The number of people working from home is increasing yearly. There’s definitely a shift in the workforce globally. Advancements in technology, including access to software and the internet, allow them to create a workplace from virtually anywhere. Listed below are some positive reasons prompting the change.
A Flexible Schedule
Not everyone enjoys getting up early. Working remotely from home for yourself allows you to create a work schedule catered to meet your needs. You can make the decision to work 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or the overnight shift. So long as you put in the hours it doesn’t matter how you achieve it.
Taking Time Off
Over the years, special occasions such as graduation, school trips, and after-school functions were things you missed. You found a doctor who had off hours one evening per week and on Saturday and the month of your vacation was rarely of your choosing. Self-employed and working from home you no longer miss family events and your vacation is whenever you want, spur-of-the-moment, or planned in advance. Catching up with retired parents and spending quality time is now possible.
Avoiding the Crowds
With a lengthy commute, previously you left work and headed to the grocery store on your way home. Unfortunately, you weren’t the only one with the same plan. Most commuters value time as a precious commodity. The need to multitask and eliminate waste is the key to survival. Without the commute, you gain back valuable time. You can go food shopping at non-peak hours and enjoy having the shopping center to yourself. During the day, the roads are less crowded making it easier to run several errands in less time.
With more time on your hands and the freedom to come and go as you please, the world is your oyster. If you want to schedule a facial treatment or a full set of nails, Houston salons or those in your city will get you right in. You can also join a gym and work out early in the day.
Avoiding the Chatter
Working in a large office comes with many distractions. There’s always someone that has the need to talk often. There are others who are loud making it hard to focus especially if your desk is in close proximity. There are some distractions working from home. You may on occasion hear machinery or a dog bark.
However, for the most part, there’s silence. You choose the background noise. Music on a low level fills the void of complete silence. It is also a natural soother helping you remain energized and content.
As a self-employed person, your commute is a walk from the bedroom to your office. You won’t have to fill the gas tank twice a week, pay tolls, and the need for an oil change is reduced to once annually.
Depending on your length of travel, that can amount to a hundred or more weekly. Factor in wear and tear to your vehicle and coffee and lunch ordered out, and your savings grows substantially. How about dress attire? You no longer need an expansive or expensive wardrobe. Depending on how often you meet with clients, you can basically work in sweats, tees, and sneakers.
No Salary Cap
Working for you eliminates the salary cap. You can earn as much as possible. If you work hard and maintain loyal clients, you can grow your business to a level never fathomed. You no longer have to build the courage to have a chat with your boss about a raise. If you need more money, you earn it. You open a retirement account and start putting money away beginning day one.
The pandemic, while devastating to Houston, also opened the door to new work opportunities. Many discovered that they enjoyed working from home and the freedom it provides.