The Internet has opened a world of opportunities in every aspect of our lives— including the way we work. What used to be a rigid and rather exclusive job market is now wide open to anyone who has the skills, knowledge, and perseverance. Whatever field you specialize in, there is almost always a way for you to earn from it, without having to leave the comfort of your own home, wherever in the world that may be.
Online platforms like oDesk.com and eLance.com do a great job matching skilled online workers with employees/ clients from anywhere around the world. Meanwhile, if you love the idea of working with a team even as you feel wary about commuting to work everyday, you’d be happy to know that more companies are opening up to the possibility remote working conditions.
Whether you’re an employee who’s considering the possibility of being your own boss, or an employer who doesn’t believe that productivity doesn’t necessarily equate to presence, here are some of the top benefits of working from home:
1. Achieve work-life balance (finally!)
Some would argue that the idea of a work-life balance is nothing more than a myth, or something that’s impossible to achieve at this time and age. However, this doesn’t stop a lot of people from wanting to find a certain balance somehow. According to a survey conducted by Microsoft, Work Without Walls, the idea of achieving a work-life balance is top reason why a lot of Americans decide to abandon the conventional office structures and work from home instead, according to Forbes.
For obvious reasons, working from home where you’re comfortable and relaxed does wonders in reducing stress and pressure. With less time spent commuting, you can spend more time with family and pursue activities that contribute to your well-being, such as exercising, travelling, and working on projects you’re passionate about!
2. Save on gas and transportation
It used to be that members of the working class only have to accept the fact that a significant chunk of their salary would go to transportation or gas. When you work remotely, this is no longer an issue. The money you save you’re then free to spend on the more important things in life or add to your personal savings. On top of that, you’re also spared the headache and frustrations that come with wading through heavy city traffic!
3. Boost your productivity
Not everyone can force themselves to be productive within a set number of hours. Workers and employers who are results-driven appreciate the fact that different individuals reach the peak of their productivity at different times of the day. Working from home will enable you to determine which parts of the day you’re most productive and allows you to capitalize on that knowledge.
4. Enjoy peace and quiet
We’ve all experienced it: boisterous colleagues, micromanaging bosses, endless meetings, and other distractions at work. If your type of work demands high concentration and focus, you’ll likely enjoy working someplace where no one could disturb you.
Be warned, however, that the Internet also offers a lot of distractions that you might find hard to avoid. This is why it would be a good idea to use productivity apps that keep you from spending too much time on Facebook, or ones that offer features to help improve your focus if you decide to work from home.
5. Earn more!
Working from home lets you enjoy your income better. The money you save on gas and costly lunches can be added to your savings or spent on things that really matter to you. If you take the freelance path and start getting the hang of things, you can start juggling more than a few projects at a time as a way to boost your income.
Working from home is not for everyone. Some people thrive in high-pressure environments and enjoy the social aspect of working in an actual office. There are workers who have poor time management skills and can’t be trusted to be productive on their own, without supervision.
However, working at home certainly offers great benefits to anyone, whether you’re a housewife who’d like to put your talents into lucrative use, a student looking for additional income, the average office worker who doesn’t mind taking a break from the corporate grind every once in a while, or a someone who simply wants to travel more and see the world without using up all your savings.
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- If the employee did not work, the “no-work, no-pay” principle shall apply, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day;
- If the employee worked, he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(daily rate x 130 percent) + COLA];
- If the employee worked in excess of 8 hours (overtime work), he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on said day (hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 130 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked);
- If the employee worked during a special day that also falls on his or her rest day, he or she shall be paid an additional 50 percent of his or her daily rate on the first 8 hours of work [(daily rate x 150 percent) + COLA];
- If the employee worked in excess of 8 hours (overtime work) during a special day that also falls on his or her rest day, he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on said day (hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 150 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked).
1. Do you have to pay for your sales job?
2. Is it really about selling?
3. Is it actually about recruiting?
4. Are you buying or selling?
5. Are you paying to be trained and “motivated” by the company (or upline) you work for?
6. Does the company provide enough information for you to do your won “due diligence?”
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Many Filipinos today are considering going from being an average employee to becoming a small-time business owner. And this could be just one great move for them. Robert Kiyosaki once said in his book entitled “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” that financial freedom can be attained through establishing a business and investing. Nevertheless, the country is undeniably booming with various business and investment opportunities. From manufacturing hand-crafted products to opening restaurants, the ideas are endless. They come up with innovative products and services that can stand even during tough economic times.
Starting a small business from home is usually the scenario here in the country. With a decent capital to get by, budding entrepreneurs are slowly climbing their way to the top through ingenious strategies. But just like any other venture, it doesn't come easy. Surely, challenges may come even if you're building your business at home. But with the right mindset and techniques, the journey towards financial freedom wouldn't be that much difficult.
A Conducive Work Environment
Regardless of what industry you're in, it is crucial to designate a workspace suited for you. There are lots of home office ideas swarming over the Net which you can take advantage of. Set aside some space in your house, preferably somewhere with minimal distractions. Moreover, investing in professional office equipment and furniture is a sound investment. Spending time in front of the computer means you need to be mindful about ergonomics. An ergonomic chair and keyboard saves you from repetitive stress injuries.
Keep a Strong Team
A home-based business isn't equivalent to a one-man show. The fact that it is business means you need experts to help you out. These are people who must be adept with aspects you are not familiar with. For instance, if you are not familiar with setting up an online presence, you may hire a web developer with an SEO and internet marketing experience. Aside from that, you may need the help of accountants, bookkeepers and even lawyers. Assess what your strengths are when it comes to running a business and focus on the parts which you are good at. Leave the rest to your competent team.
Building your company also means building its identity in the market. Part of your business plan should be impressive yet feasible marketing strategies. Branding is all about establishing your business' credibility through delivering the message of your products and/or services clearly. Create ways to connect to your clients and customers emotionally.
No matter what size, businesses should always make their customers feel valued. When you come to think of it, your company wouldn't even suffice without them. Cultivating relationships with your target audience is extremely essential during the first stage of your business. Winning their loyalty is a matter of being grateful and respectful of them, be it through exceptionally answering to their queries and attending to their concerns.
Managing and growing your small business at home is definitely possible. Starting out while keeping in mind these concepts may even give you a bigger and brighter opportunity in the corporate scene.
Anna Garcia writes for Regus PH. Regus Philippines offers excellent serviced accommodation and business solutions in three of the largest metropolitans in the country: Manila, Makati and Cebu City.
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