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The pros and cons of stay at home jobs

Think stay at home jobs sound like a dream come true? After all, who wouldn't want to earn money from the comfort of their own home? In actual fact, there are a number of real disadvantages associated with working from home - as well as lots of advantages too, of course.

The advantages of stay at home jobs

Let's start with the pros, because they're more obvious. The first is that you'll be able to work from your home - which means no commuting, no worrying about what to wear to the office, no office politics to deal with... there are lot of reasons why working at home is an advantage.

Many stay at home jobs offer the additional benefit of flexible hours - meaning you can work when and where suits you. This means that you can fit your professional life around your personal life, and not the other way around.

The disadvantages of stay at home jobs

However, working from home has its down sides too. Many people find the experience to be an isolating one: they miss the companionship and the social side of working in an office.

As employers know that they won't have any difficulties filling a telecommuting position, they are unlikely to offer a very competitive salary. The typical wage for most work from home jobs hover around the minimum wage mark. And because lots of telecommuters are freelance, they may even earn less than this.

Freelancing has disadvantages of its own - such as no pension plan, no paid holidays, no sick pay and you'll have to sort out your own tax affairs.

In addition, there may be less opportunity for career advancement with stay at home jobs than there would be with office based roles. There are proportionally fewer management or senior positions in work from home jobs than there are in office based jobs, for example.

Ultimately, you should weigh up all the positives and negatives against your personal circumstances when considering whether a stay at home job is right for you.

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