Michelle isn't the only one who's making the switch to working from home, I recently accepted a job that is 100% remote, and as of this Monday, I'm working remotely – from home.
This isn't the first time I've worked from home, I actually have done it in two other jobs, so while I know what to expect – it's still an adjustment. One of the biggest things to change – besides talking to coworkers exclusively through a screen, is my budget. Working from home changes my expenses in ways that I didn't initially anticipate, and it's not all savings.
Here are some of the ways working from home is good, and bad, for my wallet.
Save On Gas
For one thing, I don't spend as much money on gas, because I'm not commuting anymore. I wake up, do some housework, make my breakfast, and sit down on the couch to get started with work.
If I chose, I don't even have to leave the house! This is my first month of working remotely, but I wouldn't be surprised to come in under budget for gas costs this month. I'm also really looking forward to what the decreased mileage is going to do to the maintenance costs for my vehicle – hello less frequent oil changes! [Read more…]