The Pros And Cons Of Working At Home

Last Update: May 25, 2019

The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Working With A Home Business

Hi Folks

Ok you have taken the decision that you want to work from home with your own business. You want to be your own boss.

Congratulations, you have made a start, but did you really think being your own boss with your own business through before you took the plunge?

What I'm saying is. You have got to realise something about life. Life has a certain balance: there is no pleasure without pain, and there are no pros without cons.

This is my take on the upsides and downsides of home businesses.

Pro: Independence.

You do what you want, when you want. No-one else can screw up your hard work, and you don’t need to depend on anyone but yourself. Your days of being told what to do are over. And there’s no dress code, either! Many people who work from home admit to sitting around in their pyjamas all day, or even working in the nude.

Con: No Security.

With independence, though, comes responsibility. There’s nobody to carry you if you do badly one day – if you don’t make any money for the business, then you don’t get paid. People like certainty in their lives (that’s why they spend big bucks on insurance) – it can be hard to live with this ultimate step into performance-related pay. You might find yourself quickly wishing you had a regular wage again.

Pro: Flexible Working.

You decide your hours. If you want to take Wednesday off and work Saturday instead, then no-one’s stopping you. If you’d like to get up early and cram all your work into the mornings so you can have the afternoons off, then hey, you’re the boss. Such flexibility can be a massive relief after years of working nine to five.

Con: Work Never Ends.

When you work from home, it can be tempting to be constantly monitoring things, even when you’ve decided you’re not working. The only person who can handle a crisis is you – and crises have a tendency to happen in the middle of the night, or on your day off.

Pro: Keeping All the Money.

Everything you earn is yours to keep. It can be truly disheartening to work somewhere where cash is being handled, and realising that the takings for the day add up to a hundred times more than you got paid. You know that someone’s getting rich off your back, but it’s not you – working from home makes you the fatcat at the top.

Con: Doing Everything.

Not all that money was profit, you know. It goes on things like marketing, management, stock control, deliveries, and so on. Suddenly you have to manage everything that goes on in your business – you deal with suppliers on one end and customers on the other, you have to do all the budgeting and spending, and you become your own marketing department. You get to deal with all the fun tax issues, too.

Pro: No More Commuting.

Commuting is expensive, painful, and can feel like a complete waste of time – just think of all the time and money most people spend travelling to and from work. When you have a home business, you just get up and you’re right next to your workplace – isn’t that convenient?

Con: One Less Room.

Your house can feel a lot smaller when you’ve had to set one room aside as your ‘home office’. When you’re not working, it just sits there, useless, and meanwhile your kids are getting upset at how small their bedrooms are.

Pro: A Healthier Lifestyle.

When you only have an hour’s lunch break to do everything you need to do, you can end up running yourself into the ground and not eating properly. Working from home lets you do your errands when you want, and eat good food every day.

Con: The Loneliness.

If you’re the only one around in your house during the day, it avoids distractions – but it can also feel very lonely. If you’re the kind of person who likes being around other people, you can start to get quite depressed.


If you talk to anyone who works from home, they’ll probably say that for them, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Once you’re doing your own thing and feeling great, it’s hard to go back to a salary existence – and remember, it’s far easier to work around your problems in a home business than it is to deal with any problems you might have at work.

There you go folks and if anyone thinks I've missed a pro or a con then by all means leave it below via a comment.

Have a great weekend and be successful.

Robert Allan

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Vickic3 Premium
Hi Robert
I have been self-employed all my working life so I love everything about working from home
For everyone who hasn't had this opportunity, I would say Discipline is the best strength to have
Go well
Robert-A Premium
Hello Vickie.
It must be Sunday where you are now so you must be an early bird. I suppose Carol will still be fast asleep lol
I'm about to sign off for the night myself.
Thank you for reading and yes I entirely agree working for yourself beats a normal 9 to 5 hands down.
AwhituGirl Premium
Great tips as always Robert. I would have to agree there is nothing like the freedom of working from home . For me I found not having a structure put in place for the day often would up being not a productive day. So for me it’s distractions and missing chitchat with my work buddies.
Robert-A Premium
C'mon now Pam, was the chit-chat all that interesting?
Much better working for yourself and yes it might get a wee bit lonely at times but your working for yourself so that must give you a life when you do feel a wee bit down.
Onwards and upwards Pam and never look back.
Thomashowar1 Premium
Well Robert you have just put an idea for a blog that tells the Government to go to the moon and don't come back .
Robert-A Premium
Hi Thomas and thank you for stopping by.
Glad you liked it and it has given you an idea.
I take it the trip to the moon would be one-way lol.
Enjoy your Saturday.
Linda103 Premium
I find the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. I could not go and work for someone else now.
It can be tough to be disciplined and focused at first but once you get the habit it's fine.
Robert-A Premium
I agree Linda.
When you first start it can be quite overwhelming but you soldier on and gradually you start to make sense of it all and everything falls into place.
It really is a step by step learning process just like any other new job you start.
You know virtually nothing when you start and you have to learn.
Its as simple as that.
Thank you for dropping by and reading my blog and have a great Saturday.
Linda103 Premium
Thank you Robert, enjoy your weekend.
Robert-A Premium
No probs Linda and enjoy the week to come as well.
Brenda63 Premium
Con: must be responsible to pay your own taxes and file a profit and loss statement if in US reporting to IRS, need hire CPA or tax accountant.
Robert-A Premium
Hi Brenda and thank you for reading and for your input.
Thank you also for your Tax Info.
We in the UK have to inform our HMRC but as I'm not a US Citizen I have to rely on people such as yourself to give the relevant info.
Enjoy your Saturday.