When faced with the opportunity to work from home or work remotely for a larger company you might start wondering about what the pros and cons can be of such a change in working lifestyle. There are a number of personal pros and cons of course, but there are some external ones that you might not realise come into play. Here we look at a few of each, and why working online can be really the beneficial change you’re looking for.
That’s right. Working from home or online is environmentally friendly, unless of course you always worked in an area that enabled you to walk to work from home. Remember all those hours sitting behind the wheel in traffic jams, just burning fuel? Well no more. Working from home allows you to have zero commute, so you burn zero fuel, thus keeping at least one car from not clogging up the streets.
More Time For You
No commute means that you have more time for you and the things you enjoy doing, which means you can literally leave work one minute and be engrossed in your favourite activities the next. Perfect! Additionally it means when you take breaks you can do whatever you like, such as playing online games such as Allslots or other gambling sites, either for fun or to help make a bit of side cash.
Less Distractions, More Productivity
At home there are ultimately fewer distractions than there are in an office, unless of course you are trying to balance childcare with working from home. If you’re a singleton, or in a relationship where your partner works out of the home though, you will realise that it’s a quieter, less demanding atmosphere, leading you to be more productive, AND getting more done in a shorter period of time!
Work/Life Balance, Family time
It’s no secret that commuting takes up some of our own precious time each day which should be used to spend time with our kids or partners, especially if you have to take a series of buses or trains, or if you have to sit on congested streets alongside countless others all just wanting to get home to cook dinner. Working online can mean no more commute – which means more work/life balance and more time with family.
Of course working from home means flexibility in not just your workspace but potentially your schedule as well. Depending if you work for yourself or for a larger business which encourages home workers, you may find you are able to work hours that are more preferable to you (such as evenings or even nights), or start later in the day. This is something you just can’t do with a typical job usually.
Less Stress, Better Health
Working online additionally means that you aren’t as stressed as you would be in a typical office or work setting. If you find you have a huge influx of work, you won’t have Bonnie from accounting breathing down your neck about where her reports are, and you won’t have a phone ringing off the hook from people needing you to drop everything for their thing that was meant to be done last week. Stress causes a number of health issues from weight problems to sleeping problems and even cardiovascular issues, so by eliminating large sources of stress, you eliminate large contributors to problematic health (and have more time for the gym if you’re so inclined!).
So there you have it – six benefits to working at home/online. So why not take that opportunity the next time it comes around and see just how fantastic it can be to have the freedom, flexibility and extra time!