Have you ever wondered what are the pros and cons of working remotely? I was just wandering the same thing and decided to write an article about that. After a long list, I must say that the pros outweigh the cons of working remotely.
Pros of working remotely
You are on your schedule
Having working from home you get to choose what time you’ll work and what time you’ll relax. The biggest advantage is the ability to plan a day ahead of time. You put what needs to be done in the calendar and have total control around that. There’s usually no surprise that would put you off calendar that you couldn’t plan for before. That is a great advantage of working remotely because you get total control over your time. You won’t be in the so-called reactive mode, which can make you more productive. I’d recommend planning your day the night before or first thing in the morning. Use app or calendar and block time in your day for work, rest and even fun. For example, Elon Musk is blocking the time into 5-minute increments every day.
You choose where to live
There’s nothing more satisfying than the ability to live anywhere in the world. Ever dreamed about living on the beautiful and sunny beach in Carribean? No problem! Working remotely will give you the freedom and ability to do just that. You can think about any place in the world and as long as you get the internet connection you can live there. I’d say the ability to live anywhere you choose is the most important advantage of working remotely. You are no longer dependent on office and horrific public transportation to get there. How’s waking up on the beach everyday sounds? I bet you can imagine yourself waking up to beautiful sunshine and start your day walking along the coastline. Let that dream happen.
You spend time with people you want
Have you ever been surrounded by people that just didn’t make you feel comfortable but there was nothing you could do because they were your coworkers? Once you work remotely and from home you get to choose the people you surround yourself with. I’d say having as much freedom and choice is the biggest advantage of working remotely. And if you think you won’t meet that many people during the day, you could still join MeetUp groups or any event that interest you. It’s the freedom of choice that I find most important in life. Take full control of your own life.
You can learn new skills
You no longer have a manager or boss telling you directly what has to be done and how it should be. As long as you can manage your time and discipline you’ll have freedom to learn as much as you can. Wanted to learn a new language? No problem! Now you can schedule it into your day. Even better if you are in a foreign country and could easily walk out and start speaking. Thanks to technology the new skills you could learn online are endless.
Some of the best platforms where you can acquire new skills:
- Lingq ( languages )
- Audible ( audiobooks )
- Brendon.com ( personal development by Brendon Burchard )
- Blinkist ( self-help books )
You will save money
Probably the biggest advantage of working remotely or from home is you get to choose the location. You can easily live on the beach in Thailand paying just few hundred dollars per month for a luxury villa.
Compare that to the regular job in an office, you’d probably need to be as close as possible so you don’t have to commute. That might leave you being stuck in big cities, paying way too much just for some space to sleep. And paying for that horrific subway or public transportation? It’s just too much.
Once you get to work from the comfort of your own home, the dreadful and expensive commute is gone. Now, let’s look at what are the things you could save money on while working remotely.
- Food & Meals
Your health will improve
Having full control over your day will also give you better options related to your health. You will be in control of what you eat as you are not limited to work-cafeteria or food trucks. You get to eat fresh and nutrient-rich food. And if you live in low-cost countries like Thailand, these meals will cost you close to nothing. And the most important thing? You can easily prepare and cook the food yourself.
No time to go to the gym? Workout from home! It’s always better than nothing. What would be the best exercises to do while you’re home? Let’s look at some below:
- Push-ups ( try different variations )
- Jumps ( as simple as that )
- Planks ( my favorite as well )
- Squats ( very effective )
You will get less interrupted
Don’t you hate it when you do something and someone else interrupts you? It will get you off track of what you’ve been doing. It is said that it takes several minutes to get your focus back. And imagine being interrupted several times during the day. It would be so hard to have work done.
On the other hand, working from home will allow you to be focused for as long as you need to without any distractions. And if you can’t get focused at home you can always rent a place like an office that you go to every time you need to have work done. Again, freedom of choice is so important.
You can take power naps
For me, having the ability to take naps whenever I need to is very important as it helps me recharge fast and then get to work immediately. I can simply go to my bed and then get behind the computer, full of energy.
I recommend taking naps of around 15 to 25 minutes long as that will allow to recharge fast and do not enter the deep sleep that would make you even more tired. If you feel bad take one full sleep cycle of 90 minutes or sleep for as long as you need to feel energized. Just don’t oversleep.
I also recommend having to know exactly what you are going to do when you wake up. So you just get from bed and start working, without even thinking about it. I exercise for a few minutes after getting up from bed to take the blood flowing and get myself moving. It will help you to stay more focused. It can be as simple as doing some push-ups.
Your productivity might skyrocket
Having the freedom to plan your day ahead will give you the ability to get better and better every single day. Your productivity will skyrocket. You get to choose what you are going to do every single minute of the day. You’re fully in control of your day and life. For some, this might the biggest advantage of working online. I know it is for me.
