Advantages and Disadvantages of Telecommuting

 

With the power of connectivity and internet access today, a new form of work arrangement called telecommuting has emerged. In fact, telecommuting has allowed employees to work from any preferred location like at home or a café rather than at traditional-workplaces (offices). Additionally, with telecommuting employees can easily communicate with people from the office and even accomplish their tasks while at home. However, although telecommuting is gaining popularity, there are also some disadvantages about it and below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting:

ADVANTAGES OF TELECOMMUTING:

  1. It eliminates commuting to the workplace: If your job requires commuting every day, then telecommuting will eliminate the commuting and help you save a lot of time daily so that you can spend that time on doing other productive things you enjoy like spending more time with kids or spouse, exercising, sleeping or other activities of interest.
  1. Greater Flexibility: most work-from-home jobs allow for a flexible work schedule. So, in case you want to do something else in the middle of the day like laundry or shopping, then you will be able to achieve this with telecommuting.
  1. Increased Independence: Work-from-home jobs will allow you to complete your work without constant reminders which most people absolutely love. In fact, with telecommuting there is no office politics, no boss orders and no distracting coworkers. However, there are distracting factors with telecommuting like television, laundry, a comfy bed for napping but these can actually be eliminated with a high degree of self-control and self-discipline in-order to make you a more productive telecommuter.
  1. : People who telecommute have very little need for professional clothing and this actually helps them save a lot of money every year. On top of that, telecommuting doesn’t require public-transit or fuel for your private car, lunches-out, dry-cleaning and child-care while saving on taxes each year because of the tax-deductible expenses associated with working from home.
  1. Suitable for Vulnerable/Disabled People: Telecommuting actually offers a great work-alternative for the disabled, physically handicapped or mothers who may find it difficult to cope-up with traditional-modes of working. In fact, telecommuting allows vulnerable people to opt into gainful employment and even live a great life than never before.
  1. Greater Fulfillment: With telecommuting, employees will feel happier and more fulfilled than those who work under a traditional working arrangement. This is actually brought about by factors like flexible work schedules, minimal supervisions and the lack of commuting to and from work.
  1. Increased Employee Satisfaction: Telecommuting allows employees to work from a remote location thus giving them the freedom to get away from a work-routine and make them feel like the company is looking out for them. This actually makes employees more satisfied and happy with their jobs which can result into increased production.
  1. Increased retention of employees: with telecommuting, an employee will be able to work from home while moving from an old house to the new one that is far-away from the workplace. So, this will help companies to retain competent and loyal employees by simply allowing them to work remotely.

Disadvantages of Telecommuting:

  • Less human interaction: if you’re a kind of person who loves interacting with other people, then working from home will make you feel isolated. However, you can solve isolation by chatting with friends through e-mail, phone calls, instant messaging, and video conferencing but still it’s not a greater substitute to face-to-face interactions. Additionally, some telecommuters consider working from a coffee shop or library in-order to satisfy interaction-habits. On top of that, a co-working space might solve this problem by allowing you to telecommute while working from an office setting.
  • : Working under a home environment actually comes with plenty of people or things that can easily distract you like; Radio, Television, Kids, etc. This will negatively impact you productivity levels.
  • It requires high self-motivation: With telecommuting, an employee must be highly self-motivated in-order to be more productive. This is mainly because there are many things that can distract you while working from home ranging from kids, friends to electronics.
  • It Mixes Work and Personal Life: With telecommuting, you can’t always shut-out your personal life while you’re working or turn-off your work-life while you’re “off the clock”. However, having a separate work space from your home can help solve this but some people find it difficult to stop working when they know it’s only a few feet away from home.
  • Lack of the ability to Brainstorm: Telecommuting is totally different from working in a traditional office environment where you can easily brainstorm with peers when encountering problems. In fact, with telecommuting there is no one to consult in-case you get a problem and this greatly affects your performance and productivity-levels.
  • It Hinders Career Growth and Development: Telecommuting actually makes it almost impossible to evaluate and supervise your performance. For example, it’s very hard for a company to a telecommuting employer for promotions thus greatly affecting your career growth and development.
  • Breach of Security: With telecommuting, employees can be provided with pass-codes to get connected to company network but this actually increases on security risks like hacking and unwanted intruders who might gain access to pass-codes thus putting an entire company at risk.
  • Affects Employee Morale: incase a company allows top-employees to telecommute like supervisors and managers who are looked up to by other employees, Then this will greatly affect the morale of members of the team that is left behind. In fact, it will affect the decisions needed to be made since it’s very difficult to decide without people brainstorming for solutions to a problem.
  • Difficult to Demonstrate Workload: If you are a telecommuter working for a company with a traditional office setup, other office-bound coworkers might perceive you as doing less-work simply because you’re at home. So, it’s very important to showcase your workload to demonstrate to managers and coworkers that you are accomplishing as much or more in-case your telecommuting.

Remote Work And Burnout

Over the past several months, we’ve published a number of lifestyle posts encouraging people to try working remotely, or even to embrace a nomadic lifestyle. We are a distributed team, and our day-to-day operations involve a lot of online communication between people in different time zones, working from home offices, co-working spaces, or holiday spots. We’re living proof that remote work, for lack of a better word, works.

Rather than being less productive, researchers have found that most remote workers are more productive than their office counterparts. Remote workers have to deal with fewer distractions, have flexible working hours, waste less time commuting and getting ready for work. No traffic jams, no office dramas, and on the face of it, not a lot of stress. However, they are still prone to burnout.

Years ago, I saw a clever ad for a savings scheme for young families. It showed toddlers playing at home, with a simple (and true) caption that went something like this: The job they will be doing when they grow up hasn’t been invented yet. At the time, I was dabbling in 3D graphics, a concept I didn’t even bother trying to explain to my parents, born in the 1940s. I was born at a time when computers were already showing up in homes and offices, and when space flight was looked upon as routine (until the Challenger disaster). My dad, on the other hand, was born before the advent of the first digital computer, when the only objects piercing our stratosphere were V2s raining down on London and Antwerp.

But here’s the thing: The world around us was not created by our generation; it was created by their generation. That’s why remote work felt a bit odd when I first gave it a go in 2007. A lot of things were missing, and a lot of people thought I was weird for not taking an office job, suit and tie included. It can still feel weird from time to time, but that has nothing to do with the infrastructure, or the work itself. It has more to do with the way I organise my time and go about my daily routine, and it has a lot to do with the human psyche.

