Remote working is all the rage these days. It’s hardly surprising when you consider the benefits. Not only do you get to see the world whilst earning a living, but you also have the scope to expand your business over time. Despite the advantages (of which there are many), there are a few things you need to think about carefully, if you want to make your remote life a success.
First things first, what is remote working?
Remote working means that you do not physically go into your workplace every day, sit at a desk and work until whatever time you’re supposed to finish. You can work from anywhere you like, provided you have the tools to complete the task at hand. This usually means a laptop and a high quality Internet connection. By doing this, you have the freedom to see the world, or do whatever else you want to do, provided you can be self-disciplined enough to get the job done.
So, now you know what it is, what do you need to bear in mind? Here arethe top 5 considerations before you take the remote leap.
Remote Working Can be Quite Lonely
If you’re used to working with colleagues on a daily basis, you might find the isolation of working alone difficult at first. You can side-step this by working from co-working spaces, going on group tours, surrounding yourself with likeminded people and making sure you stay in touch, but isolation is something to bear in mind, for sure.
You Might be Working For Yourself
The chances are that if you work remotely for a company you’re a freelancer, and that means being self-employed and filing your taxes. This isn’t always the case, as some companies employ fully remote workers in the same way as a regular employe, but you do need to check this out to ensure that you’re fully complying with tax rules.
Self-Discipline is Key
The temptation to go to the beach rather tahn do soe work may be so overwhelming that you can’t control it. Self-discipline is a must have for anyone working remotely and temptation is something you will certainly fall foul of from time to time. Even the most experienced remote workers have lapses occasionally! The thing to remember is that if you don’t get the work done, you won’t get paid. Use that as your mantra!
You Might Not Have Employment Perks
It’s possible that you won’t have sick pay, holiday pay, pension contributions and other employment perks by choosing to work remotely. This varies company to company, but most employ remote workers a little like a freelancer and that means you need to cover all bases yourself, especially if you want to build up a pension for your later years.
Reliable Internet is Key
You have freedom in terms of where you work from, but that doesn’t mean you can literally work from anywhere. You need to have high quality, reliable Internet, otherwise you’re not going to be able to communicate with your clients and you’re not going to be able to send completed work. Before you travel anywhere, check out the quality of the Internet.
If you can sidestep the possible issues and bear in mind the most important points, remote working can be a very rewarding and exciting way to work!