Whether you have been forced to work from home due to the pandemic or have been a remote worker for years, there’s no denying that it comes with many benefits. Whether it’s getting more time with your family or getting back an hour of your life from commuting, remote work benefits everyone in different ways.
As work slowly begins to resume back in the office, you might not actually be aware of the benefits you were missing out on from remote work. It might not be for everyone and there are of course downsides to remote work, but with the hybrid model and other flexible options, you can find the perfect balance.
Benefits of Remote Work
1. You Save a Bunch of Money
When it comes to remote working, an added benefit is being able to save a lot of money. With the rising cost of living and other day-to-day essentials, trying to budget your money can be a bit tricky. With the rise in popularity of remote work, these extra savings have helped to drive that popularity.
So, how are you able to save money with remote work?
Well, first, let’s talk about the commuting expense. Because you’re not required to travel to and from an office, you don’t have to worry about commute costs. The average person spends about $3000 to $5000 a year just to travel back and forth from work, either by car or by public transportation. This means that you can save at least $3000 per year.
Do you find yourself going to a coffee shop on the way to work, on your lunch, and on your way home? Think about those savings. When you work remotely, you will generally drink the coffee you purchase from the supermarket, which is often cheaper per cup.
Some companies require you to spend on clothes. Working remotely does not require you to wear “work” clothes or any business casual wear, which means that you don’t have to worry about spending on professional apparel.
Depending on which country you are from, you may also be able to claim taxes on your equipment and workspace. This is also a big saving when it comes to tax periods.
In some cases, you might save money on cleaners or childcare costs. Some people choose to add these into their remote work routines to avoid paying those expenses every month.
2. You Have the Freedom to Manage Your Schedule
Depending on your employer and job, you will have the freedom to manage your schedule. You might have to attend meetings, but if your employer is happy to leave you to it, you can plan your work schedule around your day. Remember not to get carried away and let your work slip.
This is a great option for those who like to work at different hours every day. Everyone’s body clock is different, some people are early birds, which means that their most productive time of the day is early in the morning. They prefer to wake up early and start their day before everyone else.
Other people are night owls; they prefer to work during the late hours of the night when it’s quiet, and they can focus. They like to work when the rest of the world is sleeping.
Night owls represent 20% of the population.
Of course, you might actually prefer to work a regular 9-5 as it suits your schedule more. Whichever you choose, having the freedom to manage and adjust your schedule is a top benefit of remote work.
If you have an urgent appointment, have to be home for a delivery, or need to be at home for other reasons, having the ability to adjust your schedule and get personal tasks done is extremely beneficial.
You should try to keep schedule disruptions to a minimum, as it will affect your workflow, but the point is, if you really need to, you have the ability to change your schedule.
3. You Can Work Anywhere You Choose
Imagine working in a place where you’d most likely have your vacation, like in front of the beach or in a cabin by the lake. Remote work provides you this privilege. Because your office is where your laptop is, you have all the places in the world to choose from.
This advantage can also be used for people living far away from the city, where the usual 9-5 work is located.
It is important to remember that this may not apply to all remote jobs. Some companies require staff to work close to the office for meetings, work in the state for tax purposes, or simply be in the same time zone. You should always check with your employer first before jetting off to Bali to start working in paradise.
If you are lucky enough to have this privilege, you can travel around the world and work on your laptop. Just make sure you have the necessary equipment including a good laptop, portable Wi-Fi device, and backups.
Some reliable devices for remote work are:
4. You Become More Productive
Going back to the second benefit, because you’re able to choose your schedule, you become more productive. This is because you’re not constrained to one schedule that doesn’t fit your most productive hours.
Contrary to popular belief, when you rely on yourself to meet deadlines and produce work, you will find that productivity soars. Whereas, when you have a manager breathing down your neck and pushing you, you might be as productive.
Some people play this to their advantage. For example, if you are productive between 8 am and 12 pm, you could work up to that point then schedule a long break. Then come back for the rest of work when you are productive which might be at 4 pm to 8 pm.
Of course, you may find that with remote work you get the opposite effect and become less productive, but in that case, you will need to master your self-motivation and push yourself.
5. You Get Back Lost Time on the Commute
Imagine if your office work is an hour away from your house, this would mean that you have to wake up early just to get ready and then give some allowance for traveling. Then you come home very late. Just traveling alone will cost you 2 hours a day, that’s 480 hours a year lost to the commute.
Even if you just live 10 minutes away from work, you still have to allocate enough time in case there is traffic on the way. When you work remotely, all you have to do is wake up, make a cup of your morning coffee, power up your laptop, and start working.
Some people enjoy the commute, especially if it’s on a train or plane even, but for many, this is time that is better spent at home with your family or doing other productive things.
6. You Get a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Working remotely offers a very flexible working schedule as we already discussed, this means that you can choose when you’ll start your workday and when to end it, as long as the work is complete. This encourages a healthy work-life balance since you are able to address the needs of your personal life.
Whether it’s doing some errands, visiting the gym, or hanging out with your friends, these activities can be balanced well when you are working remotely. You should still set boundaries when you are working, as most family/friends don’t understand the concept of remote work and will interrupt your schedule.
There have been numerous reports that remote work actually reduces stress just due to the environment alone. You will have more time to prepare healthy meals, can keep active during the day, and avoid toxic work culture.
7. You Don’t Have to Go Anywhere
Well. It’s a no-brainer that working remotely does not require you to go anywhere unless you choose to do so. As long as the requirements are met in order for you to work, like a fast internet connection and a good working laptop then you can work without having to leave your place.
To some of you, this may seem like an absurd benefit. But there are many introverts and people that suffer from anxiety that would rather stay at home. Even something like going to the work office can be a challenge for them.
8. You Can Spend More Time with Your Loved Ones
The best part about working remotely is that you’re able to spend a lot more time with your loved ones. Most people working in the office have less time to spend with their family due to commuting and working long hours. This can severely impact family life and mental health, which makes remote work a good choice.
As mentioned previously, you should still set time aside to take yourself away from any distractions and get some work done. But even getting the extra time during your breaks or without the commute to spend with family, is an added bonus.
There are several benefits of remote work, some may apply to you and some may not. You can save money, have more freedom, work anywhere you choose, be more productive, and many more. When considering a remote job or even thinking negatively about returning to the office, think about the main benefits of remote work.