Remote jobs can be good for you, but depending on your character, they can also have some unpleasant side-effects. This is what I intend to discuss today: stress, burnout, anxiety, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and more: the dark side of remote working.

I have no medical training, so I can only offer a few words of advice based on my personal experience. If you feel like you could use some proper help, you should get in touch with colleagues, friends, and your doctor.

Let’s start by taking a look at what makes remote workers prone to burnout, and why it matters.

Home Is Where The Broadband Is

Remote workers can turn just about any spot into an office. Whether it’s taking conference calls in a parked car or from a beach café, we can make it work. Our office is in the cloud, not in our dad’s office building.

This is, of course, the most attractive thing about working remotely. You can work while traveling the world, visiting your folks, skiing, island-hopping in the Aegean and Adriatic, or just get up in the morning and start working in your pyjamas at home. Sounds stress-free, right?

Remote jobs coupled with a nomadic lifestyle can be just as stressful as 9-to-5 office jobs.

If you’re nomadic, bear in mind that travel can be stressful without the added burden of having to think about work at airport terminals, or break out your laptop on a train. Seeing some nice scenery and touring picturesque cities might be fun, but it’s also a distraction. Besides, the human mind is wired to adapt to just about anything. As you keep moving, the buzz you get from travelling to a new place starts to fade, but travel-induced stress does not. You can experience burnout on the road as well.

It is also important to distinguish between hard-core nomads and people who just like to extend their holidays by a few weeks. The latter still have a home to come back to. If you spend a few years on the road, sooner or later you’ll start to detach from old friends and lose the familiarity and certainty of home. Basically, you can turn any place into your home, but at some point you won’t feel at home anywhere.

Being able to rely on a social safety net, trusted friends and family, is important. Things go wrong, and when they do, it’s good to have someone around. Being on your own can be relaxing, as long as you don’t overdo it. Eventually, people tend to settle down, start a family, and play with their offspring; you know, those little bundles of joy that will apply for the jobs we are inventing today.

So, where does this leave us? Wait a minute, wasn’t remote work supposed to be good for you? What could possibly go wrong?

Burned Out And Bummed Out

Remember that detail about remote workers being more productive than their office counterparts? There is a price to pay for that extra productivity. Remote workers don’t get a chance to spend time chatting with their co-workers at the watercooler, or grab a sandwich at the local café. They don’t go out to lunch with their colleagues, either, and they don’t head out for a beer or glass of wine after work.

Workplace bonding is good, and I must note that I met many of my closest friends through work, which is next to impossible on a remote gig. That seemingly useless office chitchat is good for you; you are forced to take a break and interact with other people. However, if you are a remote workaholic, you can get up in the morning, start working, and utter your first words of the day when you go out for lunch, or worse, order takeout.

So, there is no commute, no office gossip, no coffee or lunch breaks with your teammates, and next to no human interaction. This could be a disastrous combination if you are prone to burnout. You’ll end up pushing yourself harder than you should, and since there’s nobody around to notice that you could use a break, chances are you won’t figure it out until it’s too late. It happened to me and, it could happen to you. If you think it can’t, if you think you’re tough, consider this: I spent three years of my life in a warzone, only to experience burnout in my cosy home office.

You see, collaboration technology is making remote teams more efficient and productive, but the human body is the weakest link in a distributed workforce infrastructure. Routers, servers, fiber-optic cables, processors and RAM don’t experience burnout, but people do.

90-hour weeks aren’t just a part of 1980s tech folklore. They are very real for many developers.

Ambitious freelancers, which I like to think most Toptal members are, can be too dedicated. They want to prove themselves, they stride to be more productive than the next guy, and they aim for excellence. They can stack up man-hours like there’s no tomorrow. To some extent, the industry culture encourages such behaviour. Pulling an all-nighter to hit a hard deadline, sipping energy drinks to stay awake, then unwinding with a booze binge: anything goes in our fast-paced industry. I’ve witnessed cool-headed and experienced professionals break down halfway through a project because they pushed themselves too hard, develop a range of health problems, ranging from weight gain to substance abuse. Burnout can break almost anyone.

Remember, if you mess up your professional or private life, you can bounce back. If you mess up your health, it’s much harder, and sometimes impossible. Plus, if you don’t care about health, you also run the risk of destroying your career and personal life in a single blow.

A close friend of mine, for instance, ditched his job three years ago and decided to start a healthy lifestyle. At the time he was a consultant for a major tech firm, but being a workaholic, the six-figure job took a toll on his health. He gained a lot of weight, stopped exercising, and started smoking (again).

One day, I ditched work so we could hit the slopes for some morning skiing, just like the good old days. Glancing at the cloudless winter sky, crisscrossed by shimmering contrails, he said, “There’s gotta be a consultant like me on one of those planes, heading to a new job. Boy, am I glad I’m not that poor bastard!”

Over the next two years, he managed to lose loads of weight (about 35kg/70lbs), drop a number of unhealthy habits, and brush up on his professional skills. Earlier this year, he got an even better gig, so the two-year hiatus obviously worked for him. Not only did he get his health back, but he is better off from a professional and financial perspective.

Burnout Symptoms

That may be a drastic example, and I hope it will not encourage any Toptalers to take a two-year leave of absence if they experience their first case of burnout. However, even two weeks can make a big difference, provided you catch the symptoms of burnout early.

Burnout affects your whole body. Remote workers can easily overlook many early symptoms.

Here are some of the most common burnout symptoms:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Anger and irritability
  • Wide range of physical symptoms, such as indigestion, headaches, heart palpitations
  • Lack of motivation, degraded job performance
  • Cognitive issues, inability to focus, forgetfulness

Remember, this is not a checklist. You don’t have to exhibit all these symptoms if you are burned out. For example, my burnout symptoms included anxiety, fatigue, heart palpitations, and inability to focus. I am not sure about anger and irritability, because I’ve always been an irritable person.

I am not a doctor, so if you suspect you might be suffering from burnout, I suggest you do some research of your own, maybe take an interactive test or two, and consult your family physician. After all, this is a tech blog, not a health blog.

Burnout affects people in all walks of life and in all industries, so what makes remote workers different? Well, if an athlete starts cracking under pressure, the team and the coach will notice something is wrong. The same goes for office workers; their co-workers will likely spot symptoms of burnout early on. This isn’t possible with remote workers.

Recognising burnout symptoms early on is of vital importance and I cannot stress this enough.

