Even if you’re not familiar with Dolly Parton’s song “9 to 5,” you probably know well with the exasperating grind of “what a way to make a living!” Waking up in the wee hours of the morning to the scream of your alarm, dragging the comb through your hair, and slogging to the car to fight with other angry commuters is not the dream life anyone imagined.
The good news is that the times, they are a-changing. With the internet and social media readily available to most everyone, some people have found that they don’t have to do any of those things, and there are some mighty advantages to those who work outside the confines of an office cubicle.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is now saying over 30% of Australian workers are working from the comfort of their homes. That’s nearly one in three. The most-quoted reason is to catch up on workloads, which might seem a bit daunting, especially when a national study says that workers are donating $110 billion of free labor every year. But there are plenty of other reasons one might find that remote work suits them.
1. Time and Money Saved
If you think about all the money that goes into your commute, you might find you’ve been chucking money down a wishing well. The cost of gas or bus tickets, but when added up, is far more than mere pennies. When all the money you make has to go to shelter or food, the cost of commute really stacks high.
Also reflect on the time you waste on a commute. Even if it’s only half an hour each way, that’s still an hour of your day you could be doing something else with your time. For many people, the drive to and from work is longer than one hour Just sit back and think of all that lovely traffic, the honking horns, the slow crawl, and you’ll be ready to crawl back into bed and never leave.
They say it’s impossible to have your cake and eat it too. You might be present for the building of the family, but if you work full-time, it’s hard to be there for them. You might miss baby’s first steps. You might miss out on a fine day to walk your dog or having lunch with your spouse. When you work remotely, you can buy the cake mix, bake the cake, eat the cake, and share the cake with your family. And that stuff is important—you have to work to provide for this family. You should also get to take part in their lives.
Have you ever worked in an office? Even worse, have you ever worked in a cubicle? It can feel like prison, the kind that requires you to wear a tie. Standing all day in retail is awful, but sitting all day in a high-backed swivel chair is not much better. The World Health Organization calls workplace stress the “health epidemic of the 21st century.” Stress is the silent killer; it can cause mental and even physical pain. You may feel trapped or listless, and being in an office is a surefire way to remind you of it. With remote work you can choose your environment, be it at home or a coffee shop, and no one glares at you if you have to go to the bathroom for a fifth time.
4. Good for Companies
Stressed-out workers are not what a company wants long-term. They may think they’re getting the better end of the deal to have their employees on site, but when workers are stressed, they’re less productive, and contribute to a workplace ‘atmosphere’ that is less than agreeable. Companies see a rise in productivity when they allow their employees to work on their own terms, on their own time, at their own pace, and retaining trained workers becomes much easier when they actually enjoy what they do.
5. Creates Jobs
Any rise in a new idea or fashion requires a skilled team that knows how to manage such things. And when you aren’t speaking or working face-to-face, you’re going to need more IT members to manage that technology, and especially more HR mediation. Even new business owners have taken on this approach of remote work. You’ll find small business CEOs hunched over their laptops in every coffee shop, crunching the numbers while sipping a chai tea latte. And with this rise in remote working, other companies have wised up, taking advantage of those who don’t want to get out of their bunny slippers. Accounting firms and other financial businesses make working from home even easier, so you only get in your car to get to a family road trip.
Working from home can be incredibly rewarding, but if you find that you might not have time or capacity to handle every aspect of your business, don’t let yourself become overwhelmed. There are plenty of cloud accounting services, like Xero and Intuit Quickbooks, that can help you handle the books for your company with ease and with the support of a team. And here at TCA, we can offer you added support with cloud accounting set-up, migration, and training courses. Contact us today to see how we can add to the benefits of working remotely.