More women than ever are choosing to work from home. Many do so by starting their own business, telecommuting or working as freelancers. In fact, it’s thought that 58% of online freelance work advertised is won by female applicants and that 45% more women worked from home in 2015 than in 2005, and these percentages are constantly rising.
And while statistics still show that more men than women are self-employed, the gap is closing fast. From virtual workers to entrepreneurs, more and more women are finding ways to work from home. If you are interested in following the trend, you should know that working from home has the potential to change your life… for the better.
Here are 4 benefits of working from home and why you might want to consider it.
control over your workflow
Have you ever worked a job where although you had to be there for eight hours a day you were able to complete your tasks in as little as four?
One of the biggest advantages of working from home is your ability to control your workflow. Some days you may work the full eight hours, but on those days that you’re all caught up and your work is complete, you can call it quits for the day – no matter what time it is.
You’ll be able to arrange your tasks to suit you. In most situations, outside of conference calls or video meetings, you can start and finish when you want. You’ll also have the ability to work in small intense chunks instead of for long periods of time – which is better for focus and performance. If you’re more creative at different times of day, you’ll have flexibility. By working from home you’re free to work late into the evening or tackle your to-do list early in the morning. The most important thing to remember is that you’ll be empowered to control your workflow which usually leads to increase productivity and your personal well-being.
We’re women. Some of us have spouses, children or families. Most of us have a monthly visitor that throws a wrench in our productivity – at least a few days a month. And sometimes we just need a mental health day, or two… or seven.
When you work from home you gain flexibility in your workday. Whether that means taking the little one to a doctor appointment or that your husband has the flue and needs your assistance. You’ll be able to better balance other commitments and responsibilities, while still pursuing your career.
you’ll gain new skills
When you work from home you learn a lot about yourself. You learn to manage your own time and organize your days without the input of someone that doesn’t understand how you work best. You’ll learn how to motivate yourself and how to follow a plan to completion without being told what to do. Or if you’re an entrepreneur, you’ll have a front-row seat to the importance of small business insurance; how to handle self-employment taxes; how to lead a team; and how to develop effective marketing strategies.
You’ll acquire an in-depth understanding of your industry or business.
But this is one time that you’ll want to learn. You may enjoy it even. Because, when you work from home, you need to succeed. If you enjoy the perks of working from home, you’ll want to be good at it!
There are several aspects of working in an office or workplace that we don’t often talk about. Like having to constantly engage your co-workers even if you’re an introvert. Or chip in for a colleagues gift even though you’ve never shared more than two sentences with him or her. Or battling hours in traffic every day just because work starts and stops during peak traffic hours.
Instead, working from home allows you to spend more time with your friends and family. You’ll also be able to avoid the morning (or evening) commute. You may even be able to take conference calls in your pajamas or work in bed while binge watching Netflix. You’ll have lunch when you want, and where you want, and you’ll have more control over creating a healthy work/life balance – which is the most important benefit of all.