There are lots of benefits to running a home-based business, but one that isn’t talked about all that much is the absence of a work commute as a benefit. According to the US Census Bureau, Americans spend on the average 100 hours per year commuting. That’s 20 hours more than the 80 hours per year of vacation typically allotted to workers. That number is average and as with the case of averages, there are extremes on each end. New Yorkers for example, average over 220 hours per year commuting according to the Bureau. When you think about it, work commutes can eat up a lot of your time over a period of a year!
Assuming that you’re driving to and from work, the upward spiraling cost of fuel adds a more tangible cost to commuting. And aside from the problems of time and money spent commuting to and from a ‘regular job’, there are often problems relating to mental stress in such work commutes.
This is why I usually consider the ‘absence of a work commute’ to be one of the top benefits to having a home-based business. Of course, there are still places to go and certain schedules to meet, but generally your travel time can be better maximized when you’re in control of your own home-based business.