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Thanks to Technology, More of Us Work From Home, Which Actually Works Out Pretty Well

This is a guest post by Ryan F. on the subjects of telecommuting and technology. Ryan is a big advocate of saving money with an HP coupon and is a freelancer who enjoys writing for the Blog Content Guild.

People who work on the computer all day long don’t necessarily need to work in offices. More and more companies are realizing this fact, and an increasing number of employees are working remotely from their couches. This benefits businesses, especially startups, because they don’t have to pay for the extra office space to accommodate all of their employees.

Full-time staff members aren’t the only employees who work from home. A large chunk of workers who telecommute are contractors or freelancers. The recession has caused the number of freelancers to skyrocket, as businesses hire workers for specific projects, instead of spending money (they may not have) to hire someone on full-time.

Telecommuting Works, For Some

The number of Americans who telecommute is around 50 million and grows every day. Generally, working from home is either terrible or terrific, depending on whom you ask and depending on what day of the week it is. If you’re the most extroverted person in the world, working remotely may not be your cup of tea. If you’re just an average worker, it could work out pretty well. Here are some of the benefits of working from home:

  • There’s no commute. This is a huge plus. Since most people who live in the U.S. spend around an hour in traffic to and from work each day, this can save a lot of time, too.
  • You can roll out of bed and start working. There’s no need to spend time putting on make-up or shining your shoes. (Although you shouldn’t abstain from your daily hygiene regimen).
  • If you have pets, working from home gives you a chance to spend time with them. And you don’t have to worry about your dog chewing up your shoes because he couldn’t keep his separation anxiety at bay.
  • You might actually be more productive at home. If conversations and things going on at the office aren’t distracting you, you can focus on your work.
  • You can spend the hour you gain from not having to commute with your loved ones. This will strengthen your relationships with them and enrich your life.
  • If you’re working from home, you’re more likely to eat at home. It’s tempting to eat out with your co-workers for lunch. If your co-workers aren’t around to tempt you, you’re more likely to just fix yourself a sandwich and get back to work. Eating at home will save you money, and it’s usually healthier than the alternative.
  • If you’re having a bad day, you don’t have to deal with the added stress of making sure it doesn’t show at work. If you’re working from home, you have opportunity to emotionally process whatever you’re going through in a private atmosphere.

The benefits listed above are just some of the many perks of working from home. Telecommuting can be lonely, but the pros of doing so can definitely outweigh the cons.