The deeper you sink into it, the longer it will take to recover, it’s as simple as that. The obvious problem with remote workers, myself included, is that most of us work alone, so we fail to notice something is wrong, and if we do, we still keep going for longer than office workers. For example, I became anxious about driving months before I figured out what was wrong, which would have been a much bigger problem if I was supposed to commute to work. I might have caught the symptoms earlier, and consequently, addressed them sooner. My failure to act on these early symptoms made things worse.

Remote workers are more prone to burnout than their office counterparts for a number of reasons.

Another potential burnout issue for freelancers is that they can jump from project to project, client to client, in a matter of months. In that case, most of their communication will involve people who are unfamiliar with their personality. If you spent the last five years sharing an office with a couple of people, they’ll probably spot your burnout symptoms before you do. If your work involves a dozen remote clients each year, they will simply not get to know you well enough. Digital nomads and many on-site consultants have it even worse because they are not surrounded by friends and family who could help spot the problems.

There is not a lot of research on remote burnout, but I suspect people like us are exposed to more risk than office workers due to the fact that we may overlook many early symptoms.

So What Can Remote Workers Do?

I will not turn this into a blog post on how to tackle burnout. The Internet is already full of them; some are good, some aren’t, so if you need more information, feel free to Google them. Basically, they all boil down to this: take a break, work less, exercise more, and eat healthily.

The idea behind this post is to help fellow remote workers do the following:

  • Be aware of burnout risks
  • Spot the symptoms early on
  • Take steps to avoid burnout

Burnout is real, and just because you haven’t experienced it yet, doesn’t mean you won’t. Sure, you can do 12- to 14-hour days, and you can work weekends, I did too, but you can’t do it forever. That’s how burnout got its name to begin with.

If however, you are aware of the risks, you need to be on the lookout for burnout symptoms. I already explained why this can be a lot more challenging for remote workers than office folk. That’s why I keep emphasising this vital step, so please forgive me if you think I am overdoing it.

In my opinion, prevention is the best course of action, and I really wish I read something like this post a few years ago, it would have saved me a lot of trouble and unnecessary visits to the doctor’s office, including one to the emergency room. My hubris landed me there, and I hope my experience keeps some of you out.

The best way of combatting burnout? Be informed and take steps to prevent it altogether.

Here is what all of us can and should do to avoid burnout:

  • Don’t put your social life on the backburner
  • Take breaks and put them to good use
  • Try to exercise more
  • Create a routine that works for you
  • Prioritise your work and your life
  • Make sure you get quality time off
  • Don’t be cocky and overconfident
  • Be careful with caffeine, sugar, booze

Our social lives are the obvious starting point. We’re people, not lone wolves, it’s innate nature. Make sure your work does not get in the way of your social activities. No excuses, just don’t do it. Ever.

We spend hours glued to our computers every day, so it’s important to remind ourselves to get up and engage in some activities every now and then. A sedentary lifestyle is very bad for you. Go out for breakfast or coffee, go for short walks a few times a day, do some housekeeping. Do anything. On that note, I am off to fold my laundry.

Use your free time to exercise. You don’t have to hit the gym every other day, but you do have to walk around a lot to compensate for your sedentary lifestyle. Exercise also helps keep stress and anxiety at bay.

None of this is possible without a good routine. Find one that works for you and stick to it. Restrict most, if not all, your work to certain hours when you feel productive (for most people, it’s the morning). As odd as it may sound, consider some less efficient habits. When you head out to lunch, for example, don’t restrict yourself to places minutes away from your home or office; take the long route, create errands that will compel you to spend more time outdoors and get your mind off work.

Quality time means that you need to set clear boundaries. For some people, it’s no work after a certain time of day, while others may refuse to do any work over the weekend. Our office is anywhere we want it to be, but that doesn’t mean we have to be in it all the time.

Being overconfident and biting off more than you can chew is never a good idea. Like I said, my hubris was responsible for by burnout. I thought I could handle everything right until the moment I ended up in hospital. Be reasonable and take it easy.

Eating healthily is one thing we should all do, regardless of stress and burnout yet many of us don’t. An often overlooked problem involves stimulants, ranging from your morning coffee to your nightcap. A lot of stressed-out freelancers are hooked on caffeine, alcohol, and over the counter medications.

This brings me to the next point.

Things You Should Avoid

Caffeine is not harmless. It can cause problems if you overdo it. I am not suggesting you stop drinking your morning coffee, but if you drink a lot of caffeinated soft drinks, or energy drinks, it might be a time to slow down. They’re burnout fuel.

Caffeine, stress, and sugar are a bad mix; caffeine can make anxiety worse, mess up your digestive system, lead to more sweating, urination, and so on. Energy drinks are the worst offenders, although many of us enjoy them. They often contain loads of caffeine and loads of sugar, both of which can have nasty side-effects when combined with stress. And I won’t even waste time explaining why spicing up your morning coffee with a cigarette is bad. Remember folks, for every cigarette you smoke, God takes a minute of your life and gives it to Keith Richards.

What about a beer or two after work? There is nothing wrong with having a couple of beers or glasses of wine, especially if you get good stuff and enjoy this guilty pleasure over a nice meal. In fact, many medical experts find that moderate alcohol intake is good for you. However, if you are stressing out and on the verge of burnout, it’s not. Alcohol masks some of your burnout symptoms and lulls you into a sense of well-being.

A lot of things can help you prevent and overcome burnout, but even more things can make it worse.

For the same reason, over-the-counter medications are not to be messed with either. These meds aren’t necessarily bad for you, but you should not self-medicate. Always consult an expert, just in case you have some underlying conditions, or if you are using happy pills as a crutch for something else.

Of course, the worst thing you can do when you are stressed is to abuse alcohol or prescription medications, which will just make things much worse in the long run. If you happen to live in Colorado, and you’re considering getting some recently legalised herbs, think again. In this situation, that’s bad for you too, and can cause nasty withdrawal symptoms if you are suffering from burnout, anxiety, depression, and a range of other conditions.

There are a lot of things to keep in mind, but in my opinion, the takeaway is simple: Be aware of the risks and take immediate action if you notice signs of burnout. Notify your superiors, your clients, consult your doctor, reach out to your friends, and take some quality time off.

That is what I intend to do next week, and that was one of the reasons I decided to cover this issue. Now I have a good excuse to head down to the beach.

Source

https://www.toptal.com/remote/remote-work-burnout-a-cautionary-tale

The Secret to Remote Work? It’s Not All About You

You’re at a holiday party, and invariably, someone asks what you do. You respond, explaining that you work remotely. Cue the raised eyebrows and polite nods.

