Working from home used to be considered a luxury, reserved largely for lucky workers in select positions or freelancers.
After COVID-19, however, that’s no longer the case. 76% of workers say they now have a preference for working from home, and two years into the pandemic, 59% of workers who say they can work from home are doing so.
Whether you’re a freelancer, business owner, or a conventional employee, working from home in many positions is becoming the standard instead of the exception.
Speaking from experience, working from home is an exceptional perk. I’ve been doing it since I started freelancing in 2014, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I have flexibility in my day for doctor’s appointments, lunch with my husband, or going to the gym.
There’s no commute time, and I can spend the day working in loungewear with my dogs around me. And as someone with a chronic illness, I’m typically able to keep working even when I don’t feel well; that wouldn’t be the case with an in-office job.
There are, however, hardships to working from home. For many, it’s been a sometimes bumpy transition, with challenges like poor internet access or home equipment, difficulty collaborating with a team, and even kids barging in on important Zoom calls.
So how can remote work be effective, productive, and enjoyable? In this post, we’re going to look at nine work-from-home tips that we all need in 2022, backed by science and tested by your friendly neighborhood freelancer! [continue reading…]