You get to focus on most important things in life
Sometimes we have to do things that do not align with our values just because someone else told us to do so. That’s not your life. You’re just helping someone else fulfill their dream. Working online will help you to focus on what’s most important and finish it on your terms.
Don’t you hate being stuck in an office for 8 hours just to fill time? Sometimes, you had finished the work that you were supposed to do, yet you still have to be locked up till your time is up.
Working online can give you the freedom to finish work when you are done and focus on other important things in your life. Spend time with people you love, your kids, continue exploring and have fun living. You should always work to live not live to work. Once you love what you, it is no longer a job anymore.
You’ll get unlimited vacation
No, that doesn’t mean you’re going to spend all day on the beach drinking margaritas. Vacation can simply mean the ability to be anywhere in the world anytime you choose to do so.
Feeling like spending time on the beach? Fly to any beach town around the world and the only thing you need to take with you is a laptop. Stay as long as you want to. Explore the world as much as you can. Working online is the one thing that can help you achieve that.
You choose the outfit you’ll wear
Ever dreamed of working in pajama? Working online will give you that option. However, I recommend wearing something that makes you feel great and put you into working mode. It’s time to take the best suite you have. And for who you ask? You!
That’s the discipline you need to have if you want to succeed while working from home. I also recommend wearing shoes, like you would at the gym. It will help you to focus more intensely on whatever you’re doing.
And once you get tired, it’ll be way harder to just go to bed and be lazy, if you wear your best outfit and shoes. It will push to your limits even though your comfortable bed is steps away. That’s what helped me and I hope it will help you as well.
You get to decorate your own office
Having the ability to make your own office is one of the best benefits of working from home. And my advice is to make it as pristine place as possible. Keep it clean and organize at all times. If your desk is mess then your work will be as well.
I also recommend having a place only for work, nothing else will be done at that place. You won’t check social media there. Do that in another room or place.
Put so-called wealth-triggers on your desk so you get motivated each day you have work to be done. That could be motivating sticky notes, vision board, and even timer so you see time passing by. It will help you get more work done and be successful even if you work from home.
You manage yourself every single day
You finish when you are done. You are your manager and boss at the same time. Can you handle it? Working online gives you as much freedom as you need but you need to have discipline to manage every single minute of your day. Now it’s the time to prove how good can you be while working online from the comfort of your home.
Cons of working remotely
You need a strong self-discipline
Probably the number one reason most people fail while working remotely is the ability to manage own time and stay disciplined. It might be hard to stay awake when your comfortable bed is just steps away.
What about that laundry mess? Will you prioritize it overwork? Cooking every day fresh food for hours sounds great and healthy but do you enough time to do that?
The self-discipline is probably the number one reason most people can’t work done while working from home. Don’t be that person. Let’s look at some routines that can help you manage your self-discipline a little better.
- Make your bed each time you get out of bed
- Wash with cold water
- Get outside to get some fresh air
- Work for 50-60 minutes and then take a break ( power nap )
- Eat healthily and take supplements that can give you more energy and focus
- Make your place as clean and fresh as possible
You can’t meet people in office anymore
Many people have their favorite coworkers that they are great friends with and remote work could break all of that. Now, office space is not an option for mingling anymore. You no longer can interact with people like you did before. The only option would be to meet them outside, which might be even better in most cases.
When you start working online you can choose what people to meet and where. I recommend using the app MeetUp or going to events that interest you. You now make a choice about the people you spend time with.
It’s no longer just about that negative coworker that could drive you crazy in a regular office environment. Just go out and meet people that will lift you up and make you feel better. Now you have the freedom to do that.
You’ll face distractions
Kids want to play, dog’s barking, your wife calls you to cook dinner. Sounds familiar? That’s what can happen while you work from home or remotely. The distractions you could face every single day are endless and unpredictable. The ability to focus and stay disciplined all the time might be overwhelming for most people.
You’ll be dependent on technology all the time
I’ve been failed by technology many times. That could be a slow internet connection or computer giving up to level up with the constant work it needs to handle. It’s hard to predict what can happen. Especially if you are traveling around the world, you have no control of what could happen at any given moment.
You might easily over-work
Having your work at fingertip all the time might easily backfire and put you into constant working mode. That computer is just step away so why not work? The ability to pursue your dream and make more money has never been easier.
Working online can be a 24-hour job if you make it so. You need to set strict rules and know exactly what times are you working and when you’re resting. I recommend planning each day ahead the night before, so you know exactly what you’re going to do at a certain hour.
You might be too lazy to get work done
Having your comfortable bed just step away could easily put you into lazy mode. It might be even harder when you wear pajamas all day long. Why don’t you just watch Netflix if you have the screen in front of you? Finding excuses while working from home or online might be easy. Don’t be that person. Be strong and get things done.