FREELANCING / APR. 19, 2014
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How To Make Working From Home A Rewarding Experience

When it’s raining outside, our homes become quite cozy and seem like the perfect setting to get some work done. When we’re sick, sitting in bed getting work done appears to be the best alternative. When it’s sunny outside, working at the park is definitely a fantastic scene for workers.

Many of us, especially with those who have children at home or who detest the rat race in the morning and late afternoon, wish we could work from home. It’s a dream that has been fully accomplished by a minority of the workforce in the United States, but for others it is still just a fantasy to work in our fortress of solitude.

With that being said, those who have become remote workers and have the opportunity to work at home are quite fortunate and have earned it. Studies have repeatedly highlighted the numerous health and financial benefits of working at home. In the end, this means that they must take full advantage of it and make the entire experience a rewarding one.

Here are some tips on how to make working from home the most rewarding experience possible.

Cost Savings

By working in the comfort of our own home, we have access to all the amenities, particularly the refrigerator. There are various financial benefits to telecommuting: one doesn’t have to spend money on gas or buy a monthly public transit pass. Remote workers don’t have to spend money on fast-food for lunch nor do they have to spend money on morning and afternoon coffees just to stay awake.

At-home workers can relish in the fact that they are saving money on everyday items by making a sandwich with the food they bought at the grocery store or making a pot of coffee without having to spend $6 in a day for three cups.

Weather

As noted before, many don’t feel like venturing outside when it’s a rainy day. Instead, most wish to work from home in a comfortable, soft light with a little bit of nice music playing in the background and a good cup of coffee next to their computer.

At-home workers don’t have to head outside when the forecast calls for rain or snow, heat or cold. They can take delight in the fact that they can take refuge in the comfort of their own home getting some work done.

Family

Let’s face it: most workers see more of their colleagues than they do their own family. Sure, an employee works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but this does not take into account the morning and afternoon commute. Essentially, the average office worker won’t see his or her family from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

At-home workers don’t have to experience this. They can see their family whenever they want. If their child comes home from school at 3:30 p.m. then they can see him or her at this time. If their child has a day off from school then he or she can be in their company as they work.

In addition, an at-home worker can always get one or two hours of work done earlier in the morning or in the evening if something happens during the day with a family member (doctor’s appointment, hockey practice, school activity).

Food

Besides saving money on food and beverages, an at-home worker can eat healthier too. Rather than munching on a bag of potato chips, drinking soda or consuming an energy drink from the office vending machine, a work-at-home individual has a better opportunity of eating a bag of carrots, drinking healthier alternatives in the fridge and cutting back on energy drinks.

An at-home worker can celebrate this delight.

Time

Everyone spends more time at work than at home. We spend hundreds or thousands of dollars per month on our residence but we don’t actually spend time there. Not so for at-home workers, who maximize their rent or mortgage payments considering that they spend eight hours of work there as well as the other hours of dinner, leisure and downtime.

Setting

At the office, there is a predetermined setting: in the winter, the heat is blasting, while in the summer, the air conditioning is blasting. Also, there is no music.

Well, when one is working from home, they can revise their setting whenever they wish. In the mood for Bach’s Goldberg Variations? Want to enjoy the sounds of swing with Benny Goodman? Is there some feeling of singing Gershwin’s “Funny Face” or “Porgy & Bess”? What about dead silence? This can all be done in the comfort of their home.

All of these benefits of working from home make the entire experience a rewarding one.

Do you regularly work from home? How do you make it a rewarding one? Let us know in the comment section.

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