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My two cents’ worth on working from home

Almost three years ago now (I truly can’t believe it’s been so long!) Peter and I moved to Windsor, Ontario and I started working from home (part time) for my employer in Victoria, BC. Though I’d never really seen myself as the work-from-home-type prior to giving it a try, I quickly discovered that it actually fits me well – and that furthermore, I absolutely love it.

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Oh sure, the situation has its down sides. For example, when you work from home there’s no such thing as a snow day! And you have to be feeling pretty darn ill to justify calling in sick. Plus there are those times when you’re so hungry to connect with a real live person after having been cooped up in the house for days on end due to an overabundance of snow that you end up talking the ear off the company benefits plan rep while calling with a routine inquiry (not that that’s happened to me! ahem).

But for the most part, I think that working from home is a total joy. Why?

Here’s my two cents’ worth.

  1. The commute to my office is QUICK… if I’m in the living room or kitchen, it’s up a flight of stairs; if I’m in our attic bedroom, it’s down an even shorter flight. No wasted time!
  2. The commute to my office is FREE… no bus pass to buy and no gas tank to fill means more pay in my pocket.
  3. No missed buses, late buses, or standing room only buses. And no traffic jams!
  4. Over-perfumed, under-washed, loud-cell-phone-talking, still-smelling-like-last-night’s-drinking-binge, undesirably chatty co-commuters are a thing of the past.
  5. I’m not a morning person (can anyone relate?!), so facing co-workers before my coffee starts doing its thing is fraught with peril. Now I’m covered on two counts – first off, I don’t even start work until 11:00 a.m. (practically noon!), and secondly, with the time difference between me and my office, I actually start 30 minutes before anyone else anyway… plenty of time for the coffee to kick in.
  6. And speaking of coffee – a large bag of dark-roast beans ground fresh every day and brewed at home lasts several weeks and is about the price of three or four take-out Americanos.
  7. No more being subjected to my co-workers’ questionable taste in music.
  8. If I want it quiet, I can have quiet. If I want to blast my own music and maybe even sing along while I’m working, I won’t be bothering anyone!
  9. Random hugs from the hubs.
  10. Breakfast and lunch at home is a heck of a lot cheaper and healthier than buying pre-made or restaurant food.
  11. Comfy clothes and slippers? Sure! Frayed cutoff shorts and a tank top? Why not?! Pyjama day? Go for it!
  12. I always wished for an office cat as a mascot. Now I live (and work) with TWO gorgeous cats, at least one of whom spends most of the day asleep on my desk (well within patting reach) while the other one is always up for a cuddle or a quick game of fetch.
  13. I’m not restricted to working at my desk – bringing my laptop and phone out to the front porch or the back patio makes taking advantage of the fresh air and sunshine totally feasible.
  14. No more shared office washrooms! If there’s filth, I know whose it is. ;)
  15. Between telephone, e-mail, and Skype, it’s almost like being in the office, only not.
  16. If I look out my home office window I might see doves billing and cooing (no, literally) on the fence in the back yard, or maybe squirrels chasing each other up and down telephone poles.
  17. Inclement weather doesn’t look so bad (in fact, it’s downright cosy) when you don’t need to bundle up, grab an umbrella, or don winter boots.
  18. Shopping trips are planned excursions rather than spontaneous lunch break temptations. More money in my pocket!
  19. I’m always available for parcel deliveries (which means no more waiting until the weekend to visit the post office).
  20. When my work day is done, I am already home.

I keep asking myself why I waited so long to do this!

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Do you work from home?
If so, do you enjoy it? If not, would you ever want to try it?
Please share!

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NaBloPoMo August 2014

Laurel Regan – Writer, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, Growlita, iFan, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Suzanne Fluhr
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    August 28, 2014

    I’ve worked at home since semi-retiring from my law firm. My law work is writing briefs. This is now completely portable. The legal research is on-line and US federal courts want briefs filed electronically—as pdf’s. I’ve filed briefs from Japan and Hawaii. I’m still getting used to dealing with 800 page transcripts on-line—especially because in my field, there are a lot of medical records, often hand-written.

    I don’t get lonely and like you, it’s good that I can give into my delayed circadian rhythm “disorder” — i.e. night-owl-itis. I used to do that and then have to get up at 6:15 a.m. which left me staggering through parts of the day.

