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Back in November of last year, I handed in my resignation to live my dream of working self-employed and working from home. It was a relatively easy decision for me to make; I had a young baby at home that needed looking after, external childcare costs were eye watering to say the least and my eldest child was at primary school. Finding a job in the workplace that allows you to fit work around being there for your family is nigh impossible, unless you want to work from home.
Benefits of working from home
Working from home isn’t a new thing but it is on the rise. Lots of people are now discovering that to lead the lifestyles they desire, they need to be able to work flexibly. In my own experience, I need to be able to work around looking after my little boy and do the school run twice a day. I need to be able to attend the workshop that my childs primary school puts on or attend the celebration assembly if my son has been selected. We don’t have any savings to spend on childcare and we won’t get any funded hours for nursery until my son is 3 years old. Therefore he has to stay at home with me during the week with a day at his Grandparents and playgroup thrown in for good measure.
During nap times, I am super productive. I can reply to emails, set up areas for photographs, take the photographs, make phone calls, do life-admin, empty the dishwasher, change the washing. Those two hours (if I’m lucky) are the most productive times of my day and I can cram in lots of tasks. When both my boys are in bed asleep, I can work from my home office which I have furnished with all the things to make life easier working from home and work comfortably knowing that I am earning my share of the bills whilst the rest of the household sleeps. I have a desk that allows me to spread out my work, organise my tasks and lock the door and walk away if I need to. Our home office is a little haven away from the chaos of everyday family life.
Another huge bonus of working from home is that I can be more frugal with the family finances. I don’t need to fill up my car with petrol every week, I don’t need to make sure I have enough lunch and snacks in to take to work, I can eat when I’m hungry and use the microwave or oven at my leisure. I don’t need to buy smart office wear and I can get away with wearing my jeans and a t-shirt everyday if I want to.
Working from home isn’t for everyone and you need to find work or run a business that allows you to earn money from working from home but there are jobs out there and it can be done. It’s not easy but it is worth it.