When I made the decision to work from home as a freelance writer, I knew it would have its advantages and disadvantages. The most important advantage for me was the financial benefits. Here are some of the ways I save money while working from home.
If I were to work outside my home, chances are I would have some sort of dress code. Depending on the type of work this could be anything from super dressy clothes to the classic work uniform. Either way, it could cost me money. Working at home allows me to avoid the cost of work clothes because I can work from my sofa in my pajamas, which doesn't cost me a thing. A friend of mine recently started a new job and spent $250 building a work wardrobe, so I can assume I'm saving close to that amount.
Working outside the home would also involve transportation. We only have one vehicle, so I would likely have to rely on public transportation. I could choose to use the "Tarc" bus, which would cost me $42 a month, or I could also use a local cab service, which would could easily cost me $150 a month. Working at home means the only transportation I need are my feet to get me to my office chair. The potential savings here are huge.
Let's face it, people have to eat. I know that no matter where I work I will have to eat lunch; however, working at home saves me money for sure. Even if I plan to take my lunch to work every single day, there will always be company outings or lunches with friends that pop up. My husband works outside the home and rarely eats lunch, but there are occasions where he goes out to eat with the other members of his team. When he eats out he can spend anywhere from $20 to $50 depending on the restaurant they go to. Working from home allows me to avoid this for the most part. I am able to eat left overs from the previous nights dinner, which saves me money and keeps us from wasting money by throwing the food out. I estimate that I'm saving around $25 a month on lunch foods alone, which is $300 a year.
In the end, I save no less than $550 by working from home. I know it isn't an option for every family, but it works for mine. The savings we have from avoiding the costs above makes up for the difference in my salary. If there comes a time where working from home no longer suits my family, I will have to bite the bullet and re-enter the traditional 9pm to 5pm workforce.
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