I’ve been a remote worker for about a year and a half and I have to remind myself sometimes that I no longer work in a physical office space. I’m considered part of the telecommuting minority at my company as the majority of the employees work in a physical office. However, I was
fortunate my company was open to the idea and agreed to my remote worker transition as I made the move to North Carolina to be with my husband.
Overall, the option to work remotely in the U.S. is on the rise according to The New York Times. The author of the article shared statistics from the American Community Survey showing that telecommuting has risen 79 percent between 2005 and 2012 and now makes up 2.6 percent of the American work force, or 3.2 million workers. I’m proud to be part of that statistic and there a many perks to telecommuting, as well as many challenges. But I’ll discuss the challenges in another blog. For now, I want to focus on the positives by sharing my top five perks of telecommuting.
1. Dress code is my code.
My company is pretty casual and jeans are the norm unless you have a client meeting. But as a telecommuter, my wardrobe consists of yoga pants, tank tops and sports bras. Real bras are lame. Some telecommuters recommend wearing jeans everyday and dressing up to feel more professional but I don’t agree that is right for everyone. I enjoy being comfy while I work long hours and if I need to run errands I’m still in acceptable to clothing to leave the house. My workout attire is not the snappiest, but one day I hope to invest in super fly attire. If you want recommendations, my good friend Lauren has tips on snagging workout wardrobe deals at The Thrifty Mermaid.
2. 9-5 is bye-bye.
My job requires me to work odd hours and I’ve had to start days in the office at 4:30 AM while other days I’ve left the parking lot at 11 PM. Because my office is my home I can manage my schedule so that if I have to be online in the wee hours of the morning, I can end my day early. When I worked in the office and started early, I felt I had to remain at the office until 6 PM because my coworkers were diligently working. Now, I can obtain better work/life balance when I’m required work odd and long hours.
3. Weekly lunch dates with the hubby.
My husband works from home 1-2 times a week and we try to take lunch breaks together. I cherish this time because we get to unplug for an hour and reconnect during the middle of the day.We also make each other get out of house and grab lunch at one of our favorite Ocean Isle Beach spots.
4. Puppies, puppies, puppies.
We have two lively puppies, Cannoli and Vita. One of the best parts of remote working is I get to be home with the girls everyday. I sound like a mommy blogger right now, but I love being home with the girls. They don’t have to be in a crate all day (we can’t let them run free in the house) and being home while we were potty training, was another perk. Also, when I have a bad day, there are two cuddle bugs who make me feel better. Cannoli still likes to spite us with accidents around the house and being home does not mean they are well-behaved dogs, but its comforting to have them at my feet during the workday.
5. Beach is right down the street.
There are days that can be overwhelming and I feel like the world is crashing down on me. When I worked in an office and the pressure got to me, I used to take walks around the block in downtown Orlando. I’ve loved taking these walks with a 7Eleven fountain drink, but now when I need to take a mental break, I have this view…
Life as a remote worker isn’t so bad…