Like it or not, the increased level of remote work is here to stay. For many people, remote work sounds like the best of both worlds. Remote is a style of work that doesn’t tie you down to a physical location, however, it may not be right for everyone.

A remote worker may work at home or as they travel the globe. It really can be the best of both worlds. But before you go down that path, there are some pros and cons one must consider to help decide if it’s right for you.

One of the most significant advantages of remote work is the freedom and flexibility it affords. You can travel the world working anywhere with just a computer and Wi-Fi connection.

You can be an entrepreneur who manages their business from exotic places. Or, you can work at home and never have to deal with the commute and the hassles of an office.

Now, one of the challenges of working on your own is the immense discipline it requires. You no longer have your boss and coworkers there with you to help you stay on track.

One runs the risk of blowing off work, which is especially attractive if you’re living by the beach somewhere. You’ll have a whole new world of potential distractions. Also, if you own your own business, you’ll be the one planning your long-term growth strategy.

Another advantage of remote work is its cost-effectiveness. As a business owner, you don’t need to invest in a workspace or pay utility bills. Your home is your office.

If you’re working for others, you can save money on all the expenses associated with traveling to work. You can also relocate to a country with a favorable exchange rate where your pay goes further.

Remote work can be useful for your work-life balance but can also be deadly for it. It’s easy to blur your business and professional life when you work remotely. New remote workers tend to spend too much time on work and neglect their personal life. If you plan to work this way, you’ll need to develop some strategies to help you maintain balance.

Since you’re not physically connected to work, the remote work lifestyle lends itself well to a good work-life balance. Working at home, you can spend more time with your family. You’ll have more time to enjoy the things you love doing. If you or your spouse wants to move, you can pick up and move without quitting your job.

Now, there’s one last thing…

Technology enables us to live and work anywhere efficiently, but it can also present some hurdles. Your current workplace takes care of the internet and equipment for you.

If you plan to work remotely, you’ll have to supply your hardware, accessories, backups, batteries, and internet connection. Depending on what technology you need for work, this can be quite challenging. The good news is there are many resources available to help you with your technology infrastructure. Both for free and for-fee!

Given the factors discussed, how does working remotely sound to you?

“Nearly Three in Four CFOs Plan to Shift at Least 5% of Previously On-Site Employees to Permanently Remote Positions Post-COVID 19”

Gartner, Inc.

If you feel remote work is right for you, keep in mind the many challenges and develop strategies to address them. Remote work has its problems, but many who do remote work find the pros far outweigh the cons.

Is remote work right for you?

#YourLeadershipGuide
Kim


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