My remote working journey.
Back in January, I was working a 9-5 office job and despite my job being 100% computer based, I had to work in the office each day.
Why? In all honesty, I have no idea. As a digital marketer, I could have done the job from anywhere in the world, but despite working independently day-to-day, my boss just never saw the point of remote working.
Despite enjoying the job, I eventually decided I was done with office work and wanted to become a remote worker.
Downsides of remote working
I’ve personally not had any downsides; a few friends of mine that also work remotely have asked how I deal with any feelings of isolation. But if I’m honest, as a bit of an introvert, I personally enjoy the isolation to office politics.
Rather than isolation, I do struggle seeing the same four walls each day. However, to combat this, I usually take my dog out for a quick walk in the local woods as it allows me to enjoy a change of scenery.
I’ve also learned that just because I have a home office, it doesn’t mean I have to work in there. When weather permits I often work in the garden, or I may choose to take my laptop to the local coffee shop for the afternoon (providing their internet connection is good).
What do I like about remote working?
While I’ve had very few downsides, I’ve found that there are so many benefits to working remotely.
As a mum, it’s often difficult not to feel guilty when you feel like you work all the time. Working remotely has stopped the feelings of guilt as the flexibility allows me to work around my son.
In addition, I often used to say ‘I wish I got paid in time’, but remote working has given me time back. I don’t have to commute to work daily, I don’t have to spend lots of time getting ready and looking presentable, I can just focus on my work.
I also save quite a bit of money as during the working week, I don’t go anywhere to spend any money and as I’m not using my car for commuting, I’m also saving on fuel.
To sum up, if you’re thinking of becoming a remote worker, I can’t recommend it more. Remote working allows you to feel in more control of your life, schedule, money, and future.