Career Advice

Exploring Remote Career Options?

Employer Match 20 June, 2018

More companies are beginning to embrace the benefits of hiring remote workers. That means more jobs are available for people interested in working from home than ever before. However, before you embrace your dreams of ditching the morning commute and shifting your career to a remote career, keep these potential benefits and considerations in mind.

Benefits of Working Remotely

Working remotely offers many benefits both to the businesses that allow it and the professionals who do it. Some of the benefits are listed below.

  1. Eliminate your commute. Perhaps the greatest benefit of working remotely is that you eliminate the daily commute and save yourself the amount of time you would otherwise spend driving to and from work each day.

  2. Avoid office politics. Few political arenas can be more lethal than that of office politics. While the stakes might not be literal life and death, choosing the wrong alliance here can be lethal for your career advancement opportunities. You have an office of one when working from home. No politics here.

  3. Work in comfortable, casual clothes. Even if you have to participate in occasional video chats that require somewhat more formal attire, you can spend most days working in your comfy clothes without anyone being the wiser.

Considerations Before Working Remotely

Before you take the plunge and decide to work from home, keep these considerations in mind as well.

  1. It can be lonely. You don’t have the camaraderie of working in an office setting and may go days at a time without communication with actual people other than via email.
  2. You must be self-motivated. There’s no one looking over your shoulder to spur you forward.
  3. Distractions abound. When you work in an office, you’re not distracted by things that need to be repaired, replaced, or cleaned around the house. Plus, people respect your time better when you work in an office.

The pros and cons of remote working are worth considering. For many job seekers it offers an excellent solution. But, it’s not the right choice for everyone.