Pros And Cons Of Working From HomeOn December 1, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Today we’re talking about the pros and
cons of working from home. I worked from home for 10 years. And definitely have
some experience on what are the pros and cons. I’m experiencing one of the
pros right now. I mean check this out. So, I’m here on a small remote island
that I had to access by boat. And I’ve been here for many days all by myself.
Now, there’s a couple that are preparing my meals and they’re here to fix
anything if it breaks. But all the other… There’s three bungalows the other 2
are empty. It’s just me. I’ve been solo for many
days. And I’ve got today, I’ve got tomorrow. I’m so excited. This place is… In
fact, you know this place has been life-changing for me.
Okay. So, I’ve worked from home for 10 years. I’ve got 14 employees in the
Philippines that all work from their home. And I have two videographers,
filming assistants that they work from their homes. So, I’ve got a lot of
experience myself. And I’m going to share some perspectives and include my team
and have them share with you some of the pros and cons of working from home.
-Working from home gives me more time with my family. -I get to have like
control of my time. -The best thing about outsourcing is you get to manage your
time very well. -You have a lot of time and flexible. Decide that you spend time
with your family. You also have some time for yourself as well. -You get to manage
to your schedule ahead of time. -Working from home gives me the
opportunity to take care of my dogs. -So, the biggest pro is freedom of time.
That’s one that I think of right off the bat is I get to control my schedule. I
didn’t have to ask to get 9 days off of work well that would include weekends.
But I took a nine day trip to come here to the Philippines. And I just picked the
time of the year that I wanted to come. Definitely a huge blessing that I
appreciate it the entire time I’ve been self-employed is the freedom of time. Now,
the contrast that, let me share a con of kind of working from home. Out of the
last 10 years, the first 8 were a financial rollercoaster.
I mean significantly. There were times that I remember sitting in the Walmart
parking lot and being in tears wondering how am I going to buy diapers for my
daughter. Knowing that our was in the negative. And my plan that I
came up with as well I will write a check. Because back then
checks… You could buy things with checks and then they’d go to the bank and then
they would you know either be rejected then or put her kick-out more in the
negative. I also remember going to my mom one time
and asking for money. It meant… It doesn’t seem like that was that long ago. And she
says, “Nate, why don’t you get a job?” You know… And
that that really hurt because I love entrepreneurship. I feel that I’m growing
and learning and I believe I’m creating something. And I was really painful and
and that’s really a con. So, you don’t have… You don’t have job security or
income security. It can be a real financial struggle. Now, to talk about the
blessings. I have to say the last couple years, things have totally turned around.
I’m making more revenue and income now than I could have ever made as a dentist.
That was my original plan. So, you know, the financial side of it can be a plus
and a negative. So, to talk about a pro again. I love that I don’t have to
commute. You know, traffic in Utah can get bad during rush hour if they’re
somewhere that I need to be and I have to drive during rush hour. It’s pretty
lame. It can double or triple the length of time to get somewhere. Compared to
what my team has to endure in traffic in Manila area. It’s a…
Manila’s traffic can be crazy. I mean it can take a 20 minute drive and turn it
into 2 hours. Let me have them share the benefits of not having a commute.
-Outsourcing is a good thing especially when it comes to No More commutes. -No
traffic, no tax and big income. -Save time. Because here in
the Philippines, there’s a lot of traffic. -Okay, to talk about another con… And this is
something that I’ve only considered a con in the last couple of years. And that
is that it’s hard to separate work when you work from home. Now, I’ve lived in a
couple different houses over the last 10 years. And in one house, my office was
down in the basement. Then we had her sister-in-law move in. And I moved my
desk in my office up to the master bedroom.
So, it was bedroom and office. And our new home. I had a separate room for my office
but for a while I didn’t have a door well as having a custom barn door built.
Anyway, all different types of scenarios and I’ve actually come to a point where
I’m getting an office outside of the home. So, now after 10 years, a few days
before it came here to the Philippines, I actually got the keys and I’ve got a
really nice office space. It’s a 10-minute Drive. There’s not traffic if I
don’t have to drive on the freeway to get to it. So, I won’t really have a
commute. So, where I’m at right now, I want to be a better husband and I want to be
a better father. And when I’m home, I want to be home. I don’t want to be at work.
And what I found because of my workplace and my home have been the same space,
it’s been hard for me to turn off work mode. I mean, always thinking about work
I’m always checking emails or wanting to respond to team communication. So now, in
getting a new office space. I’m going to be able to go to work. Do my work. Focus. Not
be distracted and then when I’m done I’ll go home. And I’ll be able to be at
home with my family. Alright. My team talked about the privilege of not having
to commute. But they also talked about some other pros and cons of working from
home. -The best thing about working from home as I can work… I can go to work
wearing my boxers. What I don’t like about it is I’m always
alone. -Yeah. You get to work at the comfort of your home. But your home
becomes your workplace. So, you just have trouble mixing those. -Working from
home is very convenient because you are able to support and earn money without
the need to leave your families. -I get to spend more time with my family. -It helps
me to spend more time with my family. -Actually convenient but then that also
means that you have no physical breakbeat.
-And what I don’t like about it as I get goes… It gets lonely sometimes.
-The disadvantage also is when you have do chores at home. -It’s also exhausting
because you have to do everything all in one time and all at the same place. -But
the downside is that I have to work alone so I miss a lot of team building.
-And to go out sometimes and enjoy social interactions with other people. -You don’t
get to build relationships with your co-workers as much as when you work in offices. -So,
that’s why I came here to the Philippines. So, we can have a
team-building activity. We just did 2 breakout rooms. We went to lunch. Last
night we went to dinner. Got to be here with my team. Okay, I want to talk about
another angle of kind of the freedom of time. Really I’ll call it the freedom of
choice. But I really get to do what I want when on my own boss. I love that. And
it can backfire, right? I love my ideas. I feel I’m very creative. I feel that I
have good input and opinions. And I want to implement. And I want to be the one to
create. And I get to do that. Being self-employed. But sometimes, I haven’t
been very strict with my schedule or my plan. And I don’t set an alarm and so I
woken up in the morning like “Hmmm, what do I want to do today?” And weeks or
months go by… And I’m not near as productive as I would have liked to have
been. I’m in a space where that’s fine. Meaning I’m not suffering because of it.
But on the other hand, I’ve got some very lofty goals. And I realized I’ve really
got to step things up to be able to achieve these goals. And so that’s why
I’ve gotten the office space now outside. So, this place really is cool. Let me show
you. That’s the beach and that’s my footprints from when I last went down
into the ocean. Went kayaking out that direction yesterday. Found some amazing
hidden beaches. It was just… This place is great. So, I hope you found
this video helpful and just introducing some of the major pros and cons of
working from home. Okay, I’ve got 2 things for it. We’re going to do a poll and
get some comments from people who do work from home. So, the poll above is do
you work from home or not. And then for those of you that do work from home,
please add to this discussion. Go ahead and comment below and share some of the
pros and cons that you found. Because I only discussed a couple of them here. And
while you’re here on YouTube, I’ve got a great video teaching you why I hire
people in the Philippines that’s the next great step for you to be able to
really work from home. So, go ahead and watch that video next.