When I decided to run a company with a nearly 100-percent-remote workforce back in 2012, I knew I was getting into a difficult game. That said, it hasn’t been as difficult as it seemed back then. As I came across daily survey reports that said remote working was on the rise, I felt more confident about my decision. Given the rate at which companies are adopting this new style, it’s only normal to expect nearly half of the world’s employed population to be working remotely by 2020. And if you consider the perks of being able to work from anywhere, you would think likewise. Today, my company employs around 23 people from over eight countries. Over the years, we’ve discovered that working remotely only ends up making us more productive. It might sound different from the usual work life we’ve been used to, but somehow, this style seems to take the monotony out of our daily workflow. It makes work enjoyable for me, which eventually leads to a perfect work-life balance.
If running a remote team and working remotely yourself seems appealing to you, consider the following benefits I’ve witnessed as a result of going remote:
Save Time Spent on Commuting
The average travel time to work in the United States is 25.4 minutes. But as a remote worker, I don’t have to bother about being a regular commuter at all. In fact, I can work from anywhere, be it at home or at the café, or even by the beach. This has helped me keep my focus and spend less time on traveling to work. Commuting might sound interesting if you do it occasionally, but once that same thing becomes a daily necessity, it does not remain as pleasant. Even if you consider the monetary aspect of your lifestyle, remote working helps you save on the daily commuting expenses. People who tend to avoid living far away from their workplace to save on commuting can actually live in the countryside and still enjoy a much healthier work life. You can also travel more when you are a remote worker. You can change places, countries and climates as much as you want. At the end of the day, all you need is a decent internet connection and your laptop.
Take Breaks At Your Leisure
Once you become a remote worker, you are the designer of your own schedule. You can take breaks based on your preference. I work out early in the morning, meditate throughout the day, and take regular coffee breaks, helping me to achieve a better work-life balance and productivity. I like doing my important tasks early in the morning before everyone wakes up.
Make Your Own Routine
Before I became a remote worker, I always considered alarm clocks to be an important part of my life. Five years down the road, I don’t even bother to have one by my bedside. I don’t have to go anywhere right after I wake up or follow a stringent schedule. Work seems more like a part of my daily life and less of a burden. It’s not that I am not stressed by my schedule: Being the CEO of a growing company, I have a lot on my plate, but it never feels like going to work and that’s exactly why I love to wake up in the morning.
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