According to some of the latest surveys 45 percent of people in the U.S. work from home at least as a part-time. Sure, a lot of these people still have their 9 to 5-day jobs, but when it comes to the ratio we are seeing now and the one we had several years back, it is more than transparent that telecommuting is the way of the future.
So, what are we to expect in the future? What are the odds that telecommuting will completely replace the traditional office work? Are there still some advantages that traditional work models have over telecommuting? In order to answer some of these questions, we need to examine the most important advantages of working from home. Here are four of them.
Not Having To Commute To Work
For starters, not having to commute to work is a huge advantage in both financial and practical sense. You see, according to one survey, an average commute to work takes about 25,4 minutes. Combined with the trip back home, you waste around 51 minutes on a daily basis.
Aside from the gas expenses, this is also a waste of time, seeing how you could have spent this time doing something more productive or enjoyable.
It’s Cheaper For Everyone
When it comes to financial benefits of commuting to work, the gas is not the only issue you should pay attention to. Not having to work in an office means you don’t have to own several work outfits, which could make a significant difference in your household budget.
Aside from this, you get the luxury of eating in your own kitchen instead of wasting money on cafeteria food. It keeps adding up.
Another reason why this trend is growing is the fact that it’s cheaper for the employer as well. For instance, they can save quite a bit of money on not having to rent a huge office for their entire staff. In fact, upon the discovery of the phenomenon of remote workers, some of them simply switch to a smaller headquarters and store their excess equipment in self storage units until they can figure out what to do with it.
Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that remote workers usually provide their own equipment, which is also a huge advantage.
Customizable Work Environment
There are as many different opinions as there are people in the world and not everyone feels happy about the same things. For some, in order to focus there needs to be an absolute silence, while there are those who would simply go insane in such an atmosphere.
Furthermore, people in different work spots need different stimulus. Your sales team needs a ‘fighting pit’, an atmosphere where they can compete with people surrounding them, while those in a bit more creative functions need an atmosphere in which they can relax. Luckily, people working from their homes have a privilege of customizing their own home-office to their own liking.
It’s Easier to Do Multiple Jobs
Finally, keep in mind that in today’s world, most people are forced to take on several jobs in order to provide enough for themselves and their families. Needless to say, it can be incredibly hard to pull this off with a traditional 9 to 5 office work going on.
On the other hand, when working from home, you get the privilege of organizing your own work hours. Furthermore, seeing how you will often work with deadlines instead of work hours, things can be even simpler to arrange.
Unfortunately, working from home has its downsides as well. It might be particularly hard explaining to your significant other, roommate or a family member that the fact that you are at home doesn’t mean you aren’t working.
Second, being in your own room or on the living room couch while working, can be incredibly distracting. Finally, some people get to miss all the watercooler chit-chat and various forms of socialization that happen around an actual office.
Fortunately, all of these issues can be remedied with enough effort on your side, as well as the proper organization. To make the long story short, whether working from home works in your case will come to depend on you alone.