, telephone and Internet expenses and much more.
You’ll need to check with your accountant to find out what can be claimed and what can’t according to your circumstances. Usually you’ll need to set up a home office to enjoy these tax deductions. It’s great to have these tax write-offs and they can definitely be factored into the total cost savings of working at home.
16. You Have the Option to Return to the Outside Work Force
You not only have the flexibility to run your business and job as you see fit when you work at home but you’ll also have the option to return back to the workforce if things just don’t work out well for you. You have the freedom and with this freedom comes options and choices.
Working at home isn’t for everybody and some women just need to get out on a day-to-day basis. Once you get set up to work at home you can always just change your mind if you miss the social aspect of working at an office.
Some people love to work with others and thrive on it. Others can’t stand the office politics and would like nothing better than to get away from it.
When it comes to working at home, you’ll ultimately be your own boss and have your own say in matters. There are definitely perks that go along with maintaining a home job and that is why so many women are opting to maintain a career in their own home.
You can really have the best of all worlds when you examine the time, financial and personal aspects of home work and make your own schedule based on all of these factors. With a little fine tuning along the way, today’s women really can have it all.