Working from home can be a viable option for some. We are going to look at the options, the advantages and disadvantages of taking up this option.

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Working from home is becoming a common career choice for many of us. Whether you decide to start your own home business providing a service, selling things on eBay or Trade Me, completing paid surveys or become a freelance writer, the possibilities for working from home are endless. There are many benefits that come with working from home. There are also a lot of downfalls. Here, we will take a closer look at some of these advantages and disadvantages.


1. The main advantage of working from home is that there are no hidden costs. For example, when you work away from home, you are going to need transport. That cost adds up over time. By working from home, you avoid these costs.

2. It is more convenient. With some online jobs, you can wake up whenever and then just do your work. You do not always need to worry about following a schedule, or anything like that. Of course, you will typically have deadlines for the work that you need to complete, but it will be much more flexible than a 9-5 job.

3. Family can help out. For example, if you are a freelance writer and you have a certain amount of articles that you need to have written in a short amount of time, you can ask one of your family members or even one of your friends to complete some for you, or you could hire a freelance writer to complete it.


1. No health benefits. However, if you are interested in having them, you can buy your own. From my experience though, not too many employers offer health benefits with employment contracts, so I'd consider this disadvantage negligible.

2. Some people do not know how to separate their family or home life from their work life. Working from home is not as "easy" as some people may make it out to be. The work does not complete itself. You still need to commit yourself just as much as you would if you were working in a workplace setting.

3. People get lonely. Most people see work as a place to socialise and make friends. For some, being by yourself all day can get depressing.

The best way to see whether it is viable for you to work from home is to try it part-time before embarking on it fulltime. Of course part-time only may suit you down to the ground.

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