There are many benefits to working remotely and with more than 5 million Brits embracing the remote working lifestyle it’s more popular than ever, indeed, perhaps this a long term societal shift that’s here to stay.
The world is becoming more remote today, as presuming you have a decent internet connection, you can work and study from anywhere in the world; be that in the comfort of your home or the dreamed of beach paradise on warmer shores.
No doubt you’ll have heard the tales of someone giving up their daily grind in order to travel the world… where they exchange the shackles of the nine-to-five for flexible working hours and the congested commute for a pleasant walk from their beach hut to a local coffee shop.
The benefits of this remote working lifestyle are clear… there are plenty of people who, right now, have exchanged their office cubicle for a beach in Thailand, getting a foot massage for a few dollars, whilst working on their iPad.
More importantly, the remote working lifestyle gives people an opportunity to spend more quality time with their family… however, on the flip side of that, more and more people are living in insular bubbles where they are no longer having the social interaction with colleagues most people are used to – which can have a negative impact on one’s self-esteem.
Remote working could very well be the future; particularly when you consider the time saving benefits. There are also a number of benefits to business owners, as you can now remotely set up a company from anywhere in the world by using a company like quality company formations and with an abundance of freelance talent available on sites like freelancer.com the administration and burden from a HR perspective is vastly reduced.
We’ve established the benefits of remote working and distance learning, but there are a few disadvantages such as less social interaction which can lead to a feeling of isolation and the reduced ability to communicate to full effectiveness, as in-person communication is by far the best way to get your message across. The main drawback, however, is that of uncertainty.
The concept of a stable job that someone has for life is now archaic to the point it has mostly been wiped out. Today, with portfolio careers, zero hour contracts and the explosion of freelancing – finding stable work can be the most daunting.
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Furthermore, in this global economy, you’re now no longer competing with one or two local candidates – sites such as Freelancer make projects accessible to a global market of freelancers; many of which live in countries with such a low cost of living, they can charge as little as $5 an hour for complex technical tasks blowing the majority of western freelancers out the water, in terms of price.
The remote working lifestyle is an attractive option, but it’s important to be realistic about how challenging it can be to find work and put a strategy in place to ensure you keep your head above water, particularly when starting out.
That said, with such a compelling case for embracing the remote working lifestyle where there’s a will there’s a way, and perhaps the best way would be to find a permanent job that allows you to work flexibly, in the sense that you can travel the world whilst satisfying this contract; picture a graphic designer that is employed by a company who send out work by email on a daily basis.
The perfect recipe one might look for is that of a stable long-term contract + complete flexibility in terms of location and working hours; where the focus is on output rather than clocking in and out, where you are trading time for money rather than output.