Working From Home: The Pros and Cons
Written By Jenny Holt
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34%, or 54 million Americans are working online today. This number is expected to rise to 40% of the population by 2020.
For people in the creative industry such as scriptwriters, graphic designers, and even app developers, the freedom to work from anywhere but an office is a godsend.
Let's take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of working from home for people in the creative industries.
Benefit: Control Over the Working Environment
For those with creative careers, something as small as lighting can change the artistic mood. Some creative professionals work late when there are few or no people in the work building. Others choose to work when listening to music so as to shut out distracting noises.
At some point, a professional may weigh the pros and cons of working remotely and decide to base themselves at home. Doing so, not only allows for the elimination of unwanted distractions, but it also gives the artist the latitude to customize the working space to their own specific level of satisfaction.
Drawback: Lack of Synergy
Creative processes are refined by the depth and breadth of new ideas. The fact is, no one person has a monopoly on creativity. More often than not, the best ideas come as a result of the combined efforts of several people.
When working from home, the creative professional is removed from the synergy of a group setting. Ideas and design products, therefore, might have serious weaknesses or inefficiencies that could have been avoided in a collaborative undertaking.
Benefit: Ease in Relocation to Chase Opportunities
One of the big benefits of working from home is the ability to pack up and go where the action is. If a freelance developer wants to be near venture capitalists and incubation centers, he or she can simply pack up and go. The client base will still get served because the freelancer moves with his or her tools of work.
Jenny Holt is a freelance writer and mother of two. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she's left the corporate world behind.