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When you start working a nine to five job, it seems like you’ve peaked. You’ve done everything you’re supposed to as an adult – support your family, achieve your career goals, and solidify yourself as a responsible member of society. Working from home, in light of this, can get a bad rap. That’s only the case, though, for people who don’t know how re-energizing flexible working life can be. At this point, nearly 57.3 million people work from home or as freelancers as part of their careers. These people are still supporting their families, but also better integrating their work lives with their daily responsibilities. What are the benefits of working from home, then, and how can that shift in employment change the way you interact with your family?

You Control Your Schedule

While you’ll still be working a reasonable number of hours a day, freelancing, flexible work, or monetizing a blog will allow you to decide when your work will get done. As such, you can spend your mornings making sure that your kids get to school on time and your afternoons in the quiet of your office, making sure you meet deadlines. This sort of flexibility not only reduces the amount of stress you’ll feel over the course of the day, but it lets you spend more time with your family. No need to fail to pick up a sick kid from school or miss an afternoon soccer game – just rearrange your schedule, and you’ll be set to go.

Working To Your Energy Level

Flexible working life will also allow you to work to your energy level. If you’ve been in the workforce for some time, this means that you can take more frequent breaks during the day with less pressure. For people who struggle with their mental health, working from home provides the opportunity to complete necessary tasks without the social anxieties of an office environment.

Introducing Your Children to Responsibility

If you’re a parent working from home, you’ll also have the opportunity to serve as a positive example of hard work for your child. A number of people will note that it can be more difficult to work from home or more flexibly when you have children, especially children who are too young to go to school. However, by taking time out of your day to play with them, eat with them, and also to work where they can see you, you can demonstrate to your kids one way to live healthily and happily. Your children will also learn how to be more responsible as they emulate your work practices.

Put your family first, then, and see if there’s a way to add some flexibility to your work schedule. Consider freelancing, if you like, or talk with your supervisor and see if you can’t work from home more frequently. Your kids and loved ones will enjoy the opportunity to see you more often, and your work ethic – and the results you produce – will improve for it.

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