Working from home is an appealing option for parents, nomads, and people who can’t commute to a workplace. It’s estimated that 3.9 million Americans work from home for at least half the week. That’s not surprising, since there are so many advantages to working remotely.
1 – Save Money on Transportation
Working from home means you’ll be filling up your gas tank less often, and you’ll be spending less on public transportation. The only place you’ll need to commute to is your home office or living room!
Americans often spend 13% of their household expenditure on transportation. You can put your savings towards something more exciting! And cut down on emissions too!
2 – Set Your Own Hours
Oftentimes, remote work provides a more flexible schedule than work done in an office. If you’re not a morning person, you don’t need to work from 9-5!
This is especially true for freelancers and other people who run an online business. Your work is done on your own time, leaving more room for family and other obligations.
The one catch is that when you do work from home, it can be difficult to separate yourself from work, and you can find yourself working even more than you would if you were working a traditional office job. It’s up to you to keep your work hours in check and make sure you’re taking enough time out for yourself.
3 – Spend More Time with Family
One of the downsides of going to an office for work is having less time to spend with your family. A study showed that 48% of millennials lacked a sense of work-life balance, prioritizing work over leisure.
By working from home, you don’t have to juggle daycare hours or before and after school care. You can work during school hours, before the kid’s wake, during naptime or after they go to bed at night.
It also means you can set your own vacation time and choose how often you work and how often you take time off. It might take a while to get the dynamic right for you, but when you do, it’s a whole new world of work/life balance.
4 – There’s Potential to Work For Yourself
By becoming a freelancer or opening an online business, you won’t have a boss. This can make work less stressful for so many people, since 60% of employees are quitting or considering quitting their job due to their employer.
As a business owner, you’re more likely to be treated with the respect you deserve! It’s not an easy task, to run your own business, but it can be incredibly rewarding!
5 – More Time In Your Day
While we all have the same 24 hours in a day, when you work outside of the home, it can mean that a few of those hours are taken up with getting ready for work and commuting to your workplace.
When you work from home you can stay in your pyjamas all day (if that’s your thing), you don’t have to commute and you can wear whatever you want. You’re also not bound by set work hours and if you get all of your work done in 6 hours instead of 8 then you can spend the extra time doing whatever you want to do.
6 – Travel More
Working from home gives you more chances to travel! You’ll no longer have to worry about using up your paid time off, since you can take your work with you on vacation. You’ll never have to worry about an employer rejecting your request for time off because they won’t be losing you, regardless of how long you’re on vacation for.
Many people create their own businesses so they can travel the world and still earn money at the same time. It also means you have the flexibility to move wherever you want without having to look for another job or try and get a transfer.
7 – Write More Off on Your Taxes
If you need WiFi or a certain piece of equipment to complete your work, you can write it off as a business expense on your taxes! You can also write off anything you need to create your home office, fees for programs you use, and anything else that’s relevant and necessary to your career.
Each country and state is different in regards to what you can and cannot write off on tax so be sure to check with your accountant and keep track of everything.
With so many advantages to working from home, it’s easy to see why so many people are doing it. Will you take the leap into remote work?