In recent years there has been a rise in remote working and working from home. The rise of the internet, the use of emails and the introduction of everything from Etsy shops to social media means that you no longer have to physically be in an office to be working for a company. In addition, many people now work for themselves and no longer need the financial constraint of having ‘premises’, but can actually work from the comfort of their own home.
Many people who do work from home on a daily basis do choose to create themselves a home office in order to have somewhere peaceful and quiet that is away from the distractions of the television and the washing that needs doing. A home office takes many forms, from an unused room in the house to garden office pod that can be a great use for a garden room – away from the actual house and family, but cosy, functional and with plenty of room for storage if you have files, or materials, or just generally things you don’t want to keep in your house. Your home office ensures that you have somewhere professional to work, and gives you space to answer conference and Skype calls without a child looking over your shoulder.
There are many pros for working at home. Childcare is a major expense for many families, but is often unavoidable for working parents. Working from home can give you the flexibility to be able to take your children to and from school, hence avoiding childcare costs, and also being very useful when it comes to the school holidays, or snow days, which many have encountered this Winter. It is also useful if your child is feeling ill and can’t get to school. I work from home myself and have had many occasions when I have brought my laptop into the living room to work whilst my poorly son has slept beside me on the sofa.
Working from home doesn’t require set hours, you can get up earlier to get the work done, or can go back to it in the evening if this suits. You don’t even have to get dressed if you don’t want to, you can work in pyjamas or lounge wear and still be as productive as if you were wearing a suit. You can also avoid sitting in traffic jams on the way to and from work, when you get up you can start straight away. It is also economically sound, long expenses lunches and trips to Starbucks can all be avoided – you eat at home and put the kettle on, simple as that.
If you are thinking of remote working, or working for yourself from home, there has never been a better time to make this a reality.