I started freelancing back in second year university and have continued growing my clientele and experience ever since. Five years later and I still continue to get asked the same question, 'You're so lucky! Is it amazing being able to work from home!?' I thought I would write a quick blogpost on a few of the pros and cons I have encountered in my time working in bed.. I mean at home. For those of you who are thinking of maybe changing to the bedside... I mean the darkside then this is for you!
1. You can stay in your pyjamas all day!
2. You can work from basically anywhere... like literally. I work from my bed, lounge, kitchen, at the beach, in the car (as the passenger, I don't recommend driving and designing), 35,000 ft in the sky (airplane, I don't recommend skydiving and designing either), and even on the go (designing and running through the airport with my laptop in my palm to try get to our gate before it closed, yes that happened last week). Oh! and occasionally in my own office/study.
3. The flexibility! You don't have to work the 9am-5pm shift, if you have a nieces birthday starting at 2pm then you can make it! Just schedule your work later in the evening or if you need to squeeze in a quick gym session then go for it.
4. The ability to throw on a load of washing, or ironing, or cook whilst waiting for things to load or for emails/feedback is a huge advantage.
5. No commuting! Unfortunately I do contract out to a few different companies that require me to be in office some days however, I definitely take advantage of the days where I don't have to drive anywhere! That extra hour a day is definitely noticeable.
6. You can dance around and play music loudly without headphones or even have your TV on in the background.
1. The hardest part of working from home is sitting still and not going to the fridge every 5 mins for delicious snacks... 🤦🏻♀️
2. If you're not good at self-control or organisation then it can be very difficult to focus on the task or job at hand. I know some of my friends who are freelancers sometimes struggle to stay on the correct webpage and end up roaming multiple youtube channels for hours before realising they started on a "how to fix exporting error in InDesign?" to "Is it true that Selena and Justin Bieber are back together?" that example was actually me... it was a Friday.
3. I always feel like I'm on call, or that I need to respond to emails or messages asap even if my client has sent me something at 1AM in the morning. It's sometimes difficult to find the separation between work life and personal life. When William get's home from work normally around 7PM I always have to say to myself "come on shut your laptop and don't open it again until tomorrow morning'.
4. I miss the banter and 'team' environment. Although, I am hiring an assistant/graphic designer soon, so that will be fun! I guess I'm also lucky cause I do get to work in some of my clients offices, so I get a bit of interaction and at least get out of the house a few days a week!
5. I absolutely hate it when people think I don't work... I average out at about 45 - 50 hours a week and yet always feel the pressure and scrutiny just because I'm not in an office full time.
That's just a few that pop into my head. I would love to know some of your pros or cons or any questions you guys may have, so please comment below or send me a quick message on the gram! 💁🏻♀️