That’s because when remote work gets mentioned, it can conjure up all kinds of notions. People working in their pajamas. Workers slacking off. A disconnected, maybe even dysfunctional team culture. Some people still have this idea that you need to be sitting in an office from 9-5 to get things done. A few companies such as IBM are even bringing all remote workers back into the fold of the office.

But then there are other companies like GitLab, Buffer, and Zapier, which are ‘remote only,’ with everyone working out in the wild. They find a range of benefits, including the extra flexibility and increased productivity that comes from avoiding a commute and covering more time zones (not to mention the work-life balance for employees and the overhead savings for the company).

Most companies aren’t fully remote yet. But we all experience remote work and collaboration in some way, whether we have an occasional ‘WFH day’ or work virtually with teammates and other offices that are scattered across the globe. In fact, a 2015 survey found that 37 percent of US workers have fulfilled their job duties from somewhere other than an office, compared to just 9 percent in 1995.

As remote work becomes part of the fabric of our working lives, we need to find ways of embracing it and making it better. The first step on that journey is remembering that remote work isn’t just about your individual productivity when you’re not in an office—you’ve also got to figure out how to work together as a remote or virtual team.

So we’ve rounded up some tips so individuals and teams can make the best out of remote work.

Tips for productivity outside of the office

  • Create some boundaries. Even if you don’t have the space for a home office, it’s important to carve out a dedicated workspace.If you work from the comfort of your bed, it may be more tempting to take that nap. (It may also make it more difficult to fall asleep when it’s time for bed).
  • Set up a routine. When you don’t have to commute, you get precious time back in your day. But with extra (and more flexible) hours, you still need to be thoughtful about how you structure your day. Adopting a can make you more productive and creative.
  • Take breaks. It can be hard to ‘switch off’ when your work and life are happening in the same place. But it’s important to remember that you can and you should take breaks.Avoid cabin fever by hitting the gym, taking the dog out, or grabbing coffee.
  • Share your status. Whether it’s through scheduled check-ins or just by updating your status on the chat tool, make sure you’re communicating with the rest of your team. If you go offline, provide extra context around why and when you’ll back in an away message.
  • Make video your friend. You may be tempted not to show your face (especially if you haven’t changed out of your pajamas) but when you can, try having video meetings instead of just calls. Face-to-face interaction leads to tons of non-verbal cues. Without video, you’re missing out on all those signals—and your chance to build relationships.
  • Be considerate of time zones. If you have a teammate in Europe who’s always staying late for your weekly calls, offer to rotate the meeting time so you can share the inconvenience that comes from working in different time zones.

Get more tips for boosting your productivity when you’re working from home >>

Tips for making a remote team work

  • Set some ground rules for team communication. At an in-person or virtual team meeting, come together to decide on a ‘team charter’ for communication. Figure out in what situations you all should use video conference, phone calls, chat, or email, and set a preference order. Agree on some ground rules, such as ‘no blind cc’s in emails’ so everyone’s clear on what not to do. It’s important that this is a joint effort, with team-wide input (not just a directive handed down from the leader).
  • Check in with the team. Hold team-wide video-conference meetings if it’s possible. See everyone’s faces and allow time for casual conversation to help build those personal relationships and team bonds.

If you’re a leader, you need to mentor, develop, and sometimes have tough conversations with the people you lead, all remotely. Set up regular one-on-one video meetings with your direct reports. Try to give feedback in that setting instead of via email, which can be misinterpreted.

  • Hire good communicators. When hiring we often focus on specific skills, previous experience, and cultural fit. But when you’re building a remote team, you have to assess virtual skills as well. Remote work requires good listening, communication, and collaboration skills. Talk to candidates the same way you’ll talk to them on the job throughout the interview process: in person, by phone, on video, and via email.

Get more tips for building an effective virtual team >>

One more tip: Trello recently put together a handy guide to remote work, full of tips and strategies. They’re walking the walk, too—65 percent of their team is remote, and they even went so far as to add ‘embrace remote’ to their company values. Be sure to check it out for even more tips on embracing remote work.

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The Secret to Remote Work? It’s Not All About You

The Secret to Remote Work? It’s Not All About You

Digital nomads and tax: is it an ethical lifestyle choice or cheating?

Digital nomads and tax: is it an ethical lifestyle choice or cheating?

“I go for a surf, work by the pool, get a massage, go home and my maid’s cleaned my house, drink a coconut at sunset, then repeat.”

More Westerners are becoming “digital nomads”, descending on cheaper countries in South-East Asia, Eastern Europe and South America, to flee rising rents, stagnant wages and repetitive lifestyles back home. And as the economy moves further online, more businesses are realising remote workers free them from overheads while opening a global talent pool.

“We say ‘digital nomads’, but really we’re just immigrants,” 26-year old Oli Canavan says.

On day two of his holiday to Palawan in the Philippines, the white sand and jungle paradise tagged “Asia’s final frontier”, Mr Canavan decided to ditch his “soulless” sales job and start a tour company with a local. One year on, he manages Big Dream Boat Man remotely from Bali, enjoying a lifestyle world’s apart from his high-pressure corporate role.

But for those stuck in “the cubicle” back home, the enviable lifestyles of nomads can feel like cheating.

Are we just jealous or are digital nomads exploiting the system? If so, who’s losing?

‘Are these people paying any tax?’

The most common question from “cubicle” critics is, “where are these bloody millennials paying taxes?”

Like everything to do with tax, the answer is complicated.

Most nomads have simply taken their job on the road and continue to pay taxes to their home governments.

It’s possible that nomads could escape paying tax altogether — “I am generally travelling on a tourist visa and not in one country long enough to be considered a resident, therefore I don’t pay taxes anywhere,” one traveller claims on a digital nomad forum.

Becoming “tax non-resident” is more complex than just leaving the country for a long time. Using Australian bank accounts or leasing and owning Australian property may mean you’re still a “resident” while you’re away. But it’s theoretically possible.

Then there’s company tax — some savvy nomads are moving their business structures offshore to score lower company taxes in places like Singapore and Hong Kong.

“Startups don’t stay in Australia because the capital gains tax system is not attractive,” says Australian nomad Brie Moreau, who runs a digital marketing conference and agency, which employs 10 people around the world.

“We’re seeing a brain drain because it’s not beneficial to be in Australia for financial reasons. Digital nomads are the start of this exodus of money out of Australia and other Western countries.

