It’s 6 a.m. and your alarm wakes you up. After hitting the snooze button a few times, you finally stumble out of bed. With one eye open, you brush your teeth, throw some water on your face and make your way to the kitchen to get that very important cup of coffee. After you’ve actually opened both of your eyes, you head to your office. Fortunately for you, you work from home.
Sound nice? Approximately 20 to 30 million people work at home at least once a week and that number is expected to increase by 63 percent in the next five years, according to the Telework Research Network.
Almost everyone likes the idea of having the flexibility and freedom of working from home. Teleworkers are able to save money, spend less time sitting in traffic and more time with their family.
Cost and time savings
Many people do not realize how expensive it is to go to work five days a week. The money you spend on your daily cup of coffee from Starbucks, fueling your car or tickets for public transportation, tolls, work clothes and lunches can all add up very quickly.
Also, think about your busy schedule. You wake up before the sun so you can quickly get ready and out the door before traffic gets too hectic. Depending on what city you live in, you may have to deal with rush hour traffic no matter what time you leave. And more than likely, you’re going to be stuck in the same traffic jams on the way home.
Nationwide, 4.2 billion hours are spent driving in traffic every year. I’m still getting used to Atlanta’s traffic. Sometimes, my nine mile commute can last for over an hour.
Although teleworkers are more likely to work an additional five to seven hours a week, they still have the opportunity to spend more time with family. Instead of rushing out the door to get to work in time, you can spend more time with your family in the morning and even drop your children off at school. Do you have a dog? If it’s a nice day, you can take him out on a midafternoon walk.
The hours you’re not commuting to and from work can be used to spend quality time with family and friends.
Dealing with inclement weather, aggressive drivers and traffic jams can add unneeded stress to your day. Even searching for a parking space in a jam packed garage can be extremely frustrating. When your commute consists of walking a few feet to your home office, you can get a much better start to your morning.
Although teleworking is growing in popularity, it’s not the best option for everyone. Some may not like working alone and away from their team while others can’t function well without a lot of structure or constant supervision. In order to become a successful telecommuter, it’s important to evaluate your work ethic and decide if telecommuting is for you.
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