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The Pros and Cons of Working Remotely

Working remotely has both benefits and drawbacks for everybody involved. It’s advantages usually outweigh the disadvantages, but it isn’t always easy. Working remotely won’t be suitable for certain kinds of people either. If you’re planning on working remotely, or think that your team could benefit from it, weigh up the following points to help you:

 

Advantages:

Enjoy a Better Quality of Life Outside of Work:

Working remotely allows everybody involved to have a better quality of life outside of work. You should find that you can spend more time with your loved ones, spend more time doing the things you enjoy, and really make the most of the location you’re in. Live by the sea? What’s stopping you from spending your lunch hour body boarding? You have a whole world of options out there when you work remotely. Simply sitting in a coffee shop to work and watching the world go by can make you feel great.

 

Overheads are Much Lower:

Overheads are a lot lower than if you were to work in an office. You can still find virtual offices to rent, which can be helpful if you’d like a professional address and PA services. However, you’ll save a lot of money on rent costs, electricity, lighting, and more by working from home and having employees that do so.

 

You Can Hire From Around the World:

If you’re in charge of hiring, you have much more choice. You can hire anybody from around the world! You’ll have talent from all over fighting to work for your company. You aren’t limited to candidates in your area. You can advertise in the same way, you’ll just need to be sure that candidates understand the position is remote. Think of all of the amazing opportunities this presents to you. You could hire employees from the Philippines. Many businesses who like to stay remote do this as Filipinos are hard workers, and they don’t require as much pay which will help you to save on costs further.

 

You Can Work Anywhere You Like:

You can work in a home office, in a library, cafe, or anywhere else that takes your fancy. You’ll probably need to make sure there aren’t many distractions, but finding a quiet place shouldn’t be too hard.

 

Set Your Own Hours:

In most cases, you can set your own hours. It helps to have a schedule that you loosely stick to, but other than that, you could potentially work when suits you best. Rather than having time off work for a doctor’s appointment or child’s sports day, you could work the evening shift instead! Just bear in mind that you may still need to communicate with other member’s of your team. It always helps if you can stick to a start and finish time consistently for the majority of the time, not just for you but for the rest of the team. Although you don’t work together, you’ll still need to communicate.

 

You’ll Get More Work Done:

Many people think that you’ll get less work done working from home, but this isn’t the case. Many people work harder when working from home! It’s a great choice for people who are able to self motivate and stay focused.

 

Disadvantages:

Working from Home is a Skill:

Although some people can work harder when working from home, it is a skill. This skill should be developed before getting anybody on board, as no matter how talented a person is; they can find working remotely difficult. They need to be focused and self motivated in order to enjoy the benefits while still getting work done.

 

Communication Can be a Problem:

Communication can be a problem for remote workers occasionally. Whether you’re communicating with a client or with other workers, you may misinterpret things that are being said. This can sometimes result in work that isn’t up to scratch, or perhaps even an atmosphere. If you can’t interpret what somebody means through their writing online, you can run into all kinds of issues. In real life, it could be a case of simply assessing a person’s body language. Just be aware that you’ll need to double check what somebody means if you aren’t sure. Try not to be paranoid either – I’m sure they weren’t being ‘off’ with you just because they didn’t put a smiley face!

 

You Can’t Work in Your Pyjamas:

A common misconception is that you can work in your pyjamas every day. You may be able to do this once in a while, but you may find that it affects the quality of your work. Wearing pyjamas sends a message to the brain, just like working in bed tells us we should be going to sleep. You’ll likely find yourself feeling tired, and unable to get work done. By getting up and putting on your clothes every morning, you’ll feel much better about working.

Working in your pyjamas can occasionally be an upside to working remotely, but it isn’t advisable all the time.

 

It’s Easy to Get Distracted:

You may find it even easier to get distracted from home. This can be especially true if you have kids, pets, or can’t resist turning on the TV. It’s your job to make sure you stay focused. Set yourself break times so you know exactly when you can have a 5 or 10 minute break, snack, and perhaps a browse on social media. If you can’t stop yourself from getting distracted, there’s no way working remotely will work for you.

 

You May Miss Social Interaction

If you’re a social creature, there’s the possibility you’ll miss interacting with people at work. You can build great relationships through working together in an office, but working remotely isn’t quite the same. If you think you’ll miss it too much, then you’re better off finding a job in a place where you can interact freely.

 

Do you think that working remotely could be good for you? Go for it! Leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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Chirag Dodiya

I Conceptualize, Innovate and then work on Executing Amazing Startup Ideas with the help of a team and Entrepreneurs Network. I love building and rebuilding Products. Using creativity, ideas and magic, I build businesses.

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