Working remotely has become a fact of life in America. According to a Census report released recently some 13.4 million people or 9.4% of all U.S. employees work from home at least one day per week. This is up from 7% or 9.2 million people in 1997. And it’s thought that by 2020, nearly half of all US employees could be working remotely.
If you’re interested in raising money for debt settlement, you should consider becoming a remote worker. Some remote or telecommuting jobs are full-time, but it’s also possible to find ones where you can work part-time or even have a flexible work schedule.
If you’ve never worked off-site, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of remote work as it’s not for everybody.
Remote workers don’t have to commute. If you become a remote worker you can kiss that commute goodbye, which will save you both time and money. Plus, you’ll be doing a good thing for the environment.
Working out of your home eliminates those noisy conversations and other distractions that come with working in an office. You would have more uninterrupted spans of time to think or to focus on detail work.
There is a big plus to not having to “get ready” and dressed to go to the office. Some people spend almost an hour every morning just getting cleaned up and made up. Eliminating this translates into the valuable time you could use for something personal or professional.
You will probably have more flexibility, which translates into more time for your family. We know of one work-at-home mom who is just out-of-pocket from 3 PM to 4 PM when she drives her kids to school and sports. That’s an hour she can easily make up at other times.
You may be able to tailor your work schedule to fit those times of the day when you’re most productive. Everyone isn’t productive at the same times of the day. If you’re a morning person or night owl, working remotely could mean working at those times when you are at your peak.
It’s likely you’ll have less face-to-face time with your manager and your coworkers. This can mean that when you do have meetings, time will be used more efficiently. Some of your meetings may even be via the telephone or computer, which can be a real benefit if you’re a bit of an introvert
Wouldn’t it be great if there were no downsides to working remotely? Unfortunately, downsides do exist.
For one thing, you may not receive a lot of feedback and there may not be much brainstorming. Working remotely can sometimes feel like working in a vacuum. If you need to train someone who’s new in your field, you may find it harder to mentor them.
Sometimes, there is just no substitute for face-to-face interaction. Working remotely can make that difficult, or in some cases, flatly impossible. If you’re in an office and need to ask your manager an important question, all you may need to do is get up and walk to her or his office. When you’re working remotely, you might not be able to reach your manager for several hours or even a day.
Working remotely puts you at the mercy of technology. Your Internet access could go down at a critical time, or you could lose access to servers. You may be constantly required to master new practices and software, which may be complex and difficult to use.
You may be faced with serious issues such as protecting your company’s databases and intellectual property. Worse, yet if your employer hasn’t gone paperless you may have a tough time accessing the information you need to do your job.
You may lose the feeling of being part of a team. Meetings held remotely simply aren’t the same as meetings held in person. You may not have a sense of common purpose, and you may find it harder to establish a good working relationship with a remote team than an in-person one.
You may run into problems of communication, or worse, yet miscommunication that leads to problems and errors. One of your team members could become confused over an assignment and leave you holding the bag.
Finally, some remote workers fall victim to burnout. You may be always on call or never really away from your job. You may find you have less downtime and end up overworking. The difference is that employees that work in an office may stay late, but once they go home, they’re home. For you, home is always your workplace.
Working remotely can be great – helping you earn money for debt settlement. Or it can turn into a living nightmare, as it’s just not for everybody. Make sure to consider the pros and cons you’ve read in this article before signing up to be a remote worker.