The Pros And Cons Of Working From Home

Pro: You can wear a muumuu to work

I’m a post-modern work baby, which means I have no concept of what it means to work in an office that enforces a dress code and has Casual Fridays. I’ve actually only worked from an office one time and it was for three months at an edgy magazine that encouraged you to wear a Balenciaga trash bag to work. I don’t own a pair of slacks, a tie, or a conservative button down. If I ever worked for an old school media company, I would have to buy an entirely new wardrobe. So thank my lucky stars that I work for a funky downtown NYC blog! I can work from home and wear a Nutella-stained nightgown if I so desire. I can wander down my hallway in a dazed state, running my nails up and down my walls, which is something I do at least once a day.

Con: Ew, you can wear a muumuu to work

Being able to wear what you want can be a double-edged sword because sometimes you need to look chic for your own sanity. Most of the time, I don’t even work from home though; I go to a cafe called V Bar on St. Marks and 1st Avenue (Come visit me at work! Just kidding. Don’t.). V Bar is a blogger’s wet dream because it’s huge, has ample outlets, great wifi and no one is EVER in here. Most places in the East Village are overrun with the unemployed so it’s sort of impossible to find a place to sit with direct outlet access. But not V Bar,no sirrie. No one dares to tread in here for some reason. Coming here forces me to look presentable every day. I’m not about to roll up here in my jammies with chocolate stains on my mouth. I have to look like I’m a functioning member of society.

Pro: You can roll out of a bed five minutes before work

This is the best thing about working from home, in my opinion. When people tell me that they commute from like South Brooklyn to Midtown, my heart breaks for them. I cannot fathom having a 45 minute commute every day because working from home has spoiled the hell out of me. Every day, I roll out of bed at 8:45, throw some clothes on, run some gunk through my hair (it gives me the illusion that I “styled” myself that day} and am logged on twenty minutes later. I mean, are you kidding me? No one told me that life could be this good! When I was in college, everyone was instilling fear in me about the corporate world, the punishing 9-to-5 grind and commute. Suckers! I masturbate on the clock!

Con: There’s no separation between work and home

When you work from home, you can start to go a little cray cray. Your apartment is meant to be your sanctuary, a reprieve from your workday. But when you work and live in the same space, lines have a tendency to get completely blurred. I worked for TC during the winter while living alone in a studio apartment, and I think things got a little The Shining for me. It’s just not healthy to spend that much time in your apartment. You start to feel isolated and weird. Instead of coming home after a long workday, you’re just…home. It makes it hard to know when to stop working.

Pro: You can drink on the clock without judgement

Bring Mad Men into the now by drinking on the J-O-B. Having a glass of wine when you work from home is a great perk and an awesome way to foster creativity! Truth to be told, I’ve never done it. If I have one glass of wine, I start to feel woozy and can barely stare at the computer screen, let alone type. But I know there are plenty of functional alcoholics who can do stuff while drunk. This pro is for you!

Con: By being at home, you’re living on temptation island

Your home is your pleasure chest. There’s bottles of wine, spare Xanax lying around, and junk food in the cupboards. It’s too distracting! How can you ever be productive when there’s TV to watch and mind-altering substances to take? Yeah, working from home, can often lead to you getting day drunk and telling your boss you mysteriously lost your internet connection. TC mark

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  • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

    Not going to stalk you at V Bar, but making note of this for future “must work, not at home” moments. Also, this post serves as a reminder as to why being a 9-5’er is sapping my will to live. Thanks Ryan!

  • a.

    YES. Working from home (ahem, at Kean Coffee) is the best thing ever.

  • Guest

    were you at home, a little buzzed, when you wrote this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/allie.wandner Allie Wandner

    Story of my life, as I comment on this in my gap body robe having just eaten a spoonful of nutella. #dark

  • GUESTO

    All I wanted to say is I’m typing on the exact fucking laptop that’s the thumbnail for this article.

    • GUESTO

      No, that wasn’t relevant.

  • spinflux

    This Oatmeal comic made me scared to work from home, though I do so pretty frequently: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/working_home

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500654073 Kevin Kelly Kenkel

    how much money does a work-at-homer earn? or in this case, a work-at-home blogger? does not seem very lucrative

  • http://www.facebook.com/earthtonichole EarthToNichole

    Try working from home when your live-in boyfriend also works from home. Actually don’t.

  • ks

    “When you work from home, you can start to go a little cray cray. ”

    All I could think of is the “Stir Crazy” moodlet on the Sims.

  • S N Cosme

    You hit the Catch-22 of being a freelancer right on its the head. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leti-Gomez/1318520335 Leti Gomez

    true, true, true, true and true!!! I do however feel the greatest gift from working from home, or telework, or virtual office work, is TIME. And knowing when to end your work day is the gift wrap, actually “shutting your office door” at that time is the bow!!!

  • frugal_kate

    Despite the cons, I still would taking working from home any day. In Hong Kong, I feel privileged to be able to sleep until noon, save myself from commuting in super crowded trains and working in a toxic, depressing and overworked  environment. Not to mention the fucking bosses who make your life hell. There’s NO GOING BACK TO HELL FOR ME!

  • Valia Lee

    Nice article. I like being able to roll out of bed and walk ten feet to my computer haha. I made a similar article and brought up some points like these plus some different ones – my blog can be found here http://valiablogs.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-pros-and-cons-of-working-at-home/ 

  • Valia Lee

    Nice article. I like being able to roll out of bed and walk ten feet to my computer haha. I made a similar article and brought up some points like these plus some different ones – my blog can be found here http://valiablogs.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-pros-and-cons-of-working-at-home/ 

  • Valia Lee

    Nice article. I like being able to roll out of bed and walk ten feet to my computer haha. I made a similar article and brought up some points like these plus some different ones – my blog can be found here http://valiablogs.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-pros-and-cons-of-working-at-home/ 

  • Valia Lee

    Nice article. I like being able to roll out of bed and walk ten feet to my computer haha. I made a similar article and brought up some points like these plus some different ones – my blog can be found here http://valiablogs.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-pros-and-cons-of-working-at-home/ 

  • Valia Lee

    Nice article. I like being able to roll out of bed and walk ten feet to my computer haha. I made a similar article and brought up some points like these plus some different ones – my blog can be found here http://valiablogs.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-pros-and-cons-of-working-at-home/ 

  • Valia Lee

    Nice article. I like being able to roll out of bed and walk ten feet to my computer haha. I made a similar article and brought up some points like these plus some different ones – my blog can be found here http://valiablogs.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-pros-and-cons-of-working-at-home/ 

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