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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Benefits of working from home.

Whether a person calls it remotely, telecommuting, home office, any other place than a traditional company office or Company building.

You get to work in any outfit you want, even work in your PJs, avoid the long nasty commutes, answer emails from a beach, a hammock in your backyard. You’ve heard some of the common benefits of working "remotely" (and yes, they’re true!).

But there are some things that might surprise you about what it’s like when you don’t have to go into the office every day.

Take a look at these 7 ways your life can be different when you work from home, then go out and get that great "work from home" type job you’ve been dreaming of!


1. Your Office Can Be Anywhere and Have Difference Looks.

You need to have all the necessities to function like a traditional office. But that doesn't mean you need a huge bulky desk or cubicle with all the office supplies and a fun chair to spin around in, in your living room. (I seen a fax machine in a bathroom once)

I've heard of many people actually getting those treadmill type desks, lay down desks, or a stand up type desk for all those amazing health benefits. I sit on an exercise ball in a room designated to be my simple office in my home.

Also your office doesn't have to be tied to your home. It can be anywhere. Some people like to go to a cafe, library, parks etc. Make sure you have a long lasting battery tho for your cell phone and that laptop. I've even seen people conducting business at their favorite concerts, pubs and other places.

So it doesn't really matter, as long as it serves the purpose and you separate it from your normal family life. Keep work at work.

2. Saving Money Is A Huge Thing For many People.

No more dealing with the nasty stress of driving to work. Commuting is terrible. Wear and tear on your vehicle. Gas consumption goes way down. If you take a bus or ride with a friend, it's still a waste of time sitting in all that traffic going to and from work.

Stay healthier preparing your own foods and drinks at home while savings hundreds of dollars you normally would spend eating out on a daily basis. (fast food and Teriyaki chicken anyone?)

Saving all that money from not having to go to the dry cleaners once a week. I used to wear suits to work and I love dressing in nice suits and polished shoes. I'm not saying, now that you work from home, go throw out your entire wardrobes or donate them to a greater cause, keep them for meetings and a night out on the town for sure.

3. Make your own work schedule and be flexible.

When you first start an online business, after choosing the perfect company to work with that fits your needs, you will want to determine the amount of work needed to achieve your goals.

I encourage my team to write down their short-term, mid-term and long-term goals so that we can put together a road map to success on how to attain those goals.

Set the needed amount of time each day so that you can get closer and closer to your goals. But remember, make it fun by staying flexible. Taking the needed breaks to refresh yourself, maybe even taking a small power nap mid day (set that alarm tho so you don't over sleep). I work mostly in the afternoons till a little past midnight, that's when I'm most productive. So find the best times for you.

4. Learning to be your own You.

Make certain that the company your are working for, have a wonderful support team willing and ready to assist in your success.

You will learn to be proactive and acquire the needed skills because now that you're working for yourself and not in a traditional office setting, you must find ways to be more independent.

You will take on the responsibilities of the tech department, support department, marketing department and many of the other departments because you no longer have a colleague sitting 2 feet from you. (sometimes inches from you hahaha)

5. You are able to stay more focused.

Some think that working for yourself without all that micromanaging (ya ok I know you will miss it lol) will make you bored and not stay on your toes or remain focused. But the opposite can be true.

Having your goals pinned up on your goal board with images and the road map to success, will help you if you start to sway a little and lose focus, all you need to do is look up at that board to get you back on track.

No more worrying about your co-workers coming to you every few minutes to ask if you want to take a smoke break or another coffee break. You will be way more productive.

6. Not getting caught up in the gossip and office politics.

I hear of stories all the time from friends that work at a "normal" job about things their co-workers said or did that almost put their jobs on the line.

I enjoy that fact that I can act the way I want and do things here in my office that I could never do at a traditional office setting.

Say things to myself without worrying if I'm being politically correct or not by that nosy eavesdropper sitting inches from me waiting for me to slip up so that she can go tell the boss.

I can take a 10 minute break when I want and do a sweet 10 minute workout, throw the ball around with my son, go to the brewery and grab a refreshing seasonal Microbrew (or 2) and come back and network some more.

7. Huge Tax deductions.

I will not pretend to be a tax adviser here but networking is my full time career and main source of income, therefore according to my CPA, I'm entitled to many tax deductions every year which is awesome!

Be sure to look into the deductions you can claim within your area.

These are just a few of the MANY benefits about working from home. There are many more. I prefer this over any normal job or traditional office setting any day.

If you are disciplined enough, can stay focused, an individual that always achieves his/her goals, then working from home may be the answer for you.

I'd love to hear from you about this post. Feel free to leave a comment.

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