Remote work had increased in popularity as technology evolved and internet access became more mainstream. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic created a necessary exponential shift to remote work. For many, this life-changing situation sparked a new interest in working from home.
If your job enforced a return to office policy or you're interested in a career that allows you to work from anywhere, you're not alone. Here are some of the biggest perks of making a career transition to remote work.
Flexibility is one of the most significant benefits of shifting to a remote career. Working remotely allows you to work from anywhere, opening new opportunities to travel and explore without sacrificing income.
Depending on your employer, this creates an opportunity for more flexible hours. Many employers have shifted to a completion-based work model that focusing more on quality and output than set hours. This approach lets you make your job fit around your life and schedule rather than the other way around.
Studies show that remote workers can be up to 77% more productive than their in-office counterparts. To break it down further, the study showed that 30% of people working from home could accomplish more work in less time, and 24% could accomplish more in the same amount of time.
There are several factors influencing this statistic. Many people find it easier to focus and stay productive without the background chatter and distractions of an office environment. Others found it easier to stay motivated and engaged when significant portions of their day weren't committed to commuting and overscheduling.
There's also an increased opportunity for customizing your workspace to fit your preferences at home. This feature can improve your motivation and productivity.
One of the most beautiful aspects of moving to a remote career is the opportunity to achieve the elusive work-life balance.
People who work remotely have more time to get things done, as commuting is removed from the schedule. Similarly, break periods can be spent tidying the house, running errands, and accomplishing other stress-inducing tasks that are typically scheduled around work.
Depending on your work arrangement, you may also have more flexibility to spend time with family and friends or practice self-care. These features also benefit employers, as they are less likely to become overwhelmed or burnt out.
Many remote workers enjoy the ability to pack up and work while traveling. While remote work can create opportunities to travel and explore, the downside is that taking an unplugged vacation and being completely present gets more challenging.
Another notable benefit of remote work is the potential for securing a job outside your geographic area. Remote work removes the limitation of living close to work, letting you apply for a job in another region. This feature also benefits employers, who can attract top talent from other areas.
Here are some best practices for landing a remote job in a different geographic area:
With these tips, you can open the door to endless remote work possibilities. Develop your skills and stay persistent — you'll be competing globally.
Another significant benefit of working from home is the cost savings. Some key areas where you'll save include:
You may also be eligible to claim a portion of your home's expenses each tax season when working from home, including:
Working from home could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars each year. These savings often pay for the increased use of power, water, etc., from being at home. Childcare alone is a massive opportunity for savings.
Eco-conscious folks can take comfort knowing that their remote work arrangement could positively impact the environment. One of the most uplifting stories from the pandemic's early days was the pollution reductions and the healing effects the lack of travel had on the natural world.
Of course, if you're traveling the world while working remotely, this doesn't apply.
The advantages of working remotely far outweigh the challenges and pitfalls. Consider these compelling reasons in mind as you decide if pursuing remote work is right for you.
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