My main office is 22 miles from my house according to Mapquest. That would mean that in a normal week I drive at least 220 miles. I hardly ever have an assignment closer to my house than our main office is.
My car gets approximately 30 miles per gallon which would mean that I would use about 7 1/3 gallons of gas in a week just driving to and from work. At $2.25/gallon, which is the going rate around here, that would be about $16.50/week in gas or $825/year if I subtract off two weeks of vacation time.
Since I’m not really in the mood to disclose how much I make at my job, I’ll make up a career. A legal administrative assistant in Chicago, IL makes about $42K/year, which is about $20/hr. So, assuming my personal numbers above are pretty average, that person would be working about 50 minutes a week just to pay for the gas of their commute.
That same person would spend about 80 minutes a work day in their car, or 400 minutes a week. That is 6 2/3 hours unpaid driving time per week.
Get rid of your commute, you save 6 2/3 hours a week of free labor and $16.50 of gas. If you can find a way to get paid for those extra 6 2/3 hours while you work from home, you can make nearly an extra $7000 per year during time when you would have otherwise been paying to drive.
Or you could just spend the extra time with your family. I have been enjoying this working from home the last few weeks. I had to drive into work for a couple hours to train somebody today. I am not looking forward to heading back to the office full time when this assignment is done.