The Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home

Sat, Apr 17, 2010


The Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home

There are two types of freelancers, the first who work from home and the second those who rent office space and go out to work. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, but which one is better? This article will aim to make your mind up between working at home and renting office space.

Working from home can be great and most of the freelancers who I know will work from home. Let us explore the advantages and disadvantages of working from home.


Control of environment
By working at home you have absolute control over how your office looks, to the extent that you can even have extensive building work done to your office at your own discretion. You can paint, build or destroy anything you wish and you do not have to ask permission or have your idea rejected. You are your own boss.

If you rent an office space which is even a five minute walk away, you will still have to travel. A home office is in your home and no travelling time is lost, so this means that once you are done with your work you can go home to your loving families in an instant.

One of the greatest advantages of working from home is cost efficiency. If you work from home, gas and electric bills along with rental costs will all be minimal. This is because the heating you will have probably been on at home anyway, so to heat a new room in your new office would cost more. Similarly all other costs which exist from an office would be significantly less because of working from home.


Usually rented office space will probably be in or close to a business district. Your home will be in a residential area. In a business district you will be pushed to find teenagers playing football, dogs barking and the general sort of noise pollution which you find in some residential areas. This of course depends on where you live, because the description sound like down-town Detroit.

People visit your home and if they have come to your home you will be obliged to sit with them. This may not be a serious problem but it can be and regardless if you are the only person at home then cold callers (on the phone or on your doorstep) will get the best of you. In a rented office, this may not be the case.

If you have children, then when they come home from school they will probably want to see you and play with you. If you happen to be more productive around that time you will lose out on good work.

If you do not have kids, your partner or parents (depending on who you live with) can have distractions of their own. Sometimes it can be difficult for younger freelancers to explain to their parents that being home does not mean that they are free to do chores, but they are working in the same way they would if they had rented office space.

It is significantly easier to procrastinate at home since all it takes is a walk to the other room to start watching TV. It’s very easy to get distracted with anything. Also, the idea of being at home can make you feel lazy and therefore cause you to procrastinate. Especially since you may be using the same computer which you work on during the day, to socialise on during the night. This will make it easier for you to load up Facebook and waste your life telling people what you ate for breakfast in the morning.

Working in an External Office

By renting out an office space which is separate from your home, you will have the opposite of what has been discussed above. The advantages of working at home are disadvantages of working from an external office and the disadvantages above are advantages of working in an external office.

Working in an external office will demand a demeanor of its own. You ought to feel odd wasting time from an office space or watching a Youtube video. Personally, I feel that it would cause you to work harder and in a more productive manner as the sole use of the space is for work, and work only.

Final Point

It is possible to work from home in such a way that you remove the above disadvantages and it is possible to work from an external office and manage to turn the advantages into disadvantages. This depends on the type of person.

What do you think is better, a home office or an external office? Let us know by commenting below.

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Shoaib Hussain is an web entrepreneur who was formerly a freelancer. He is the main writer and owner on and aims to enlighten young freelancers with his vast experience and deep knowledge. Shoaib Hussain also spends his time giving advice to budding freelancers and helping web businesses.

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14 Responses to “The Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home”

  1. Jordan Walker Says:

    I think having a mix between working at home and at an office would be ideal.

  2. Ted Mellin Says:

    Yes, i myself know exactly what your talking about and can relate to every point you make. Last summer i tried working from home, and the result was that even if i sat at my computer all day long, i wasn’t nearly as productive as i am now that i travel to work every day. I even carry the same computer with me to work and set it up every day. But you really do feel lazy when sitting at home, and quickly get a bit depressed because of it, which hurts your workflow. This summer i go to work 3 days a week and work from home the rest of the days, i think this will bring the balance into my life i require to get something done for real. :)

  3. Andrius Says:

    These are all valid advantages/disadvantages, but personally I think it’s better to work in a place other than where you live. Simply because after work hours you can close the office door and leave the work behind them until the next day.

  4. Dan Powell Says:

    An often overlooked advantage of working from home is that when you move, your workplace moves with you. This gives you the freedom to become a technomad.

  5. Shelby Kindla Says:

    What a positive influence your post has been to me. I hope you continue to write.

  6. Omar Hayat Says:

    i will Go for working from Office simply because there will be no Distraction in Office in Home One tend to get Lazy and Laziness = No Productivity. Your Atice is Good Keep Writing

  7. James Blante Says:

    Hello I have just read an interesting article about the growing number of women who now work from home and starting a small business. The study has shown the number of self-employed women tripling since 1976 to 960,000 in the US whilst the number of self-employed men doubled. It would seem that men like to get out of the house.


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