Working remotely, from the comfort of your own home and without the daily commute, can seem like the ideal working set up. No early morning traffic jams to contend with, distance from office politics and the prospect of working where and when you like. But be warned, it may not all be the bed of roses you’re expecting…
This is a guest post by Belle Cooper, co-founder of Hello Code. The post first appeared on Toptal – a service focused on connecting and hiring freelancers across the world (republished with permission).
One of the best parts of working remotely is the flexibility it provides. Perhaps the most obvious benefit of remote working for the employee or contractor is that you can work in a way that suits you. Very few on-site jobs provide the flexibility to work where, when, and how you want.Read More »
I’ve been working from home now for 8 years. In the early days, I started working from our dining room table. It wasn’t long before I realised that wasn’t a long term solution (if you’ve ever sat on a hard wooden chair for longer than 30 minutes, you’ll know that it soon gets incredibly uncomfortable!). At that time we had no children so we decided to turn our spare room into an office space. I loved it – a light bright room, relaxing pale green walls and white furniture including a lovely bespoke glass desk. It was so bright and airy. Then boom! Two weeks having completed the new office, we found out we were expecting our first child. My home office quickly became the nursery.Read More »
I’ve been working from home now for 8 years and it’s been a learning curve. There’s no doubt that working from home can be a great way to balance work and life but it can also bring some challenges. I definitely don’t miss the commute, trundling along the motorway at a depressingly slow 20 miles an hour. And I do love the flexibility that working from home brings with it. But I have learnt that successful working from home takes dedication, discipline and some serious focus. If you have ideas of getting up late, working in your pyjamas and taking 4 hour lunch breaks, then the likelihood is that you’re not going to get much work done.
So what have I learnt along the way…Read More »