10 signs You Should Work From Home!
According to an analysis of U.S. Census data by Global Workplace Analytics, a firm that specializes in flexible workplace strategies, 4.3 million employees work from home at least half the time. That’s 3.2 percent of the workforce.
When an employer is willing, it’s possible for you to work from almost any location, and more and more employers are wising up to the many advantages of allowing their staff to work remotely.
For employees the draws of remote work are obvious. Your schedule becomes yours to manage, with no one looking over your shoulder. No rush hour commutes stuck in traffic. But not everyone has the discipline to work without supervision and care must be given to structuring your work like balance.
Here are 10 ways to tell that it’s time to leave the traditional workplace and begin working from home.
1. You’re distracted by your workplace
Most people are able to tune out the ambient noise of the workplace. Unfortunately, there are many sensitive people who find working shoulder-to-shoulder or even cubicle-to-cubicle distracting. They prefer to be alone to concentrate on their tasks. For these people, working at home can be ideal.
Specialized remote job websites like Away.Works make it easier to find the right work-from-home job for you. Away.Works is free to use. You can search remote jobs from companies all over the world and even upload your resume to let companies find you!
2. Your commute costs you too much time, stress or money
The average drive to work in America is 26.9 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
People who work at home gain back the time they otherwise would spend driving — while also avoiding the stress of dealing with traffic.
Another benefit is that people who work from home save money on car maintenance, gasoline and sometimes insurance. Some might even be able to get rid of one car — avoiding all of the $8,849 per year that it costs to own and operate the average new car.
3. Your work hours suck
If you’re not a 9-to-5 person, working in a traditional job might seem confining. When you work at home, you can gain more control over your schedule. Structure your work around other commitments such as family or spend more time with a spouse that works odd hours.
4. You want to travel
People who telecommute can take their work with them when they travel. These people are often called “digital nomads.” Working from a laptop can be done anywhere with an internet connecting, and many tropical locations now have a thriving digital nomad scene, with comfortable co-working spaces and and comfortable cafes offering high speed internet and plentiful snacks!
5. You’re a caregiver
If you have elderly parents at home or a spouse who is ill, a flexible working schedule makes juggling tasks easier. Having the ability to be physically present in can of emergency can be a great relief. Working from home can also help ease the financial weight of hiring a carer.
6. You’re an outdoors person
Working from home allows you to take advantage of the best hours of the day to be outside. Catch that morning wave, go for that afternoon hike! Managing you own schedule means no more dark morning jogs, or evening gym sessions.
7. You have pets
It can be difficult to make sure your pets have proper care while you’re at work. It’s time-consuming to drop them off at animal day care centers before work and pick them up after work. Pet sitters who visit your home can be very costly. You can solve these problems by working at home with your pet for company, benefiting both you and your pets will benefit. Research has shown that having pets present when you work has a calming effect to help reduce stress!
8. You dislike your work environment
Sitting in a cubicle all day isn’t your thing? There are no rules for what constitutes a home office. You’ll be free to experiment and create an environment that enables you to be most productive, be it a spare room in your home, a co working spot in Bali or your plane seat!
9. You wish every day was casual Friday
Workwear not your style? If you hate how you have to dress for work, remote dressing is for you! When you’re at home, you can decide what to wear. Sweats and slippers, no problem, just be sure to look presentable for virtual meetings!
Added bonus, not having to spend money on a workplace wardrobe, which could save you hundreds of dollars a year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average household spent $1,833 on clothing and related services in 2017.
10.You find office politics a dragLinda from accounts wont let go of that one time she thinks you used her coffee cup? Kevin from the desk next to yours eats tuna sandwiches every.single.day? Whilst saying goodbye to the office doesn’t mean saying goodbye to coworkers, sometimes a little distance can help you get along that bit better!