It’s 2017-Should You Try Working Remotely?
Do you find yourself asking this question more and more lately? Do you wonder why you have to report to an office everyday when you can do the same exact work you do there from home?
The virtual world has become sophisticated and our work worlds are changing. Much of our routine business can be conducted online and over the phone. As a result, many workers and employers are getting rid of preconceived notions of where and when productivity must take place.
Fears about being scammed online are waning in people that use the internet to research just about everything. We now know to dig online for information on the quality and legitimacy of anything we’re interested in, including jobs we find posted.
Old belief systems are being shed as employers are realizing that looking over employees’ shoulders to monitor productivity isn’t necessary. Along with having to access a plethora of business intelligence tools and software that allow to-the-minute employee activity tracking, good employers also know that employees’ productivity is best measured by their results.
For example, if I’m a salesperson, I can show up to work early every day and not produce anything. On the other hand, I can work from my living room and blow all my sales goals out of the box. In which of these two scenarios do I really make a difference?
By 2017, we should all have come to the realization that just being present isn’t enough.
If your boss insists on you physically going to the office every day, have you started wondering if you really want to work at place that won’t graduate into the 21st century? Employers may have all kinds of reasons for not wanting you to work remotely. “Teamwork” is one of the most popular reasons given. But with entire call centers working virtually across different continents, teamwork is no longer an excuse.
If you’re wondering how a virtual career can change your life, we’re here to help you figure it out. Start by asking yourself one question: Why do I want to be a remote worker?
The following are common, legitimate reasons some people (including us) have for wanting to work from home:
- Saving money on clothing due to reduced need for business attire
- Saving money on meals outside of the home while working
- Being home when their children get home from school
- Employers save money on facilities and expensive daily perks like free coffee allowing them to offer more attractive salaries
- The opportunity to earn income in a stronger currency, especially for workers in developing countries
- Reduction of stress caused by daily commutes
- Reduced costs of transportation, gas, parking, etc.
Do these possible benefits resonate with you?
For example, before working remotely, I was spending just under $1000 per month on car and insurance payments, gas, and other costs. I also spent at least two hours each day commuting. Today, after changing to working remotely I live in a walk-friendly neighborhood and rely on taxis and Uber when I need to go anywhere a little far. I spend less than $60 per month on transportation and zero hours commuting.
As with everything there are pros and cons to working from home. You have to weigh out whether for you, the pros outweigh the cons.
Ask yourself a second question: Am I ready to, and can I totally change my lifestyle?
Some really important things to consider will be:
- Whether or not you’ll be able to convince your current employer to allow you to work from home or if you’ll need to find another job instead
- Whether or not you’re disciplined enough to stay focused on your work, start and stop working as you should according to your schedule while working remotely
- The stability of your internet, phone, and electricity services
- Do you have the right hardware (computer, etc.) needed to set up a home office?
- Whether your line of work is conducive to being performed in a virtual environment
- And if any of the above are obstacles between you and working remotely, whether or not you can overcome them
These are all things to consider before you answer the question that led you here: Should you try working remotely?
You have a lot to think about, but if after you’ve thought about it the answer is yes, then don’t miss the next post in this series which will provide you some guidance on how to get started in the world of remote work.
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