Guide

Use your home as a workplace

Advantages and disadvantages of working from home

Using your home for business purposes is a common choice for people who just need a small office, or who spend most of their time working at client locations. However there are advantages and disadvantages of working from home which you should be aware of.

Advantages of working from home

Working from home can have many benefits to you and your business. 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 business property
  • avoid becoming tied into long term 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 there may be disadvantages such as:

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

See advantages and disadvantages of employees working at home.