Working from home is wonderful. It can also be pretty wacky. Working at home takes self-discipline, but the perks always make it completely worthwhile! The other morning, as I worked from home with a green clay face mask on at 10 am (love that!), I wondered what my Wild Web Women teammates do in their home “office” that they could not (or would not) be able to do in a regular office. I sipped some tea then emailed everyone, asking them what their favorite work from home perks are. The reply to alls began including replies like:
- I love that I can cook meals (roasting veggies, spinning salad, heating up soup on the stove) and make smoothies and tea with QUALITY ingredients (not processed snack-type food that some businesses offer employees for free).
- I enjoy having all my pets with me in my “office”.
- I can diffuse essential oils – my workspace, my terms!
- I cherish taking a morning break to spend time with my horse and clean her stall during the cool morning hours.
- I don’t have to share a bathroom with any coworker (HA!)
- I can take my lunch hour any time I want.
- I’m not tempted by a coworker’s candy bowl or baked goods in the company kitchen.
- I get to see the people I love more often (and live with) like my mom, child, friends or spouse.
- I love that I can play whatever music I want and, as an extra bonus, I can play it out loud through speakers!
- No work drama or water cooler gossip is refreshing.
- Being able to eat what I want without being judged is awesome!
- I love popping popcorn in the microwave until it’s toasty (and burnt smelling) without being reprimanded by the HR manager.
- I love being able to start – and stop – my work day on my terms.
- I like being in control of the thermostat.
- I love being able to change my work location on a whim (anywhere with wi-fi can serve as my “office”).
- I am grateful that I can take a break to volunteer at my child’s school or chaperone a field trip.
- I am not limited to running errands or scheduling appointments during the lunch hour.
- I am relieved that I don’t have to be in an office with sick coworkers during flu season.
- I love being able to stay on top of things like laundry (changing a load forces me to take a small break).
- If I need to work “late”, it is in the comfort of my own home (and maybe even on my own couch).
- I just LOVE the flexibility.
Working from home is all about being in charge of your own schedule and making your time – business and personal – work for you.
And I won’t lie, once you’ve got a taste of the work from home freedom and flexibility, you will probably never want to set foot in an office again.