Offshoring not just for global companies

Some digital nomads spread tips on “offshoring” and tax minimisation through a web of Facebook groups. For many, paying tax to a country they don’t live or work in is the true injustice.

“I don’t have a problem paying tax to Australia; my company is set up in Australia and pays tax,” says Mr Moreau. “But I don’t think I should have to pay a 30 per cent [company] tax rate and deal with the bureaucracy of the Australian tax system when I don’t live there and my clients are international.”

Tech consultant Michael Tremeer works to “optimise” his tax bill, but views it in relation to the Australian services he will use across his life.

“I’ve been to university, I’ve used Medicare … Australia has been good to me, so I don’t mind paying my share,” he says.

But for Mr Moreau, the concept of a lifetime exchange with one country is at odds with the roving future he sees for himself.

“Are you obliged to pay tax to a country for the rest of your life because you lived there for a certain amount of time?” he says.

‘They’re back home living with their mums in a year’

How to tax nomads goes to bigger questions for the digital economy: how do we say “where” digital work is done? Which government is entitled to reap taxes from work that’s done in the cloud? In a global economy, does a national tax system still make sense?

“This is a big problem for tax authorities and most major governments,” says Antony Ting, associate professor at University of Sydney Business School.

“The tax system was designed before we even had internet. Digital nomads might have small turnovers, but if you look at the bigger picture, digital companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple are deriving significant revenue in Australia, but the tax system can’t capture that income.”

For Mr Canavan and Mr Moreau, the focus should stay on these big companies and not on enterprising digital nomads.

“So this tax question is not as big a deal as people think.”

‘Crypto-nomads’ are on the rise

Policing tax is tricky at the best of times, with most tax systems relying on workers to honestly report their earnings. Policing across border is even harder, but the Australian Tax Office is working on it:

From September, foreign banks will feed information back to the ATO about Australians’ transactions overseas, under a new measure called the Common Reporting Standard. In theory, this should make it difficult for Australians overseas to conceal their earnings.

But, like all tax measures, it can’t monitor cash payments, bartering or cryptocurrency. Bartering is common in the co-working spaces that dot nomad hotspots. On cork pinboards and their digital equivalent — Facebook groups — nomads list their skills to share, from standard creative services (graphic design, marketing consulting) to more fringe offerings (“growth hacking”, “cryptocoaching”).

“Crypto-nomads” are also on the rise, as cryptocurrency trading goes mainstream, offering global, digital currencies without foreign transaction fees or high exchange rates. At this stage, not enough businesses pay or accept payments in cryptocurrency for digital nomads to bypass regular banks. But in future, it’s possible that digital nomads could operate independently of banks, hidden from the prying eyes of tax authorities behind 256-bit encryption — unless tax authorities catch up.

Are locals losing out?

Ask a digital nomad if they’re helping their host country and you’ll get an enthusiastic list of the ways. They’re volunteering on community projects. Bringing new skills. Spending money in the local economy. Paying their host government thousands in sales, lodging, transport and bed taxes — although usually not in income or company taxes, despite working from the country.

Ask a local and you might hear a different story. Yes, nomads are injecting funds into local economies, but this can also price-out locals — particularly when it comes to rent. In 2017, protests swept Europe as locals blamed Airbnb for driving up rents. Mr Canavan likens this to the gentrification of big cities.

“It’s an age-old story: first the artists move in, then the yuppies move in, then the artists have to move out. It’s the same here: the digital nomads move into a place, then the tourists come, then the digital nomads leave,” he says.

“It used to be that artists could go and live anywhere and create with their tools. Now you can be an artist with your computer.

Nomads argue they’re bringing new skills into their host countries. The influx of tech yuppies to Bali has seen the island dubbed “Silicon Bali”. Skill-sharing is key to the nomad ethos, but how often do locals get a look in?

“I’ve given talks at co-working spaces all over Europe, Asia and North America. There’s locals at those talks too, and they ask questions, and I am always willing to help anyone willing to learn,” says Mr Moreau, who runs Bali’s Digital Marketing Skill Share conference.

“The skills level in the digital marketing sector in Indonesia is low. The more high-level people that are here, the more that benefits the economy.”

Yet this model relies on co-working spaces taking the initiative to host events, and locals hearing about them, being able to afford a ticket and speaking English. Mr Moreau concedes that not all co-working spaces are so proactive: “many are just a shared office”.

Is being a digital nomad ethical?

At best, the digital nomad is a welcome financier of local, often struggling, economies. At worst, nomads are neo-colonialists, reaping cheaper living costs in a wealthy expat bubble.

Human resources expert Angela Knox isn’t confident that it’s possible to be an “ethical” digital nomad.

“Even if they’re careful with the way they’re making decisions to spend their money in that country, it will drive up costs for locals.

Remote work not for everyone

The difficulty of nomad life could offer a natural ceiling to the number of Westerners moving offshore. For every coconut at sunset there’s an inconvenient visa run or early-morning Skype call to loved ones thousands of kilometres away.

“Remote work isn’t straight-forward,” says Ms Knox, who is an associate professor in the University of Sydney Business School’s Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies.

Open-plan co-working spaces, unreliable technology and time-zone differences can make nomads unproductive, according to Ms Knox. And while co-working spaces can offer social connection, “the person you sit next to today, you might never see again.

Plugging the brain drain

Ms Knox believes companies could be doing more to stop smart young people from leaving the Australian market:

But in many cases, nomads can come home with new skills and connections that they couldn’t find at home.

When Mr Tremeer was travelling the world as a digital nomad, he met his tech idols by attending talks and workshops in Europe “every night of the week”.

Now back on the Gold Coast, Mr Tremeer is using the tech skills he learnt while travelling to help Queensland hospitals use artificial intelligence to better diagnose disease and improve patient outcomes.

Be like Simba

For Mr Canavan, this reintegration is key to being an “ethical nomad”, which he explains with a handy reference to the Lion King.

“Being a digital nomad is like when Simba goes to Hakuna Matata world, and enjoys a few years of easy, worry-free living. But eventually, he stops eating bugs and goes back to fix his kingdom. I think that’s the healthiest path: you come home and take on whatever it is that you define as your purpose.”

“You have to be careful not to get forever lost in paradise.”

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25 Skills to Master in Order to Work from Anywhere as a Digital Nomad

 

The increase of people working remotely instead of at an office has risen quickly in recent years which makes good sense. If you have a skill that you’re willing to offer without taking up office space, you’re a greater asset than a full time paid employee. Not to mention you can live wherever you want in the world usually. This may mean your expenses are drastically reduced while still bringing in your countries currency.

