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Working Remotely - Pros and Cons

Updated: May 22, 2020

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic,opportunities for working remotely as well as freelancing jobs were on the rise. The demand for an individual’s flexibility as to where and how he or she works has increased over the past years. Global Workplace Analytics estimates that 25-30% of the workforce will be working-from-home multiple days a week by the end of 2021. Managers have come to realize that they’d rather see results than have to count how many employees show up to the office and manage them on the hour. Now, if yourself is working remotely more hours, here is what you need to know about remote work.

The Pros

First and foremost, you will have flexible working hours. This means you will get to spend more time with your children or spare hours to the things you like best, such as cooking or exercising. If you’re not a morning person, you’ll have the liberty of sleeping in and once you wake up, there’s no dress code!! Unless you have an important client meeting (whether it be in person or through a video call) you can stay in your pajamas all day. However, we recommend “getting ready for work” as if you usually would if you have to go to the office. It’s even better if you have a “commute” to take to work such as a coffee shop, your poolside, or even taking a bike ride around the block. Besides saving money (and the earth), you will set your mentality to a working mindset. Check out another blog of ours where we give you tips for working from home.

Our favorite part about working from home is learning new skills! If you’re a freelancer, you’re going to have to pick up new skills. They might not be part of your core expertise but they will be of great use once you score a variety of freelancing jobs and you’re working on more than one project at a time. An example of this is bookkeeping to keep track of what you’re charging and when you’re getting paid, not to mention taxes. Having said all this, it’s important you draw a clear line between your work life and your personal life.

The Cons

Now that you’ve seen the advantages, keep in mind that everything has its disadvantages, too. The most important fact to acknowledge is that everything is on you. Even if you’re working for someone else, it’s up to you to avoid distractions and actually get the work done on time without having your boss step on your toes. If you’re working remotely for yourself as a freelancer, you will have to self-manage yourself. This will include promoting yourself, doing all the work, and managing your finances. Another drawback is that you won’t be around others at work. If you’re into social interaction working remotely from home is not such a good idea for you. Although, what we like to do is work from co-working spaces. In this way you won’t feel like you’re in a boring and enclosed space, but rather in your own little office space where you can take breaks and meet new people, if needed. In addition, you can rent the conference room to meet your clients in person.

How To Find Remote Work

Whether you’re looking to find remote jobs or freelancing jobs, you have to up your resume game. You’re up against millions of people who are applying to online jobs so your application materials have to be faultless and appealing. Your ideal solution for this is hiring an expert. Speaking of remote work, here at El Paso Professional Resumes, we can perfect your resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profile, and even coach you for your online interview and do all this remotely. In other words, one of our professional resume writers can function as a career coach for you. Once you’re prepared and your resume is edited to fit a remote job, there are endless job platforms online. However, there are some that are dedicated to remote jobs. Some examples of these are Angel List, Remotive, and We Work Remotely. But as we stated before, there are many, many websites where you can search for a job.

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