My Experience of Working From Home Sweet Home

by - Monday, November 19, 2018


It’s estimated that half of the UK’s workforce will work remotely (on at least some days) by 2020, and more and more companies are seeing the benefits of letting their staff do so. With so much work now being done online, it doesn't make sense to drag people into a traditional workplace when they can essentially get their tasks done from anywhere in the world. I’m lucky enough to work from home myself, and having done so for a number of years now, I can honestly say I wouldn’t want it any other way. I work remotely as a freelance writer for a marketing agency, and also run blogs- which means I don’t need to leave the house to earn my income. People are often surprised when I tell them this, but it's something we can all expect to see more of in the next few years. Here are some of the benefits I’ve personally found to working from home. 

Less stress
Working from home means flexibility, which can mean less stress. You have your daily workload to complete, but as long as it gets done you can go about it any way you like. You don’t have a boss micromanaging you or breathing down your neck, which is great although you do have to be self motivated for this to work. When you have job flexibility, you can fit your job around your life (rather than the other way round) and, can do things on your own terms. If you want to get up early and get your work done for the day, you can. If you want to start a little later and make up the time in the evening, you can. Want to take a break during the day to go shopping, go to the gym, run errands or anything else? Guess what, you can- as long as the workload is completed you can choose when you do it. If you're a night owl and find you do your best work during the evening, you can get it done then, as long as you meet your daily deadline. So many of us are forced to fit our mood, appetite and body clock around a nine to five schedule that doesn't necessarily suit everyone. With flexible working hours, most people will naturally find they're less stressed. When you work from home, there’s no waking up at silly o clock in the morning, going out into the freezing cold and de-icing your car to get to work. There’s no crowded trains or buses to deal with, or having to wait until a certain time on the dot to clock out. I’ve personally found that this allows me to live a very stress- free life, which is something I appreciate enormously. 

Less sick days
Is there anything worse than waking up when you don’t feel very well, knowing that you have to drag yourself to work? Knowing you have to sit there all day, doing what you’re told and looking alert too- it can feel like torture, even if you only have a minor stomach flu or a cold. But when you work from home, you don’t have to go anywhere or travel or sit around colleages trying to look ‘normal’. You don’t have to get dressed or plaster on a smile, you can bring your laptop to bed if you need to and work in comfort. For this reason, you rarely need to take sick days unless you’re very unwell. No one wants to use their days off feeling rubbish!

You can move anywhere you want
This was an unexpected benefit that worked out well for me this year. When you work from home, you’re not tied down to one area. You can move wherever you want, maybe you want a fresh start or perhaps you want to buy a home in a more up and coming area (checking the land registry prices on sites like http://www.mouseprice.com can help you work out where these are). For me, it allowed me to move to a new area with my partner. Like most people these days, we met online, and lived in different areas. When both of you are tied to jobs in those areas it can make moving in together tricky, but in my situation it couldn’t have been easier. I was able to pack up and move, and bring my work with me! If you wanted to move abroad you could, or you could even travel the world while working. 

Working from home gives you flexibility in a way that any standard job never could. While work is a big part of our lives, there’s more to it than just this. Working from home frees up time for you to live in the way that you want, while still allowing you to fund your lifestyle. 

Do you work from home, or is this something you’ve ever considered? Are you hoping your company will encourage remote working, or would you ever apply for a completely remote position?

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