#remotelife: What’s it really like to work remotely
For most of my career, I’ve had to go to the office every day. This has worked for me as far as collaborating with coworkers, but the background noise and constant interruption isn’t always welcome when you’re trying to do deep work.
Since then, working for a company that allows flexible hours and remote work has been a priority in my career. I’ve recently worked for companies trying to give some control back to their employees, regarding their time management and how they “get shit done”. I did say trying. Old habits die hard, and some managers still don’t understand the importance of building a relationship of trust with their employees.
Working remotely has its perks. Picking up the kids early so you don’t need to send them to daycare. Waking up and opening your laptop without moving from under the sheets. But there’s also plenty of downsides. The remote life isn’t always as glorious as it seems.
The Benefits of #remotelife
Still, working from anywhere is actually a dream of mine. I work in the U.S., but my entire family is in France. If you’re in a similar situation, you know going back home often means taking your PTO hours all at once, and be done with it for the rest of the year. Working remotely would allow me to see them more often without having to be away from the office. The “office” could be anywhere, as long as I have wifi!
— Drew (@drewthompson07) June 21, 2016
— Luke Summerfield (@SavvyLuke) June 14, 2016
There are also less charming aspects of remote working that I would still consider benefits. You don’t have to go to the other side of the world. What about working from your bathroom if you wanted to, instead of having an hour-long commute every morning?
— Lauren Smith (@ImLaurenSmith) July 6, 2016
Justine Jordan, my new favorite email marketing hero since I saw her at Digital Summit Atlanta, is the #remotelife queen (or the stepchild, which ever). She loves to use Twitter to share with us the daily perks of working from home.
— Justine Jordan (@meladorri) June 28, 2016
To sum up, this is why I would like to work remotely:
- Better time management
- Better work/life balance
- More opportunities to focus on a single task without distraction
From a less selfish perspective, more tele working could also have a big impact on the economy and the environment. According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, if those with compatible jobs and a desire to work from home did so just half the time (roughly the national average for those who do so regularly) the national savings would total over $700 Billion a year including:
- A typical business would save $11,000 per person per year
- The telecommuters would save between $2,000 and $7,000 a year
That’s the theory. In real life, there are some downsides to working from home.
The Drawbacks of #remotelife
When working remotely, you start to realize how technology depend we are. Internet becomes a gift and a curse.
First, make sure to invest in getting a reliable wifi connection. Meaning, if you live in Atlanta, GA, please stay away from Comcast. The internet speed always changes and if you have a serious issue, don’t count on customer service to help you. I recently moved to Charter and it’s been better (I hope I won’t jinx myself). When you start traveling, having your own hotspot could be a life savior. Depending on hotels’ wifi is risky.
— Keith Elder (@keithelder) November 15, 2015
If you’re tired of going through regular eight-hour workdays, remember there are plenty of potential traps that comes with teleworking.
Since I’m trying to keep this blog short, and I found some one that did a better job that I would probably do, I invite you to read this blog that expands on some challenges:
- Working all the time
- No boundaries between work and personal life
- feeling guilty about not working
- Lack of structure
If you decide to make the move, here are also some advice from Gary Vee (9m39s):