Telecommuting is the new term for what used to be called working at home. The difference is that most people use the term to mean working for a company from home, not working as a sole practitioner out of a home-based office. In any case, moms who want to earn a living without having to commute to an office have hundreds of choices in the computer age.
What does that mean for long-term financial stability, physical and mental well-being, and family life? The decision to turn your extra bedroom or basement store room into a place where you ply a trade is an important moment in life. It means breaking free of the morning routine, long drives, office politics, expensive clothes and brown-bag lunches that are part and parcel of the week for millions of others.
Here are a few of the top reason’s moms give for choosing this way of life:
Maybe the most obvious benefit of avoiding an office job and choosing a home-based career is the huge sense of personal freedom. Even moms who stick to a strict 40-hour week have the ability to decide on starting and ending hours, which days to work, whether to take a few hours of down-time when illness strikes or kids need extra attention, how to dress, when to eat lunch and more. The comparison is stark and is one of the primary reason’s women give for turning their house into a place of employment.
Better Mental Health
Women who work as freelance writers, programmers, business consultants, educators, and even home-based attorneys routinely report having a better level of mental health. There’s something inherently invigorating about never having to deal with pessimistic co-workers, fight for a parking space, negotiate rush-hour traffic or hurry to gulp down a quick breakfast after a four-minute shower that does wonders for the mind.
Surveys have shown that moms who work this way suffer fewer bouts of depression, anxiety, and feelings of burnout. It’s easy to find a therapist if life’s problems become overwhelming. Whether you have children or not, the lack of office stress is perhaps the main advantage of telecommuting.
Stronger Ties to Children
Moms who have young children often work in their homes by necessity. Whether they make that decision to avoid putting the little ones in day care or just to give more attention to a newborn, working from home is a great way to develop closer ties to children. Even if the youngsters are in school for most of the day, they never have to worry about returning to an empty house at the end of the day. Studies have shown that when one or both parents turn the house into a place of work, children benefit in numerous ways.
When you don’t have a traditional job, you don’t need to dress for the office. That translates into much lower clothing expenses. It also saves money on gasoline, automobile wear and tear, food costs and vehicle maintenance.