When most people think of going to work, they think of entering an office at 9 a.m. in business casual dress, clutching a coffee, ready to work until 5 p.m. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. When some people think of going to work, they think about rolling out of bed in their pajamas and opening their laptop. …Okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but with nearly 50% of Americans working at home at least some of the time, society’s conception of “work” is slowly evolving from that corporate office mindset we all know so well.

Additionally, it’s no longer just freelance writers working from home, either. Recently, nearly every type of job has gained the potential for working remotely. Marketing, graphic design, and even customer service are just a few of the industries in which remote working is becoming increasingly common. Chances are, regardless of what type of job you’re looking for or currently have, remote working could work for you.

Interested in applying for a job to work from home? While it may seem enticing at first, it’s not for everyone. So, how do you know if you’re compatible with this type of business lifestyle? Well, working remotely might be right for you if you…

…hate your commute.

Obviously, if you’re working from home, you won’t have to make that half hour (or longer) trek to your office. Plus, you’ll save money on gas and/or public transportation. Sounds like a good deal to us!

…love freedom.

Some people hate having their boss staring over their shoulders all day. And even though your boss may be inescapable, having the opportunity to do work on your own without feeling like you’re being watched may be exactly what you need!

…are extremely self-disciplined.

This is a must-have trait for anyone who is looking to work remotely. Think about it: without having someone watching to make sure work is getting done, at the end of the day your productivity is completely your responsibility. Feel like you might get distracted by the television? If so, this may not be the right choice for you.

…are looking for more time in the day.

No commute=more time, so if you’ve been dying for an extra hour or two in the day, working from home just may solve that problem!  Perhaps now you can fit in an hour of exercise and still get all of your work done. Imagine that!

…are a tech guru.

If you’re working from home, you have to know what you’re doing when it comes to technology, because your job completely depends on it. If you find yourself constantly asking coworkers to help you make spreadsheets on Excel, you may want to stay in the office. However, if you’re comfortable with conducting all of your business via technology, you’ll adapt quite well to remote working.

On the other hand, working remotely might NOT be right for you if you…

…get stir-crazy.

People who need to move around to feel relaxed probably wouldn’t love working from home. Although you’re technically free to leave the house as you please, unless you’re running a quick errand or venturing to the gym for an hour, you’ll probably spend most of your time in the same place where you eat dinner and sleep after work. If that sounds like it would drive you crazy, then you should avoid working from home like the plague.

…love socializing at work.

Let’s be honest, one of the best parts about working in an office is socializing with your coworkers (assuming you get along with them). If you love being around people and look forward to going to work to see someone in the cubicle next to yours, working remotely could be a bit of a downer, as it could get a bit lonely.

…have trouble balancing work and home.

Working from home definitely blurs the line between your work life and your personal life, so if that balance is something you already struggle with, working remotely could only make it more difficult. Some people find that working from home turns them into a workaholic – sometimes, work should just be left outside. That being said, a great way to mesh working remotely and in an office is to rent a co-working space, a place where individuals come together to work independently in a group setting. In other words, it is possible to work remotely, but not necessarily at home, so perhaps that could work for you!

Looking for a job that will facilitate working remotely? There are plenty of opportunities out there! Using a site like Hubstaff Talent is a great place to start. Once you’ve sent out your applications, download Rake to keep track of your progress!


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