Working in your pajamas, not having to deal with the awful traffic during your commute to work, and not having to engage in work gossip are all well-known major benefits of working from home. The awesome thing about those benefits is that they’re actually true… not just some imaginary standard!
The thing about being a work-from-home parent is that it comes in two forms, for the most part. How? Well, you’re either working remotely for a company and following their business standards or you’re working for yourself and following your own business standards.
In running your own business, you’re, of course, going to follow typical business standards like making sure your business is registered and getting business insurance to give your clients peace of mind in knowing they’re protected in case something goes wrong.
Whereas working remotely, those things are already taken care of… you are just pretty much doing the same thing you would do in the office, you’re just not physically in the office… the common denominator in both work scenarios is the freedom you have.
Again, being a work-from-home parent comes with freedoms like the common working in your pajamas and dodging the morning traffic but there are also freedoms you may not even realize you have, and this applies to whether you work remotely or work for yourself. Your whole view of work can be changed in an instant as a work-from-home parent. Take a look at some of the biggest freedoms that work from home parents experience.
1 Your Office Can Be Anywhere You Want It to Be
Just because you have the title of “work-from-home” parent doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to work from home. That’s something that parents tend to forget sometimes; they’re so used to working from home that they don’t even realize they don’t have to place their work in a box… you have the freedom to carry your office with you wherever you want!
2 You’re Actually More Productive
Not saying that you weren’t productive when you were going into the office but the fact that you don’t have your boss breathing down your neck just gives you the freedom to be more comfortable in your own environment, allowing you to be more productive. It’s not even that you hate your boss or the office environment, it just the fact that your home is your place of comfort and when you don’t feel the pressures that an office environment sometimes brings, it causes you to work produce a better quality of work at a more efficient pace.
Research has been conducted that states that more and more companies are hiring remote workers because they’re more productive. In fact, an article from Forbes confirms the study and further states that hiring remote workers is probably the best thing a company can do for their bottom line.
3 You Can do as Little or as Much Work as You Want
With remote work, you’re still working for a business and following the same business standards, meaning, you still will be working the same business hours depending on the agreement you have. With running your own business, you have the freedom to work as little or as much as you want.
With that type of freedom, it’s also important to understand that your business only gets what you put into it, which also includes time and effort. If you only want to work two days this week, you have the freedom to do that; in the same token, if you want to work seven days straight, you also have the freedom to do that too, you just have to keep an eye on your business’ performance and based on that, you can determine if you want to give yourself an added off day or not… You can use that extra day off to take a trip to the spa if you want!
4 Vacations Can Be Just Another Day in the Office
Do you remember when you were going into the office and had to put in for vacation time? Well, as a work-from-home parent, that’s a thing of the past now. If you work remotely, you’ll still need to request vacation time because you simply don’t want to have to work while laying on the beach but if your family went on a small trip, you actually don’t have to request time off for that… you would simply work during your trip BUT you wouldn’t be in an office environment!
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