Hidden costs of working from home
Tan Jee Yee | 09 Mar 2018 00:30
Working from home has its perks, but it comes with a few hidden costs one should be privy of – Freepik
When Chia Hui Choong, freelance copywriter and mother of one, plunged into the freelancing world almost four years ago, she expected her household expenses would be lowered.
“I don’t need to drive to work anymore, and since I used to work smack in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, my food and parking expenses are always pretty high,” she tells FocusM.
A year later, while doing some calculations with her husband, she found that their monthly expenses had not changed. They were still spending close to the same amount as when Chia was employed in a company. It wasn’t the big increase in savings that they both had expected.

“It’s strange, because you’d think that not commuting daily to work and not needing to pay for KL food prices, I would be able to save a lot more each month,” Chia ruminates.