Are you feeling overwhelmed with your work-life balance? Unhappy with your current office setting or distractions at work? Working remotely isn’t for everyone, but for the people who are able to “work from home” or “telework,” it can be a game changer. Here are the top 5 benefits of working remotely – and why it might work for you too!
1. Working remotely saves you hours each day.
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? How long does it take you to commute to and from work? Add up this time and some people are looking at 3-4 hours a day! Working from home provides you the opportunity to either wake up a little later, start a little earlier, or just work longer and more effectively. If you’re saving 3 hours each day, then you’ll be saving roughly 31 days per year! Think of what you can do with an extra month of your life is it’s not spent commuting.
2. It also saves you incredible amounts of money.
Whether you get to work by driving, commuter train, bus, Uber, or another method, you’re likely shelling out some serious cash each day to get there. Commuting isn’t cheap, and neither is dressing for success. When you work remotely, you no longer need to spend hundreds each month getting to and from work or purchasing suitable work attire.
3. Working outside of an office allows you to define your own comfort.
Like to work at a cool and crisp 65 degrees? Have a preference for heavy metal while you input data on excel? Want to listen to a murder podcast without the bother of earbuds? Need to eat frequently throughout the day? Love to work out mid-morning or mid-afternoon? How about going to work in sweats on the couch? Working from home allows you to dictate your environment to your preference and have a greater variation in your schedule if necessary. You get to decide how you operate in your office space and won’t have to worry about distracting others (or getting distracted by others)! It’s a win-win on both ends.
4. You can achieve a better work-life balance.
One of the greatest reasons that people switch jobs is because the work-life balancing is too challenging to maintain. Kids, pets, significant others, family members, friends, self-care. It can be tough to keep it all balanced. If you feel like your schedule could better accommodate both you and the people you love if you weren’t stuck 9 AM to 5 PM in the office, then working remotely could be from you.
5. You can optimize your office space.
While everyone thinks of a home office when they think of working remotely, this doesn’t have to be true at all. Getting out of the office can allow you to be more productive, but if you miss the buzz of the office space (without missing your coworkers) you can optimize the space you work in by heading to a coffee shop, the library, or a coworking space. No matter what you’re looking for, whether its silence or noise, it can be found when you work from home because you’re able to decide exactly what you want.
Have you ever worked remotely? What did you think? Like it or leave it? Comment your thoughts below!