You’ve probably noticed that remote work has been taking off in recent years. If you haven’t, have you really been alive? Just kidding! So yes, remote working is on the rise and so is the number of people obsessed with finding such opportunities and living the whole lifestyle. However, the one thing that not that many people talk about is what is it really like to be a remote worker.
Is remote work work really that glamorous, and most importantly, is it something that you should actively seek out? Is remote work the right option for you?
Advantages of remote work
You can move around
Probably one of the biggest advantages of remote work is that you can move around. This is not always the case, but more often than not, it does not matter where you are working from as long as you complete your tasks by the deadline imposed by the company or client you are working for.
You can see your babies grow
A very common reason why people seek out remote work is because they are worried about missing out on their children’s firsts. That is not the case with remote work. Remote work makes it easy for you to be home with your little ones and see them as they grow and begin to explore the world around them without any of that guilt.
You can work in your PJs
Who loves dressing up and wearing a suit every single day? Not us, that is for sure. Remote work makes it possible to do your job without having to wear a perfectly pressed shirt and suit and let’s not mention those heels that hurt your feet after 8 hours of wearing them. You can even wear your PJs and none would be the wiser, not that we recommend you do so.
Most surprisingly, one of the benefits we enjoy the most about working remotely is the fact that we were able to say goodbye to the commute. Commuting is such a waste of time and if you take the same route day after day, it becomes a huge annoyance. Just think about the time and money you can save. Need we say more?
Disadvantages of remote work
If you thought that working remotely will give you back that work-life balance, then you thought wrong. In fact, working remotely can negatively impact that balance more so than regular work does. It is easy to lose track of time when there is no one sending you home. You cannot imagine how many times we’ve stayed up late just so that we could finish one more assignment. One more assignment today means one less tomorrow, right? Not quite.
Lack of socialisation
Remote work can make you feel lonely. There comes a time when it doesn’t matter whether you are an introvert or not. At one point you are going to miss having that human interaction that comes with working a regular 9-5 job. Remember those annoying co-workers? Yes, you will miss those a bit as well (not a lot though).
You might start feeling restless
If you are working from home, there is a chance you will start feeling restless after a while. Let’s be honest, most remote workers are actually working form home rather than from a fancy resort on an island in the Maldives. So working from home can become, well, suffocating. There will be days when you cannot wait to escape and go outside, go anywhere really.
These are just some advantages and disadvantages of remote work. Of course, there are many more that we have not mentioned here. However, these are the things we have personally experienced.
Now that you have a better idea of what working from home is like, it is up to you to decide whether it is the kind of work you should pursue.
If remote working is not for you, then we suggest you have a look at flexible working.