As much as we all want to excel in our individual careers, we don’t want to do it at the expense of our happiness. Unfortunately, many people keep their jobs even though they don’t like it. The long aged tale of wearing corporate attires (which are often uncomfortable) and sitting behind the same standard office furniture is still the story of many people.
It is high time we all realized that life is too short to spend it doing
things you don’t enjoy or things that would take a huge portion of your working
life. If you are tired and want to make a change, then I encourage you not to
look back. Remote work is the gist and I won’t be doing well not to tell you
all about it.
So, why should you go remote?
I’m going to be very sincere with you- working remotely is awesome.
Career sabbaticals, flexitimes, private contracts and other flexible jobs might
come close but I can assure you, remote work is the future of modern workforce.
There’s absolutely nothing like it. Remote work is FREEDOM and the only viable
way to strike that balance between your work and life.
If you wish, trump anything brick and mortar can muster up, remote work is the way to go if you want to stop saying “goodbye” to your family every morning and “hello” to the heavy traffic congestion that awaits you. Imagine commuting for long hours and thinking about the nice dinner you could be having at the same time. Imagine receiving a fat paycheck every month and yet you don’t get enough time to do the things you love to do with it.
Only a few years ago, remote work was nothing more than a thought pattern
for some individuals who craved for more freedom from work. It obviously didn’t
look like something that appealed to many companies across several industries.
Today, the story is completely different as more establishments are adopting a
work culture that allows their employees to work from outside their office
Even though some people are just not caught out for remote work, I
personally recommend it to everyone and if you are curious to know why, then
check out the benefits below:
I once asked a frecruiter about the benefit of working remotely. And here’s what she said:
It’s not even up to 2 years since I started working remotely and I’ve already been to 7 different countries- Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Paris, Spain, England and Morocco. And before you start thinking these trips were for business, let me inform you that these were my own personal treats.
Call it holiday, vacation, change of environment, or whatever; the most important thing is that I get to travel whenever I choose to. And that’s simply because am working remotely.
- Freedom to be at home with family and pets
It’s very rare to find
traditional offices that allow you bring your kids or chilly dog to work. No
one says you have to do that all the time but sometimes it’s just necessary.
Working remotely affords you plenty of time to
be with your kids and/or pets. You don’t have to wait till the weekend before
you take the dog for a walk around the block.
There are certain days
our kids just want us around all day; they want to tell us stuffs they feel we
should know. If you are busy somewhere in an office, you might get the time to
do these things due to exhaustion time lags caused by long commutes.
Remote work helps you to
easily create that work-life-balance.
- Freedom to decide your day
I dislike the same
morning routine and commuting. It makes me sick. Thank God am done with it! If
you are working in an office, then you have to keep to the office hours no
matter what; whether you like it or not. Unfortunately, there’s another time waster
you can’t avoid and that’s commuting.
Imagine a situation where you work from 9 am to 5 pm every day. In this case, you probably need to wake up around 7 am so you can be on the road at most by 8:20 am. Let’s assume you get back on the road by 6 pm after the close of work and you arrive home at 7 pm (of course, this schedule can only work when the road is not too jam-packed).
When you do the math you
will discover that you’ve spent have of the day (12 hours) working and hoping
from one train to the other. If you ask me, that’s not the best way to live;
that is just like dedicating almost all your active hours in a day to work. That
can make anyone loose his (her) sanity.
Hopefully, you can avoid
all these when you choose to work remotely. Instead of jumping from one train
to the other or queuing up on the road every evening because of the heavy
traffic; you can do healthier things like exercising, eating a nice meal,
drinking enough coffee or just watching TV. The point am trying to make here is
that you are an adult and so you should be able to do what you want.
- Freedom from boring meetings
During my years in those corporate cubicles, sales and marketing teams made my heart heavy when they drag me along their boring meetings. And am sure you are passing the same ordeal if you are still working in an office environment. If there is anything I would like to do now, it would be to write the teams and tell them how their thought processes, their cleverly worded pitches, their achievements and the purported effects on the company does not bother me. Am sure most people in those meetings like me do not care even though we all pretend to be having a good time.
Instead of sitting tight
in a conference room and listening to your long talks, I would prefer to
teleconference from my home office or any other location of my choice, where I
can listen passively to you guys while carrying on with my own job. No doubt,
you guys are doing a great job but seriously you are wasting my time. I have a
lot of work piled up on my desk and I’ve got not enough time for your nice long
speeches. Besides nothing you say will have much impact on my own work. So
let’s help each other-summarize everything you have to say and bullet-point it
on paper. I will be happy to glance at it when I get the time.
- Freedom from strict dress
One of the challenges I faced as a retail manager was
to constantly update my wardrobe with professional attire so that I can really
look like a manager. And am sure most workers in traditional offices also go
through the same thing.
As an employee in a workplace, you can spend anywhere
between $100 to $1000 on clothes ranging from suits, tailored shirts and skirts,
shiny shoes and heels; it all depends on the post you are holding and the
company’s dress code. Such regular expenses might not have a good effect on
However, when working remotely, you can wear anything
and dress anyhow as long as it doesn’t make you comfortable. If you like
working mobile, then you can wear a nice top or t-shirt with a pair of jean to
go along with it. However, if you prefer working at home, then you can even
wear pyjamas. Am enjoying the life and am sure you will too.
to work anytime and from anywhere
We work so that we can
have money to spend; unfortunately our work restricts us from having genuine freedom.
encompasses financial freedom. Being able to work from any location is one the
best ways to enjoy a liberal lifestyle and that is why we digital nomads cannot
give up what we do. Imagine being able to travel when you want to and working
That’s what remote work
offers you-location independence. You can change your schedule anytime you like
to meet other needs. However, with the great flexibility it offers, remote work
requires a lot of discipline and responsibility.
- Freedom from distractions (Improved productivity)
You might not expect this
one but it’s absolutely true. Besides the long commutes, there are many
distractions that will arise every now and then when you are working in a
corporate environment. These may range from gossips and backbiting to sickening
health problems. Under these conditions, it’s is usually very difficult for
workers to achieve maximum productivity.
However, when you work
from home or any other location that shelters you from these distractions, you
are more likely to experience a surge in your productivity.