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Working from home is an important aspect of the gig economy. And with good reason—working from home lets you save on commuting expenses, gives you more flexibility to balance work and personal life, and can even lower your stress levels when you no longer have to deal with soul-sucking traffic every day.However, working from home also has its pitfalls. It’s easy to get isolated and lose motivation when there are no coworkers around to motivate or inspire you. On top of that, it’s easy for others to assume that working from home means you aren’t putting in enough hours or taking your job seriously. That’s why we’re going to let one thing not influence your decision regarding remote work: Fear.
What Is Fear And Why Does It Matter?
Fear is the feeling of perceived danger, either to oneself or to others. It’s an important part of human nature. It helps us to survive by putting us on guard against danger, letting us know when to run and when we might need to fight. The problem is that fear is often irrational. It can cloud our judgement and leave us in a state of panic when we really don’t need to be. Let’s look at a common fear that plagues many people: public speaking. It’s the number one fear that people face. But why is that? Why is speaking to a group of people so terrifying that it tops the list every time? The reason is that many of us have had negative experiences with public speaking. We’ve had an audience laugh at us, we’ve botched our lines, or we’ve simply been too nervous to be coherent.
Stay Focused On Your Goals
If you’re like most people, you don’t have a crystal ball. You can’t see into your future and know with 100% certainty what the gig economy will look like or how your business will be affected by the current state of affairs. Nor can you predict how your personal life will change as a result of new obligations. Let’s say that as a telecommuter, you’re worried that there may come a time when you’ll want to go back to a traditional work setting. What if you have kids and want to spend more time with them? What if you need to relocate for your partner’s job? What if your business doesn’t perform as well as you’d hoped? These are all genuine concerns that you have every right to have. But they also can’t be the only things that influence your decision. You also have to look at your current financial situation, where you want to be financially in the future, and what your goals are in life.
Remote Working Comes With Additional Costs
One of the biggest benefits of working remotely is that it lowers your overhead. You don’t have to pay for office space, furniture, utilities, or repairs if something breaks down. However, if you work in a field that requires you to use specialized equipment, you’ll likely need to buy that equipment whether you work from your home or an office building. If you’re a graphic designer or a programmer, for example, you’ll need your computer and relevant software whether you work from home or from the office. You might also need to buy a decent internet connection if your current one isn’t fast enough for remote work.
You’re Still Constantly Communicating With Other People
There are a number of ways that you can keep healthy work relationships with your coworkers. You can use video conferencing, online collaboration tools, or even phone calls to stay in touch with your colleagues and keep on track with your team. Remote workers still have all of these options available to them. If you’re worried that you’ll lose your connection to your colleagues, you really don’t need to be. There’s also the fact that remote workers often feel like they have more authority than their in-office counterparts. The employees in the office are the ones who have the social interactions and know-how to “suck up” to their supervisors. Remote workers only have their work product to stand on.
Working From Home Means More Flexibility
When you work in an office, you typically have set hours. You may be able to come in early or stay late when needed, perhaps even working from home a few days per week, but for the most part, your hours are set. You have a set day when you come in and a set day when you go home. This can be great if you have a family or other obligations and need to stick to a fairly strict schedule. But it can also be incredibly limiting. On the other hand, working from home gives you a great deal of flexibility. You can choose what hours to set as your work hours and can adjust them as needed. If you have a sick child, for example, and need to be home with them, you don’t have to worry about missing work and getting reprimanded for it.
Working from home is a great way to improve both your quality of life and your work performance. However, it’s important to keep your fears in check when deciding whether or not to work remotely. Remote work can provide you with more flexibility and allow you to better balance your work and personal life. It can also save you significant amounts of money in commuting costs and can even lower your stress levels when you no longer have to deal with soul-sucking traffic every day.