6 REASONS WHY BLOGGERS AND CREATIVES SHOULD WORK REMOTELY
I’ve been lucky to experience three of the most well-known working environments – an office, a co-working space and working from home. And of course, the many, many hotels I stay at throughout the years on my travels!
Needless to say, it might come as a surprise to some of you and probably not most of you, but what I found was that I was most productive in a co-working space and working from home.
I didn’t need to spend two hours every day commuting two and from work, I could work the hours that suited me (I am most productive early in the morning), I was able to enjoy the peace and quiet of not being interrupted by colleagues every ten minutes, and it all did wonders for my creativity and productivity.
When I stopped working for someone else in an office earlier this year and start working for myself at home, I knew I was taking a risk. But I also knew I would be happier, more productive and more creative. Why? Because I was doing what I love and on my own terms. If I feel like starting work at 10am and finishing by 4pm, I can. If I feel like going for a swim in the ocean in the afternoon, I can. If I feel like meeting a client at my favourite coffee shop, I can.
Get my drift?
So if I can share one piece of wisdom with other bloggers and creatives, it’s this. Shake up the norm and work remotely. If you’re still working full time in an office and trying to get your side hustle off the ground, ask your employer if you can work remotely for one day a week. If you’re a blogger or creative working from home and find you get really lonely and need someone to bounce off, book a desk at a co-working space one day a week. You might even meet your business bestie! If you’re working at a co-working space and want to work from home for a day, do it. Nothing is stopping you. In fact, here are six more reasons why bloggers and creatives should work remotely.
YOU AVOID THE DREADED COMMUTE
When I lived and worked in Sydney I had two transport options to get to my full time job every day; catch a bus and two trains, which took two and a half hours every day, or drive, which took two hours every day. Not the most effective way to spend my time! Needless to say, when I work from home I reclaim that time wasted on commuting. I can choose use that time to exercise, sleep in, start work earlier (or later) or meet a friend for breakfast.
YOU CAN SET YOUR OWN SCHEDULE
Let’s get really honest for a second – when employers dictate your working hours, they also dictate your creativity and productivity levels. “You must be creative and productive between 8am and 6pm every day!” Yeah, well that doesn’t work for everyone. Certainly not me. I am my most productive first thing in the morning. I exercise and then I get my work done. It still surprises me how much work I get done between 7am and 1pm, compared to how much work I get done between 1pm and 6pm. Because I can set my own schedule and work when I am motivated, I get more work done. Boom.
YOU CAN WORK FROM ANYWHERE
Most people who work remotely, either work from home or at a co-working space. But that doesn’t mean you have to be tied to these spaces. You could spend a few hours at a coffee shop around the corner, you can take your laptop to the beach (I’ve done that!) or go on a road trip and check your emails every couple of hours. It really doesn’t matter where you choose to work from as long as you are happy, productive and get the work done. And let’s be honest, it’s a lot better than sitting at the same desk every day, staring at the same computer screen every day, and speaking to the same people every day.
YOU CAN WEAR WHAT YOU WANT
Feel like working in your pyjama’s till noon? Go for it. Want to put on your best outfit whilst you sit at your desk at home? Why not. In the mood to wear sneakers, a mini skirt and a crop top (because you know you could never wear this in your last corporate job)? Do it.
YOU CAN HAVE A BREAK WHENEVER YOU WANT
Ever notice how smokers can leave the office for several times a day to have a cigarette and no one says anything, yet when non-smokers head out to grab a coffee a couple of times a day, it gets frowned upon? Well this simply describes how much working from an office sucks! When you work remotely, you can have a break whenever you want, and you can do whatever you want. Feel like taking a really, really long lunch? Off you go. Need to get some fresh air and go for a morning hike? Do it. Want to finish work early to watch sunset with your friends? Make it happen.
YOUR CREATIVITY AND PRODUCTIVITY SOARS
The biggest benefit of working from home or from a co-working space is because it makes you happier, more creative and more productive. From my experience this comes down to responsibility. When you work in an office, someone else has created that space and assumes you’ll thrive in it – not the case. Coupled with office distractions such as meetings, phone calls and general chitchat, and well, it’s not an environment conducive, or tailored, to maximise your own creativity and productivity. Working from a space you love, whether it be home, a co-working space or from a café, means you get to choose the creative environment you thrive in. It also brings a much less stressful dynamic into your working life.