For some people, working from home may seem like the dream job. As with everything in life, however, there are two sides to every story, and setting up your office in your home isn't any different. There are both pros and cons to transforming part of your home into your workplace, and it isn't a lifestyle which suits everyone.

Pros

Working from home has many advantages. You will find that you have more free time, you can be more flexible, and you can even save money.

Travel Time

Not commuting to the office can save you time and money. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint, as you won't need to drive or take the bus to work. Less commuting can even help reduce your stress levels.

You can also save a lot of time and money. Because you aren't commuting as much, you can use the time saved to do other things. Moreover, you will save money from not having to pay to commute to work. You can also write off some of your home expenses in your taxes.

Family

For some people, being close to their family is important. By working from home, you can be available when help is needed. This is especially helpful for parents, as you can arrange your work schedule around your parenting duties and have more time to spend with your family.

Flexibility

It's also possible to be a lot more flexible with your time. You can usually decide on your own working times depending on when you're the most productive. You can also choose what you want to wear and create an environment that stimulates productivity.

Fewer Distractions

If you work in a busy office, you may have people regularly stopping by your desk and interrupting your work flow. At home, you can create a quiet space and shut yourself off from the world to concentrate on your work. Fewer distractions means that you can be more productive and efficient. You can get a lot more done in a shorter space of time, and use this extra time to do something else.

Cons

Unfortunately, it's not all good news. It takes a certain degree of self-discipline to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and not everyone can do it. If you're able to maintain a good level of productivity, then you may find that the pros far outweigh the cons.

More Distractions

You may find that there are more distractions at home than you might have had at work. Instead of co-workers interrupting your work flow, you may find that the TV, kids, dogs, and other things distract you. Moreover, as you don't have anyone looking over your shoulder, you may get distracted by your favorite websites or spend too long on Facebook. You'll need have self-discipline to ensure that you don't get easily distracted.

Less Human Contact

Some people thrive when they are in contact with other people; they may find working from home to be lonely and the lack of human contact isolating. If you're a "people person," then you may find working from home to be difficult.

Burnout

One of the biggest reasons for wanting to work at home is the idea that it is less stressful. This may be true for many people, but working from home can still be quite stressful at times. You may find that you're working 12-plus hours every day and even skipping lunch and dinner to focus on work. To avoid burnout, you should ensure that you keep your professional and personal lives as separate as possible.

Slacking Off

When you don't have to go to the office, there is usually no pressure to start work at any particular time. You may be tempted to delay your start time, and this may then interfere with your private life. It's important that you have the self-discipline to maintain productivity.

Working from home may sound like a dream come true for many people, but it's not always as rosy as it seems. There are many advantages, including more free time, less stress, and money saved. However, you may have less contact with other people or be distracted by your kids, your dog, or even your friends. You'll need a high level of self-discipline to ensure that you continue to be productive.