Technology has created a new way for us to work and live. It has the potential to be a more balanced life because it is of your own making. The digital nomad lifestyle is taking the world by storm. You can do co-working on a yacht in Thailand, sit by a pool in Bali, or get your work done while sipping on a coffee in Costa Rica. The world is your oyster and the time to get into this bustling digital nomad world is now.

No matter what your profession or expertise is, it’s likely that someone online needs what you have to offer in some way, shape, or form. Sure, you may need to amalgamate your skills. For example, you know all about addiction because you worked as a counselor. You might not have the writing skills to create content. Take a course online. There are plenty. Some are free but if you pay, they are reasonable and fast. A small price to pay for living a life of freedom and adventure.

So what do you want to do for a living as you roam the world? Here are 25 digital nomad skills that are giving people their income for this exciting lifestyle.

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1. Copywriting

Do you know what a copywriter is referred to? A salesman in print. If you can write words that inspire people to take the actions you want them to, you can make a pretty good living. This is a high demand gig online because let’s face it, every online business needs to have a lot of content to rank well on google and sell their products/services.

If you happen to have a knack for writing, take some low paying gigs to start. Get something in your portfolio. Eventually, it will build into better contracts and you’ll be able to leave your job. The entry-level jobs for copywriting have fairly low expectations so it gives you an opportunity to feel the lay of the land without disappointing clients.

You can slowly begin to learn how to do extra value tasks too. SEO and backlinking are a few examples of that.

To start, put a profile of yourself on Upwork or freelancer. These sites don’t always have clients that want to pay a lot but it’s good experience and you can show off your work history online.

If you want to take a little education to hone your writing skills, there are courses on Udemy and Skillshare.

 

 

 

 

 

The Digital Nomad Life: Combining Work and Travel

The name Unsettled “is about turning something perceived as a negative into a positive,” Mr. Kalan said. “Everybody feels unsettled at some point. If you’re unsettled by a 9-to-5 job, then why not embrace the uncertainty?”

The concept resonated with Stacey Chassoulas, a digital marketer from Johannesburg. She joined Unsettled’s program in Buenos Aires last fall “to change the rhythms of daily life” and test the waters of remote work with her partner, Tyrone Niland. Both are 36 and love to travel, but wanted to keep their jobs and home.

“I wanted to see if it was a lifestyle that would mesh with the corporate world,” said Mr. Niland, a partner at Bramel Business Solutions, a small private equity advisory firm.

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Participants at the Unsettled workshop in Colombia were asked to write what they would like to accomplish and what they would like to give the community on their 30-day visit.Credit Juan Arredondo for The New York Times

“Concepts like Unsettled are very new to South Africa’s professional environment,” but his company was supportive “as long as I could take phone calls and respond to emails,” he said.

Steve King, a partner at Emergent Research, an independent research and consulting firm, said combining work and travel was not new, but interest has been increasing. “We still don’t know how many digital nomads there are,” he said. “It’s hard to measure, but it’s pretty clearly growing at a strong rate.”

He attributed the increase in the number of remote workers to improved technology, a changing job market and inexpensive flights. The two main groups fueling it, he said, are millennials interested in taking time off from traditional work and aging baby boomers who have financial resources and flexibility.

“Humans are social beings,” Mr. King said. “It’s not easy to penetrate foreign cultures, so help in that process is hugely important.”

Resources are plentiful. They include Nomad List, a website that ranks destinations that are accommodating to digital nomads, based on factors like cost of living, internet speed and weather; and groups like Remote Year and Hacker Paradise.

“They can help make living and working wherever we want possible,” said Johannes Voelkner, founder of Nomad Cruise, who organizes two-week networking cruises for digital nomads twice a year. “A lot of people think, ‘I wish I could do this.’ But they make it too complicated — they try to change their complete lives instead of starting with a short test.”

Mr. Voelkner said he started the cruises about one and a half years ago to combat the loneliness he felt as a digital nomad. The next voyage, from Colombia to Portugal, is scheduled for May. A typical group is “very international,” he said — about 150 people from some 30 countries, their average age in the mid- to late 20s and 30s. But people in their 60s and couples with babies have sailed.

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Michael Youngblood in Medellín. He is a founder of Unsettled, a start-up that organizes 30-day co-working experiences around the world.Credit Juan Arredondo for The New York Times

Roam, a network of co-living properties in Miami, Bali, Madrid, London and eight additional places by the end of the year, is geared to remote workers “who need a reliable base in different cities,” said Bruno Haid, the company’s chief executive. Each location has communal living areas, with meeting rooms, a co-working space and fast Wi-Fi, and offers social activities, often unique to the locale.

“It offers a much deeper sense of the local experience and is more affordable than most traditional hotels and apartments,” Mr. Haid said. (Costs start at $1,800 a month and $500 a week.) He compared Roam to extended-stay hotels popular with business travelers, but with a stronger focus on community and design.

Most guests are “freelancers, authors and creative industry types,” he said, but “we do increasingly see employees” from companies like Google or the Boston Consulting Group.

Jim Lockard, 65, and his wife, Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, 61, empty nesters, sold their California home, cars and most of their furniture just over two years ago and have been traveling — and working — ever since. They recently spent 16 weeks at Roam’s Miami location.

“We really like the co-working, co-living concept,” said Ms. Cotter-Lockard, who runs a leadership and organizational development consulting firm. Until recently, she said, they often booked accommodations through Airbnb, but internet connectivity “was hit or miss.”

Both said they enjoyed the weekly “family nights” and daily informal dinners, where people cook in a communal kitchen and dine together. “It gives us a home base and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world,” said Mr. Lockard, a former police officer and minister who now writes and coaches.

Studies show that when employees have the choice to work remotely, “business is a whole lot better” for “people, the planet and profit,” said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a consulting firm that focuses on emerging workplace trends.

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Nomad Cruise organizes two-week networking cruises for digital nomads twice a year. A typical group is “very international,” the founder said — about 150 people from some 30 countries, their average age in the mid- to late 20s and 30s. But people in their 60s and couples with babies have sailed.Credit Michelle Kutzner

Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, released in February, showed that more American employees were working remotely and for longer periods. The “sweet spot” was employees who spend three to four days a week off site; they reported feeling most engaged at work.

