Is A Remote Job Right For You?

By Ashley Paskill on August 12, 2022

Ever since the pandemic forced many people to work from home, remote jobs have become more popular. As more and more companies are offering both in-person and remote work as the world opens back up, you may find yourself deciding which would be better for you. Luckily, there are things you can take into consideration while making the decision to go remote or not.

Office space

One of the most important things you will need is a space for an office. While you can make do with an office even in a studio apartment, if you do not have the space, working from home may not work for you. It is important to have space to work while also being able to disconnect from your work once you are finished. You will also need space for supplies such as a printer and other necessities. If you do not have the room for these things, working from home may not be for you. Be sure to keep in mind that your roommates may also be working from home, using the same spaces. You all have to figure out meeting spaces and schedules.

Your personality

When you work in an office setting, you are surrounded by coworkers who you can chat with and clients you are working with. However, when you work from home, you do not have these people around you unless you work in a coworking space. Even so, these people are doing different tasks with different goals. If you are someone who can work individually without having to collaborate as much, remote work may be for you. If not, you would be better off working in person.

Also, if you are the type of person to get distracted easily, working from home might not be for you. There are distractions in the workplace, but at home, you have things like TV, pets, and roommates who may take your attention from work. If these things do not bother you, a remote job can work for you. Otherwise, stick with in-person.

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Time management

If you are someone who can stick to deadlines and stay on track without a boss standing over your shoulder, you would do well at a remote job. However, if you are someone that needs someone to check in frequently to ensure that you stay on track, an in-person job may be better suited. In remote jobs, being able to hold yourself accountable and stay focused is crucial as your boss may only check in with you once per day. If you can manage your tasks with minimal supervision and contact solely through email and sites like Slack, you would do well in a remote job setting.

Communication skills

Communication is key in any job setting, but when you work remotely, it is even more important. Being able to reach your boss promptly and effectively is crucial, especially since they are not in the same physical setting as you. If you are notoriously awful at responding to texts and emails in a timely manner, a remote job may not be for you. However, if you are easily reached through multiple points of contact, you would do well. Beyond personal communication skills, you need to ensure that your technology is capable of the tasks you need and can stay connected to the internet so you can get your work done.

Work-life balance

If you are someone who struggles to maintain a work-life balance when a job is in-person, you will likely struggle more when you work remotely. This is why it is essential to have an office space that is separate from the rest of your living space. If you have this and are able to shut work off at the end of working, remote work is for you. However, if you do not have the space for a separate office or you tend to do work outside of the workday, consider sticking to an in-person job. Being able to disconnect from work will help you maintain your mental health and you will not be doing extra work for the same pay.

Company culture

Company culture is crucial to a positive remote job experience. Some companies use remote work as justification for paying employees less, which is not fair. Also, see how the company treats other employees when it comes to who is required to be in the office and when and who is not. Some companies can be toxic when it comes to making some employees work in the office for the same job that remote employees do. These types of things are red flags, and while you yourself may be suited for a remote job, the company may not be. See where the company culture is before accepting the job and decide if it is for you or not.

Working from home may seem super convenient and impressive, but, at the end of the day, it is not for everyone. If you have the space and personality needed, go for it. If not, see if you can find an in-person position.

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