Every year there are more and more professions that do not require the presence in the office, many companies are moving to a remote mode and do not lose efficiency. But is “remote work suitable for everyone?”
“You form your own schedule, you don’t have to spend time commuting to the office, you travel the world and make money. These are the ideas many people have who want to try this format for themselves. But there are always a number of BUTs that no one takes into account or thinks it’s nothing.
I have been working remotely for over 5 years, my team of IT and Digital marketing agency is also distributed and I constantly have to face a number of problems when a person just starting remote work format or even has been working outside the office for a long time.
First, let’s dispel the assertions that have been described above:
If you work remotely in a company, you are still tied to the schedule of the beginning of the working day, or there are deadlines to meet
Travel, it’s cool, but no one will take an employee if his trips do not have stable Internet or he is constantly on planes and flights.
The advantages of working remotely:
- No transportation costs, saving time for productive activities instead of shaking in transportation
- Relatively flexible working hours. There are companies that have a strict attitude to the beginning of the working day, and possible to use employee monitoring tool control this process
- The ability to choose your own projects (if you are self-employed and do not feel the need to find clients on your own)
- There is no binding to the location (you can visit many interesting places to see the world, the main thing that technology and wi-fi do not fail)
- If you are a cool pro, you will be appreciated, so you can earn a lot more remotely than in the office and with a paycheck
The disadvantages of remote work:
- not always a stable income (in 90% of cases, there is no salary if you work for someone, always work for results! but also consider your level of professionalism
- loneliness can set in if you don’t have teamwork (although some companies sometimes have a team as well, it’s like being alone)
- If you act as a single unit, most of your time is spent on finding clients, marketing, and selling your services that is why you need time tracking and invoicing software
- Dependence on technology (computer, Internet, electricity, etc.) This is what allows you to work, the light is out or the laptop is broken, deadlines are disrupted, the work is not done!)
- Vacation and sickness, all will be paid by you personally, if you are employed under the law, this disadvantage is removed.
- Many people become lazy and give up their health and all kinds of activities, because work is sedentary, there is no movement to the office, and thus the level of activity decreases. Weight gain, flabby muscles, stooping.
- What are the key qualities a person needs to start working and earning from the comfort of their home, hotel, beach, and other places where the Internet is available:
Effort and attentiveness
Time management, masterfully allocating your time between work and personal life in a remote job is even more acute than in an office job
a bit of introversion in character (if you need the physical presence of your colleagues like air, you will have a very hard time)
Constant updating of knowledge and desire to develop. Companies are ready to meet super qualified professionals and pay them a lot for the results of their work without being tied to the office
And so, choosing to work from home, you need to weigh all the pros and cons of your character, professionalism and personality traits. Think about what can go wrong and how it can be solved, if there is no solution, but there is a desire or you are forced to, then start working with your mind and willpower, as they say, the habit is developed in 21 days.
If you firmly decided that this format is for you, I want to share methods to organize your workspace and work life.
- An office area at home. Create a corner for yourself to work in, be sure to have a comfortable chair, desk, computer, office supplies, make some “office spirit”!
- Working in your pajamas, do not set the mood for efficiency. Use different clothes for the work day and for “home is home” times. Clothing is like a psychological anchor; by wearing a certain “uniform,” you automatically plunge into “work” mode (by the way, makeup and hair would also not be superfluous)
- Changing locations. This increases efficiency, for example, I have the situation when the walls begin to press and I go out into a nearby cafe, order a coffee, sit down more comfortable with a view of an aquarium or a panorama of the city and opens a second breath, and sometimes it lasts until the closure of the institution. Here please be careful, if you are a fan of your work as I am, the balance of rest and work is very important, dead and tired you are not effective
- Technology, wifi, and other gadgets. Nothing lasts forever, so always have options in case your work tool fails to work. Have a spare computer or tablet, a mobile Internet connection with a good speed that you can share or a modem, know the nearest locations with a wi-fi zone (cafes, co-working spaces, subway stations)
- Calendar and schedulers. Use all the time management software options that are convenient for you. Google calendar, Monitask, Trello and notepad, yes, the usual notepad where I write down important thoughts, helps me a lot.
- Rest and Movement Mode Immersed in sedentary work, we forget to move, if the office employee spends energy on the road and moving around the company, or lunch to the cafe, we are faced with the fact that we simply forget about their activity. Be sure to walk! Ideally, if you like any kind of sports or fitness. It seems like nothing, but after six months of such a regime, slouchiness, overweight and weak muscles are guaranteed. Take care of your body, and also your eyesight
Here are probably the most key points that will help you keep the work mood at home in balance.