Mohammed Chahdi, global human resources services director for Dell, said a large percentage of its 140,000 employees already worked remotely and the goal was to have 50 percent do so by 2020. The strategy has helped the company “grow smart,” he said, by reducing its real estate and environmental footprints and retaining talented employees.

“We have data that show employees are more engaged when they enjoy flexibility,” said Mr. Chahdi, who works remotely from Toronto. “Why insist that they be in an office when it simply doesn’t matter?”

A new study, Future Workforce, released in February by Upwork, a marketplace for online work, surveyed more than 1,000 hiring managers in the United States. It found that only one in 10 believed location was important to a new hire’s success; nearly two-thirds said they had at least some workers who did a significant portion of their work from a remote location, and about half agreed that they had trouble finding the talent they needed locally.

“Remote work has gone mainstream,” said Stephane Kasriel, Upwork’s chief executive.” On-site work between the hours of 9 and 5 “is a remnant of the industrial era.”

But there are drawbacks. “Technology is just not there yet,” said Ms. Lister of Global Workplace Analytics. Many companies do not have programs to train staff members to work effectively with remote workers, and labor and tax laws can be challenging.

“But the genie is out of the bottle,” she said, “and it’s not going back in.”

Low-cost locations like Bali and Chiang Mai, Thailand, have long attracted digital nomads, but now other destinations are reaching out. “It’s one of the trends we really need to understand if we want to be relevant,” said Signe Jungersted, director for development at Wonderful Copenhagen, the region’s official tourism organization. When highly skilled people stay for extended periods, it not only promotes tourism, but also attracts business and touches off innovation, she said.

“Travel has changed,” Ms. Jungersted said. “Everyone wants to be a temporary local.”

But Mr. Niland, from South Africa, said the benefits were global.

“The opportunity to go live in a foreign city for a month and interact with the local people and experience their culture — that’s priceless to me. But culturally, we need to understand each other for the world to work,” he said. “And this is a way to achieve that.”

A version of this article appears in print on April 4, 2017, on Page B5 of the New York edition with the headline: Digital Nomads Wander the World Without Missing a Paycheck.

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What Does It Really Take to Become a Digital Nomad?

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The ‘Digital Nomad‘ lifestyle sounds enticing right? Travel the world while working online with any number of skills in the digital workplace. To become a digital nomad is certainly possible.  While it’s totally possible to live a life of travel while working online, it’s best to not plunge into the Digital Nomad lifestyle without a good degree of preparation.

First of all, you need some digital skills you can offer. Anything from web design to copy writing to article writing to customer service. Second, you should already be making money from clients and hopefully repeat clients. You need to be making enough income to support the additional expense of traveling, add to that some buffer cash for any emergencies you may encounter on your travels.

Plunging starry-eyed into the nomadic digital lifestyle is a recipe for disaster.  A hard question you must ask yourself is do you really have the proper mindset, maturity and dedication to hard work to make this lifestyle work.

Working and traveling while providing any type of digital marketing requires a strong desire to learn, the willingness to edure loneliness, and be willing to be a marketer of yourself. You need to have a strong desire to be a Digital Nomad, – that means having a ‘fire in your soul’ and an incredible amount of motivation, discipline and drive.

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How to Create an Awesome Resume If You Are a Remote Worker


 

 

Recent studies show that the ‘Remote Worker’ lifestyle is trending. If you are looking for more flexible work, now may be the time to refresh that resume…

Writing a good resume can be a tough and time-consuming process for most people. This statement is especially true when it comes to creating an effective resume for a remote work opportunity.

Most remote workers find it hard to develop an outstanding resume due to various reasons. It could be fear of failure, lack of effective writing skills, or the poor research they’ve done on the company they’re looking to join.

To land the perfect job position as a remote worker, you’ll need to bring complexity to the table. In today’s post, we’re approaching several strategies and tips that’ll help you create an amazing resume as a remote worker.


1. Chose an Outstanding Format

Before you actually get to the practical part and start writing your resume, you’ll have to choose the format that will suit you best. There are three types of formatting:

  • Chronological- listing the information in a chronological order
  • Functional- listing the information in accordance with your skills, abilities, and achievements
  • Hybrid- it’s a combination of chronological and functional formats

Moreover, you must also acknowledge and understand that recruiters won’t spent much time reading your resume. Therefore, you’d better keep it short, concise, and truly relevant. Also, choose a professional and readable font type and size. The recommended ones are Arial and Calibri at 10.5 or 12 size value.

2. List Your Contact Information

No matter what format you have chosen, your contact information must be at the top. Here’s what the list should contain and the order of the elements:

  • Full name
  • Phone number
  • Professional email address
  • Social media handles (like LinkedIn)
  • URLs to personal blogs or websites

Some would say that you should add you address too, but since you’re a remote worker it would have no relevance. The URLs you provide are similar to your extra-work portfolio. Putting them in the contact information section is the best way to direct the recruiter to your best work.

3. Write a Catchy Introduction of Yourself

Janice Fardel, the HR manager at one of the top rated resume writing services , notes that “Most remote workers find it hard to decide which information they should present at the beginning of their resumes. If you’re in that position, you should strive to capture your recruiter’s attention by telling a meaningful story, by stating interesting things, or by simply displaying your unique traits.

Therefore, to develop an inspirational resume, you should first ensure that you’re being truly relevant and interesting to the interviewer while introducing your personality, knowledge, and skills.

The recruiter will spend approximately 6 seconds to scan your resume and he will start from the top. So, if you don’t catch his attention, your chances are gone.

4. Add Both Your Professional and Academic Experience

The body of your resume should begin with the experience section, where you should list, in a chronological way, all your job history, starting with the beginning and ending with your actual position, and all your relevant professional achievements. For each job you had, you should provide further information. See here how.

Furthermore, the educational section should also follow a reverse chronological order. In this section, you should include the following:

  • The type of your degree
  • The minors and majors you’ve chosen to study
  • The university you attended
  • All the awards and honors you received in the past
  • All the remarkable achievements you’ve had during your academic years

5. Write a Skills Section

If you want to increase your chances of getting called for an interview, you should dedicate an entire section to your personal and professional skills. You should only include the skills that are truly relevant to the job position you’re applying for.

Besides skills, let the employer know what makes you a unique and valuable employee. Display your most powerful traits and tell why they should choose you instead of other candidates.

6. Tailor Your Resume Well

Tailoring your resume about researching the company you’re applying to, understanding their requirements and expectations, and tailoring your resume according to your specific job role in that company.

