Why working from home is becoming increasingly common amongst workers

Monday 1 August 2016

Since 2006, the number of people choosing to become self-employed has been rising significantly, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). By 2016, the number of independent professional workers workers in the United Kingdom has risen to over 4.7 million. The figure was over 3.7 million in 2006 and the trend of people working from home has been increasing over time.

In the past, the idea of self-employment for many people seemed like a risky option to take, but now the option to work from home and be your own boss has become popular, desirable and attractive. This trend has occurred thanks to various factors: the digital revolution, outsourcing of job roles, the need for flexible working patterns and the demand for a work-life balance. In addition to this, according to the ONS and The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), the rise in self-employment has lead to a boost in job numbers because of the overwhelming contribution to the economy.

Therefore, despite the 2008 economic downturn and the so-called ‘myths’ and ‘risks’ associated with working for yourself, self-employment is a popular route to take for many people. If you are strongly considering becoming your own boss in the future, then there are many advantages, perks and benefits to enjoy:

You can be flexible

Owing to the ever-changing nature of digital technology, you can work when you want and wherever you want. You don’t have to work the typical 9-5 hours - you can dictate your own hours and work whenever you want, and you can fit your work schedule around other commitments too, which leads onto the next point…

You can focus on other hobbies, interests and commitments

Working on a flexible and self-employed basis means that you can make time for social aspects of your life, such as taking on a hobby or spending more time with your family, creating the work-life balance.

You can avoid the dreaded commute

Commuting is one of the most irritating things a worker has to do, but not if you are self-employed (or living close to your workplace.)  By working from home, you won’t ever have to leave your house to commute, meaning that you save time and money. You could even claim back expenses for services used at home such as internet charges, water, electricity and charges to your phone bill.

You can work from the comfort of your own home

As previously mentioned, the ability to work flexibly means that you can work from the comfort of your own home (or sofa/bed/desk/whichever you prefer) and that’s great. You can focus better - some people find that they are more productive and efficient at home, compared to working in an office. Also, working in a comfortable setting can help to drive creativity and can help to reduce stress levels.

You’ll be in charge

After all, you’d be your own boss.

By Victoria McDonnell

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