    I think the future in many fields will be for working virtually, at least part of the time. This cuts down on bricks and mortar overhead and helps the environment by keeping folks off the roads. I think our dog likes it too. :)
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
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    August 28, 2014

    It has all the advantages I can think of, never want to work any where else. I too do part time writing from home and its great.
    Your two cents worth is sound advice and saves time and money too.
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  • marika August 28, 2014

    I love working from home … and I take Casual day to a whole new level!
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  • John Holton
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    August 28, 2014

    When I had a stroke in 2007, the company I was working for let me work from home full-time. They laid me off at the end of 2008, and I had a hard time finding a job that would let me continue to do so. My brother finally hired me and I worked for him until last August, when the contract he had was terminated. I tried the last half of last year to find a job that would let me work from home fulltime, and there were none. I’m now on disability and looking for writing jobs that I can do from home.

    Working from home is great, if you can get the work and the company you’re working for will allow it. I couldn’t find a situation that allowed me to do it.
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  • Rena McDaniel
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    August 28, 2014

    I love it, it allows me to take care of mom and not depend on strangers. Plus the pj thing is awesome. Nobody knows if I have bed head or not. The list goes on and on!
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  • elly stornebrink
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    August 29, 2014

    I’m not there yet Laurel, though it sure sounds tempting for so many reasons. I would love to do it for all the reasons you mention and probably more. However, I’m wondering with inflation and no more pennies, isn’t it worth more than two cents? ;) <3
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  • Corinne Rodrigues
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    August 29, 2014

    Having worked from home for a few years now, I agree with everything you said, Laurel. The only things I don’t appreciate are other people assuming you can spare time for long telephone calls since you’re at home!
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  • Beloo Mehra August 29, 2014

    For the last several months, almost a year now, I too haven’t been working outside the home, whatever little “work” I do (work as in work for money) has all been from home. So I can relate to many points you say. I giggled reading the point about the messy office washrooms :) In the past too when I had a full-time outside job to go to, I had the flexibility to work from home on some days, which I fully enjoyed!
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  • Lux
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    August 29, 2014

    Aw, Laurel. You’re making me so envious. That is my mid-term goal right now. Hopefully by next year I’ll be having my mobile office too. That’s the ultimate dream I think. At least as of now for me. This list is inspiring. Makes me wanna double time establishing my blog and finding an online job. Any suggestions where to look aside from odesk and craiglist? Much appreciated!
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  • Carol Cassara
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    August 29, 2014

    It was a good fit for me, too, in the 10 years I did it. In fact, I loved it so much more than going to the office. Of course, the one problem IS that you are ALWAYS at work, but…. ;-)
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  • Cathy Graham August 29, 2014

    It’s always been a dream of mine to work from home but I still haven’t made it a reality. It’s a lot harder than it seems and everyone else wants to do it, too. I’ve tried a few things but nothing ever panned out and I found it downright disappointing.

    In the meantime, I enjoy doing creative stuff at home even if I don’t make any money at it. It’s been wonderful being home these past ten years after my layoff and I don’t regret it though a bit more cashflow coming in would sure be good. Money sure can get tight with two boys under 25 driving two cars in to college and uni.
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  • Rajlakshmi August 29, 2014

    I could relate to not being a morning person. :) I have never worked from home so don’t have much exp on that, but your points are very tempting :)
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  • nabanita
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    August 30, 2014

    Oh God Laurel I really want to work from home now!
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  • Obsessive mom
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    August 31, 2014

    Yeah I work from home.. Whatever little work I do, that is. And so I found myself nodding throughout your post. Thanks for showing me so many positives. I feel gooood about myself now.

  • Anita
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    September 1, 2014

    Totally agree. All relevant points. Wonderfully expressed, Laurel :)
    Even I wanted to work from home for all these reasons, but my Software company did not have a work-from-home policy…
    I quit my job & my kid is happy :) And I have alll these perks :)

  • Sheethal September 4, 2014

    Why I had to read this just minutes away from rushing to office? Working from home is such a pleasure… in PJs, no heels, messy hair, coffee in your fav mug, sitting on your comfy couch… awe… OK! Enough of daydreaming now let me go for work! :/

    Loved your post… and one day I’m looking forward to do the same. :)
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