Author: Lisa Lozeau, Agent Acquisition and Onboarding
You’ve likely heard that work-from-home opportunities are great. And they are! I’ve been working from home for years and it has been wonderful for me and my family. Working from home makes it easier (though it’s never really easy) to balance your family, life and your work. The LiveOps Agent Services team did some research and we’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Benefits of Working from Home:
- Enjoy schedule flexibility. Work from home opportunities, especially contract opportunities like being a LiveOps call center agent, tend to offer more flexible schedules. When you can set your hours, instead of being told when you are scheduled to work—it’s empowering. Being able to fit work in around your life instead of the other way around…you may not know what to expect from a less-stressed you!
- Gain back between 10-14 days of free time each year! That’s like getting an extra two weeks of vacation every year. Eliminating a commute can really make a difference in your free time—and your stress level. No need to leave early in the morning “just in case” you hit traffic or feeling your stress level rise as you sit in traffic and worry about that meeting you’re going to be late for. You can just walk into your home office and start your day.
- Cut your gasoline costs. Gas prices are low right now but remember what a budget-buster it was when prices were high? It wasn’t that long ago—and prices can rise again just like that. Gas costs can consume two percent of your annual budget so cutting that cost by driving less can be huge. Like more than $1,000 huge.
- Save on your clothing budget. The average person spends $1,700 each year on work clothes. That’s quite a chunk of change! You shouldn’t work in your pajamas (every day), but you also don’t need to buy a wardrobe of expensive, office-appropriate clothes when you work from home.
- Save on your dry cleaning bill. Since you don’t need expensive, typically “dry clean only” clothes for work, you can save up to $500 a year on dry cleaning. Combined with your savings from not buying that work wardrobe, you can probably afford a nice vacation!
- Trim your food costs. When you’re rushing to work in the morning, sometimes it just isn’t possible to make yourself lunch. That means you’re grabbing a bite to eat for lunch, and maybe a mid-afternoon “pick me up.” Eating out for lunch every day can cost a whopping $2,500 a year. It’s much easier to make yourself lunch when you just have to walk into your kitchen, where you (most likely) have everything needed to whip up a quick, healthy and inexpensive lunch.
- Save on childcare. If you have kids, you know that childcare can be the second most-expensive item in your budget, after your mortgage. When you work from home, you can reduce or even eliminate childcare costs. Work when the kids are at school, in the evening when your partner is home or after they go to bed. That flexibility alone can save you between $4,000-$16,000 each year (depending on where you live, the age of your kids and how much time they spend in childcare). That could be like a whole extra income, when you think about it—and that’s what you are saving.
- Feel less stressed. When you work from home, you eliminate—or at least reduce—multiple sources of stress. The commute. The traffic. The annoying co-worker you can’t escape because you sit next to them. The long lunch break you feel compelled to join because the rest of the office is. You’re controlling your schedule, your flow and your work. And that definitely reduces stress.
- Increase your productivity. I’m willing to bet that being more in control of your work and less stressed will automatically make you more productive. Plus you’ll have fewer distractions from office mates dropping by to chat so you can focus better. As long as you can avoid getting distracted by the dishes, laundry and other chores. My advice? Just go back in your office.
- Stay healthier! Illness tends to spread in confined environments, like schools and offices. Once one person catches a bug, you’re almost guaranteed to pick it up when you’re sharing supplies and touching the same surfaces. Most adults get two to three colds each year. But when you work from home, you control what you touch and how clean it is. Plus, you can eat healthier when you’re making your own lunch and hopefully sleep and exercise more since you don’t have that long commute.
Working from home can save you time, save you money and even improve your health. It may sound too good to be true, but it is possible. We even created an infographic to show the benefits. Think about how working from home could benefit your life—and make it happen in 2016!