While working at home has grown in popularity over the years,  many people jump on the work at home bandwagon without considering all of the drawbacks it entails. Even though there are people who are disciplined enough to easily adapt to work at home others find the transition more difficult to make. There are many benefits to working at home, but the drawbacks need to be considered before you make the choice.

The first drawback, your current career may not easily transfer to a work at home situation. There are jobs that are simply not conducive to working from home aside from the obvious like community service professionals (police and fire), other careers may also not transition well.  Which means that you have to consider a career change.  Sales, technology and administrative positions transfer well, as do creative jobs like design and writing.  To find the right “job” you will need to do some research and find out what complements and showcases your skills and you can make a living from those skills.

Cost is another important factor in deciding if working at home is right for you. Although many women start working at home to save on childcare, there are added costs to being a Work at Home Mom. For instance,  health insurance,will have to come out of your pocket. And taxes have to be paid.  You will need to keep track of your income and expenses, and file your taxes in a timely manner.  You also need to check with local licensing laws to make sure you are in compliance.

Working at home with children is not always easy. If you have young children that aren’t in school yet, it may be difficult to work around their schedules. This can mean lots of busy nap times and late nights to get your projects done when they are sleeping. Family members can help take care of your children from time to time, but the responsibility of both your children and your job will be firmly in your hands. It will be important to find some balance in order to get everything done.

Working at home means you have to be very self-motivated and disciplined in order to get your work done on time and correctly. If you are the type of person that is needs guidance and direction to stay motivated (such as working under a manager or supervisor), then working at home may not be your cup of tea. When you work at home, there is no one there to look over your shoulder and make sure that you are still working. Distractions like the television, Internet and housework can be hindrances to your success.

Isolation can be another drawback. Working at home alone can get frustrating and lonely. Make sure you are comfortable with spending time alone, and that you take steps to combat isolation. If you are especially prone to being depressed, then the isolation that comes with working at home may make you feel withdrawn and sad. Schedule times to meet with clients in person, to attend events (such as professional organizations, nonprofit and volunteer events and social events).

Once you have taken all these factors into consideration, you may decide that working at home is not right for you. However, thousands of people deal with these drawbacks and still have successful work at home careers. These reasons should not stop you from fulfilling your goal of working from home, especially if that is really what you want to do. Just make sure you understand the realities of the work at home lifestyle before you commit to it.