Why is this necessary? Well, imagine that a job offer may attract hundreds of candidates and with so many resumes to read, recruiters use Applicant Tracking System software.

This software takes your resume and compares it according to the job description and specific keywords. So, if you want your resume to pass the ATS software, you’d better tailor it well.

7. Finishing Touches

Sending a resume full of misspelled words and grammar issues will only prove your lack of professionalism.

Therefore, you’d better check it twice, use proofreading tools like Grammarly and Language Tool , or simply ask someone else to check it over.

Conclusion

Keep in mind that a truly good resume requires your full attention, focus, and time. Take our tips into consideration, contemplate on them, and most importantly, apply them whenever you write your next resume.

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New Study Shows Remote Worker Trend on the Rise

Trends towards remote work are rising, with no end in sight. That’s according to a recent survey by Upwork. Today we will look at highlights of the survey, as well as get some answers about the topic from Upwork’s Zoe Harte, Senior Vice President of HR and Talent Innovation.

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You can check out the survey here.

Survey Highlights:

  • Ninety-one percent of hiring managers had open positions on their team at some point in 2017.
  • Positions are typically open for 36 days. Engineering positions were open for 45 days on average, and accounting and finance positions were open for 39 days on average.
  • More than three times as many hiring managers said that hiring was more difficult in 2017 than those who said it was easier.
  • The top hiring challenges in 2017 were access to skills (53%), cost and budgets (45%), and internal hiring processes (33%).
  • Fifty-two percent of hiring managers say that talent shortages are driving the adoption of more flexible models in the workplace.
  • Sixty-three percent of companies have remote workers, but 57% lack work-from-home policies.
  • Forty-eight percent of companies use freelancers, which is up 5% since last year.
  • Thirty-eight percent of survey-takers said that full-time/permanent employees will work largely from home.

Daily Advisor: According to your research, there has been a steady rise in remote workers. What has your research shown to be the major factor in the steady rise in remote workers?

Harte: Technology is fundamentally changing the way we work. Thanks to remote collaboration tools like Slack, Google Hangouts, and Atlassian, to name a few, it’s now possible to work without time and place restrictions. We’re no longer constrained by the walls of the office. While technology is the main enabler, another major force that must be recognized is that people recognize the ability to have more freedom and flexibility today, and they want to be able to work anytime, anywhere. In fact, the most talented professionals are increasingly used to being able to call the shots and shape their lives as they want to live them rather than as traditional 9-to-5 work required. This means that companies that want access to these talented pros need to allow remote work.

Daily Advisor: If the need to be flexible is being driven by the need for talent, what happens to the remote workforce if there are no longer talent shortages? In other words, are remote workforces only valuable because they help people fill their skill gaps?

Harte: The skills gap is not something that’s likely to go away anytime soon. Innovation is progressing faster than ever before. The underlying challenge for companies will be making sure there are enough people with the skills needed to support innovation. Technological and sociodemographic changes are shortening the shelf life of today’s skills. The World Economy Forum predicts that by 2020, more than 30% of the workforce’s essential skills will be new. Outside of access to skills, the other major benefit of having a remote workforce is the ability to scale teams up and down quickly to meet the demands of the business.

Daily Advisor: It was big news when IBM ended its work-from-home policies. What does it know that other companies don’t? What problem did it think it was solving by rolling back work-from-home policies?

Harte: IBM made the decision to colocate teams in what it claimed is an effort to inspire creativity and foster greater collaboration. While collaboration is a critical factor for success, location is not. Only 9% of hiring managers believe having a physical presence in the office is important to a new hire’s success. IBM’s decision to revoke its remote work policies was shortsighted, as its best talent will easily find new jobs with companies that are more open to remote work.

Daily Advisor: My understanding is that STEM workers, like those who would work at IBM, are in short supply. In your opinion, has IBM made a mistake by taking away the flexibility offered by allowing remote workers?

Harte: IBM’s reversal of its remote work policy was alarming and a big misstep. Remote work is not just the future but also the present. Forcing workers back into offices is archaic and a surefire way to lose your best talent. People today expect the freedom that technology provides. Not only do flexible work arrangements top job seekers’ lists of priorities but also making successful hires depends much more on relevant skills than on physical location. Companies that refuse to support a remote workforce risk losing their best people and turning away tomorrow’s top talent.

Daily Advisor: Working from home seems to go hand in hand with freelancers, contractors, and temporary staff. Your research shows a shift toward full-time and permanent employees being likely to work largely from home. Why is that?

Harte: The nature of work is changing. Employees are pushing companies to break down traditional time and place barriers that are relics of the Industrial Era and no longer make sense now that work can be done online. Flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities can be a major factor in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job. Innovative companies are realizing the value of nontraditional work models and are opting for more hybrid, flexible teams. In fact, 63% of companies today have remote team members. This will only continue to increase as companies see the benefits of remote work, including increased productivity and engagement.

In tomorrow’s Advisor, we’ll look at the rest of Harte’s answers, especially concerning workplaces without work-from-home policies. Additionally, we’ll look at their survey results infographic.

Telecommuting Tips: 5 things you may need to fix before telecommuting

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If you’re willing to work for it, you can absolutely telecommute!

5 telecommuting tips. It’s a good idea to take a good look at your life before you dive into deep telecommuting waters. Some people may just not be cut out to do remote work. More often however, a few adjustments to your home office and lifestyle can unblock  hurdles to working from home.

Is your home office more of a party palace than a quite place to work? Do you have friends and family over at all times of the day and night? If so you may need to set some boundaries. Are you extroverted? Do you work better in a social environment? If so you should ask yourself if you can work alone in your home office. Do you need a boss leaning over your shoulder to keep you motivated? If so you may require some motivational training and have a serious talk with yourself about setting priorities.

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If you are serious about telecommuting, and willing to make a commitment to a few lifestyle changes, then any personal roadblocks you may have can be turned into opportunities for personal growth. Make a plan, sit down with your spouse, close friends and family to realistically discuss what may need to change. Ask yourself if you are willing to do what needs to be done over the long haul. Most people will need to make a few physical and personal accomidations before entering the telecommuting lifestyle. All you really need however is a firm commitment and sincere drive to make it work.

If you do decide to take the telecommuting plunge, you can draw considerable encouragement in the fact that distance worker job opportunities are on the rise. It may be easier than you thought to find a remote position that matches your skill sets. Also, your current boss may be willing to let you work at home, at least part time, if you can explain why all sides can benefit.