Guide

Use your home as a workplace

Advantages and disadvantages of working from home

Using your home as your business premises is a common choice for people who just need a small office, or who spend most of their time working on client premises.

Advantages of working from home

Working from home can have many benefits. You may find it helps you to:

  • save on start-up costs, as you do not need to buy or rent business premises
  • save time that would be spent on looking for suitable property
  • avoid becoming tied into long tenancy agreements
  • arrange work around family commitments
  • get help from family - for example they may help you with filing or general administration tasks
  • save on time and money spent travelling to work
  • avoid the noise and distractions of the workplace

Disadvantages of working from home

However, there are challenges to working from home too. You may find you have trouble with:

  • separating home and work life
  • the initial expense of setting up
  • domestic distractions and interruptions
  • isolation/loneliness