The Top 3 Advantages of Working from Home

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Don’t enjoy being stuck in a strict time frame of 9-5? Do you find you’re not always creative and efficient between these times? Working from home could suit your lifestyle.

I have been working from home for a market research company while pursuing my undergraduate degree for 9 months now. At first, I was very skeptical. I found myself asking “What if I get nothing done? Will I be able to resist the temptation to procrastinate and do more enjoyable activities?” However, I quickly found that working from home suits me perfectly. There are far more advantages than disadvantages in being able to work remotely, from the comfort of your own home.

Setting your Own Hours Increases Flexibility

Working from home means you get to set your own hours. Not a morning person? Start at 1 pm and work until 9 pm, taking your own breaks in between. Enjoy power naps? Or maybe you’d like to play a few songs on your guitar before starting again? Go right ahead, you’re in your own home. It’s better than chatting around the water cooler.
With setting your own hours comes more flexibility. Start at 9 am, work for a few hours, then spend your afternoons accomplishing tasks you would not be able to get done if you were stuck in an office. Once you return, finish your work at your own pace.

After all, most employers will not care when you work if you work remotely, they care about the desired results.

Working in Creative, Efficient Bursts

With being able to set your own hours means you can work in creative bursts. Creativity can come at any time, it isn’t stuck to a 9-5 schedule.
We are not always efficient or creative at the same times every day. Some days you don’t get a spark until the afternoon, other times you’ll jump out of bed starting right away. Working from home can accommodate your creative and efficiency periods, producing your best quality work.

Save Money and Hours Every Week

Besides being more flexible and working in creative, efficient bursts, the most attractive part of working from home is saving money and time.
Commuting becomes non-existent. No more waiting in traffic, being crammed on public transit, or being late to work because of delays. Your workplace is always only a few steps away. All the comforts of your home are available to you when working.
If you commute two hours everyday to and from work, you lose 10 hours each week. That’s 40 hours a month of lost wages and productivity! Working from home means saving time and making more money.

It certainly is not for everyone, but if you value flexibility and appreciate not being stuck in a regimented 9 to 5 time frame, working from home could certainly be for you. Of course, not all employers are making the full switch to working remotely, and may only offer a few times a week. Always discuss with your employer what suits both of your schedules and be open to compromise!

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About the author

Christopher Bright is a Marketing Research Associate and he's currently pursuing his degree in Business Management at Ryerson University. He has also studied abroad at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and plans to move to Germany for his Master's Degree and subsequent professional career. He has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces since 2012 working as an Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist (ACISS). Outside of his professional life, he enjoys being creative through making music.