Four Reasons You Do NOT Want to Work Remotely
Working from home sounds like an exciting venture that anyone would absolutely love to take on. In reality though, when you work remotely it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Here are five things to consider before you make the commitment to work remotely.
- You are typically required to furnish all of the necessary equipment and resources.
Need a new computer? Desk? Printer? Ink? Paper? You name it, you buy it. Whatever you need in order to operate your business properly, you are responsible for making it happen. This also includes making sure that you have a solid internet connection, so if you plan on working from an adventurous location (outside of the typical home with a solid internet line) you must be sure to plan accordingly!
- Talk about cabin fever.
If you are not the type of person who likes to get out and about on your own, working from home may not be for you. Life can become pretty ho-hum if you never leave your house! Working from the local coffee shop may help provide you with a little human interaction, but you’ll want to make sure that your social calendar stays full as well.
Say goodbye to your work buddies. It’s WAY harder to connect with someone on a personal level when you only see them online. Talking on the phone or video chats can definitely help, but it’s just not the same as sitting next to someone for 9+ hours a day. Teamwork is tough do, but it can be done thanks to a few incredible apps out there that help you make it happen.
Working remotely often comes with some type of contractor relationship instead of a traditional W-2 employee. While this does give you some benefits when it comes to tax time, taking advantage of those benefits (business deductions) often requires you to hire a tax professional to help you file and a much better record keeping system for your income and expenses.
Want to read more? Check out the full list of pros and cons of working remotely.
Written by Amy Sallie of Atterbie, LLC