By Manpreet Dhillon
In this world of technology, the percentage of remote workers currently in the US is 4.7 million, or 3.4% of the population, as companies realize the value of offering this as an option for their employee’s well-being and the bottom line. Given the current health crisis that is happening in the world, the idea of remote work and home-based businesses are on top of mind for many.
Remote working either as an employee or through a home-based business can lead to multiple advantages and disadvantages. Some of the advantages/disadvantages are included below:
- Reduced commuting time
- Uninterrupted working time
- Flexible hours and pace
- Balance of work/home life
Disadvantages can include:
- Family distractions
- Insufficient workspace
- Lack of workplace camaraderie
- Difficult to stay motivated
A few tips for working from home:
- Create a schedule that works for you, your clients, and your family.
It is important to have a schedule that is dedicated to focused time for your work. It should be distraction-free, in a quiet space where you can work uninterrupted, and it allows you to be productive. An ideal schedule for optimal performance can include 20 minutes of focused time on one task then a quick 1-5-minute break, followed by the same cycle. This type of focused activity is known to increase productivity.
- Stay connected to colleagues.
Working from home can create a sense of isolation and disconnect. It is very important to stay connected to colleagues since you won’t be seeing them in an office environment. Using online methods such as Slack or video/ voice chat are important ways to stay connected. If you are a solopreneur, your colleagues may be other solopreneurs or strategic partners, schedule at least a 30-minute conversation with someone else who is in a similar stage of business as you so you can have someone who understands you and gets you.
- Plan to work in a social space at least once a week if possible.
Working in a space with other entrepreneurs or other individuals such as a co-working or coffee shop will allow you to feel connected to the outside world. It will provide you an opportunity to meet new people, have different conversations or at the very least have a change of scenery. Working remotely as an employee or with a home-based business can be ideal for many people to accommodate all that is important to them in their lives. As long as the approach is purposeful and with intention, it can lead you to the enhancement of your life you want
Author’s Bio: Manpreet is the Founder and CEO of Veza, a socially responsible
company offering training, workshops, international trade
missions and executive and career coaching to individuals and companies. Veza aims to transform the face of leadership by accelerating more women of cultural backgrounds in leadership positions