Author: Jocelyn ter Morsche, marketer at remote company Xoxzo.
Remote work seems appealing: no more morning commute and goodbye uncomfortable suits and office politics. However, it is not all that it seems and people who can only imagine what it’s like to work from home, probably paint an overly optimistic picture of a remote worker’s life.
But what is it really like to work remotely? In this part 1 out of 2 discussing the pros and cons of remote work, I will first talk about the pros that I experienced while working from home. Perhaps you’re thinking of making the switch to a remote job so it’s a good idea to first find out if this work style suits your personality and lifestyle. Check out this list so you can have a deeper understanding of what the life of a remote worker is like.
Pros of remote work
1 – Goodbye commute! 2 – Save money 3 – Eat fresh & healthy 4 – Comfortable 5 – More autonomy 6 – Flexible schedule 7 – More time for friends and family 8 – Your workplace, your style! 9 – Time to exercise regularly 10 – Better Health
1- Goodbye commute!
In 2018 the average one-way commute for Americans was 27.1 minutes. This means that the average American spent 225 hours per year or 9 full calendar days on the road in 2018. Going remote means that you can save a lot of time that I like to use to sleep, study, exercise, do the laundry, pay my bills and so on. Pretty much all of the things that can take ages to check off your to-do-list when you have a full-time office job.
Also, no more rushing to get ready, stress of being stuck in traffic, and grumpy commuters spilling coffee on you. I noticed that even a Monday morning doesn’t seem that bad anymore. According to a 2014 survey of PGI, 82% of the respondents experienced less stress when they no longer had to commute to their offices. Read more about remote work statistics for more surprising statistics.