For permanent employees, the opportunity to work from a location of your choice is a growing trend that is only set to rise in the coming years. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed that in 2015, over 4.2 million people in the UK chose to regularly work from home.
When it comes to contractors, working remotely is part and parcel of everyday life. With the chance to work where YOU want, why wouldn’t you?
We’ve uncovered the peaks (and even the troughs) of remote working, keep on reading to find out more.
Swap the office setting for the great outdoors
Working remotely means exactly that. Whether it’s your local coffee shop or a half hour train journey to the nearest co-working space, it’s your decision as to where you want to work. The typical working surroundings may not suit you, so what’s stopping you from logging on next to your local river or park? Changing up your surroundings may seem obvious, but the results may surprise you!
If you’re not a morning person, don’t worry
Working as a contractor not only unlocks the door to deciding where you work, it also gives you free reign on when you work. Meeting clients will usually have to happen during typical business hours, but you’ve got the freedom of setting your own schedule for anything else.
Don’t surround yourself with distractions
Home is where you eat, sleep, and watch TV - so mixing work and play can lead to distraction. Do you have a new series to binge-watch? The only thing stopping you from reaching for the remote - is you.
When it comes to staying productive, there’s a couple of tips we would recommend implementing into your routine:
- Take regular breaks. It may be tempting to just power through lunch to clock off early. And working from home can compound that with no colleagues to drag you from your desk. In reality, taking a 10-15-minute break for every hour worked could actually increase your productivity, over working the full day without stopping.
- Know when to clock out. An extra hour here and there is perfectly normal, but this could become a problem if it becomes part of your everyday routine. When you’re working all the time, you can suffer from burnout and decreased productivity as a result. It’s important to make time to relax and spend time on hobbies and with family and friends - remote working shouldn’t act as a barrier to this.
Staying in contact
Although there’s many ways of communicating with others (Skype, FaceTime, emails, telephone etc.), there’s no perfect substitute for face to face communication.
Take advantage of the opportunity and arrange external meetings with your clients. There’s plenty of shared working spaces and coffee shops that can provide a distraction-free meeting ground for both of you.
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