The opportunity to work at home in the UK has been an option for years but it recently experienced a rapid increase in popularity. Advances in technology have made it possible to do just about any job you could think of at home. Telecommuting has also experienced a huge boost due to the rapid advances in communication technology. Despite this revolution the office does still have an important place in the working world.
Advantages such as being your own boss, working in the comfort of your own home and escaping office politics can act as double-edged sword. They can be disadvantages too. Being your own boss means you can set your own hours and have a flexible schedule to balance.
This is great for balancing your personal and work obligations but what if time management is not one of your strengths? Being your own boss also means having to juggle everything, a little like trying to play cricket all on your own.
The comfort of your home may get a little too comfortable. It's very easy to be distracted by housework when you don't feel like doing the accounts. It can also affect your professionalism and presents a greater potential for working overtime.
Office politics can be a royal pain in the behind, especially if starts affecting your work, but at least you know you're not on your own. People who work at home often begin to feel very isolated and disconnected from the rest of the world. This is particularly true for those who live on by themselves.
This doesn't mean that working at home is horrible; it just means that is challenging and requires hard work. Every disadvantage can be overcome one way or another; it's just a case of working on developing new skills and being creative in your thinking.
Self-motivation, self-discipline and time management are just some of the skills you will have to master in order to work at home successfully. Taking training courses, going to workshops, getting advice from professionals and reading books are all very useful ways to develop the skills you will need to work at home.