Today is a better time than ever before to consider doing work from home. More and more people are losing their jobs through no fault of their own. Some have been in companies for many years who have recently downsized to cut costs or have experienced financial difficulties themselves.
If you have taken some time off to raise children or care for your family, but still want to keep some of your professional skills sharp, there are many companies that offer part time home based employment, where you may even be able to set your own hours or schedule. This allows you to keep up with industry and professional trends, while also avoiding that dreaded gap of employment in the resume. You may also be able to provide more individualized attention or service, which will give you the edge over other companies.
Being laid off does not have to be the end of the world. It can be an opportunity to begin a new way of working with the convenience and comforts of determining when, where and how you work. If you are a professional with plenty of contacts, regardless of the industry, you may be able to set up a home office and start providing services right away. Attorneys, insurance agents, consultants, data entry clerks, transcription specialists, teachers, tutors and even some college professors now perform most of their daily tasks from the comfort of their home offices.
This is a growing trend that has many advantages for companies and individuals. The cost of benefits and health insurance is eliminated for the employer. For the individual, costs of driving to an office and even for child care can be eliminated, allowing extra income at the end of the month for other expenses. Â
To work from home, usually a comfortable desk and chair, a dedicated work space and a computer and peripherals are all that is needed. The space does not have to be an extra room in the house, though this is the ideal situation. It can be a corner of a quiet room or a nook or any space that may lend itself to some privacy when needed. The best part of designing your own office is that you can be as cheap or elaborate as you want. Some people may choose to select modern desks of steel and glass with matching contemporary bookshelves. Others may look for stately wood furniture and storage units.
In addition to saving on costs associated with going to an office, you can often work late at night or early in the morning, when everyone in the house is asleep. Or you may simply be able to take time off for a child's school play or sports event. You can plan vacations any time of the year you want when you work from home. You will not have to compete with co-workers.