By Guest Blogger: Kat Krull
Due to the economy, environmental factors, and smarter technology, working from home is quickly gaining popularity.
In fact, according to recent a CareerBuilder survey, six percent of Americans work from home full-time to date — and it is projected that by 2015 there will two million home-based businesses and more than three million corporate home office households, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). They expect a net annual increase of approximately 180,000 telecommuters each year through 2015.
This is great news for many people who have long commutes and/or who want a little more time for themselves in the morning or after work.
If you are looking to work from home, then you may want to know what perks come with doing so. Here are some to look forward to:
The environment will benefit.
There are some great benefits to saving the environment by working from home. Here are some interesting statistics uncovered by About.com:
- 32 million Americans who could work from home did so at least one day a week, 74 million gallons of gas could be saved — enough go around the globe 51,000 times.
- Even just one-day of telecommuting could save 423,000 tons of greenhouse gas, according to the Telework Reserch Network — the equivalent of taking 77,000 cars off the road for a year.
- As reported on Information Week, the U.S Patent Office's telework program in 2007 (consisting of 3,609 home workers) helped save more than 613,000 gallons of gas, prevent 9,600 tons of carbon emissions, and save over $1.8 million annually in fuel costs. Other companies such as Bell Canada and Cisco report similar environmental benefits.
You will have more flexibility in your life.
You can take the time to walk your dog for a few minutes instead of hiring someone to do so, and in some cases you can reduce childcare costs by keeping children at home with you. You can get a parents’ helper that can do fun stuff with your child in your own home, and if your child still needs to go to an outside sitter, you can use them less hours since you are not commuting to work.
There are many things you can get done working from home that you can’t if you are not there.
You also won’t have to make sure that you dress yourself up every day, rather, you can decide if you want to look good for yourself or stay in your pajamas.
You will have fewer distractions by co-workers.
Many people find that they get more done working from home because you do not have the added distraction of office chit-chat. Sometimes your co-workers will even point out videos and things to look at online that would not have been brought to your attention if you were working at home. Not having the background noise of people talking will help you to focus more on your work.
You will learn to have self-discipline.
Working from home can have its own distractions. The CareerBuilder survey noted that telecommuters noted their distractions to be:
- Household chores – 31 percent
- TV – 26 percent
- Pets – 23 percent
- Errands – 19 percent
- Internet – 18 percent
- Children – 15 percent
With these possible distractions in mind, you can make sure that you keep them to a minimum by setting yourself up for success when working from home. The CareerBuilder survey also pointed out some great tips for staying productive while working from home:
- Keep a normal morning routine – you will still need to get motivated each morning
- Find the best spot to work – not the recliner
- Stay connected to colleagues – use instant messaging with them to keep you on task
- Plan your breaks – get up and move around so you don’t feel like you are in a jail
- Take your work to a coffee shop – it helps to get out and be around other people
You will have time to yourself!
Without having to make a long commute, you will have some extra time on your hands. Use it for you by doing something you love. You may even be able to fit in something new that you couldn’t do when you were commuting!
Now that you know some of the biggest perks of working from home, you’ll hopefully be able to make your transition a little bit easier.
How do you feel about these perks? Do you have others to add?
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