Not every job in the world requires you to enter an office building or store location on a daily basis. There are numerous remote work opportunities out there. The question you must answer is: “Is working remotely really for me?” The answer isn’t always as clear cut as you may think. Many people enjoy the process of going to work every day because it enables them to interact with others.

Social interaction is actually a major factor in why many people either love or hate their jobs. It’s one of the reasons that the Hire Value Inc. team so often heralds the extreme importance of company culture when discussing recruitment strategies with hiring managers. Now, if you’re the type of person who would much rather wake up and grab your laptop while still in your pyjamas, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re anti-social. It may just mean you’re most productive when you’re on your own. Therefore, securing a remote work opportunity is for you!

What are the major benefits of getting a remote job?

As you may have imagined, there are many of them! In a guest post on entrepreneur, Ryan Robinson’s website, John Cunningham of Remote Rise lists a number of excellent reasons for people to work remotely. The first – and probably most obvious – is the ability to do away with a daily commute. Ridding your life of rush hour traffic and crowded subway rides is considered a huge plus by the majority of remote workers.

You also get to work your own schedule. “Nobody is watching,” reminds Cunningham, “Want to watch Netflix at 11:00 a.m. on a Monday? Go ahead, no one will know. Depending on your job function, you can work when you want to.” Of course, you also get to work wherever you like. Some remote workers have home offices set up, while others literally take their laptop computers with them wherever they go in order to work in a variety of different locations.

Family time is also listed as a benefit of getting a remote job. Many people who work remotely balance their jobs with their family responsibilities. They include picking the kids up from school at 3:00 p.m. when most other parents are still at work. Finally, working remotely alleviates any of stress and distractions that come with office life. “No one is stopping by your desk and distracting you from work,” writes Cunningham, “No office drama with remote work.”

Working remotely does come with added responsibilities. 

In many ways, you are your own boss. As mentioned, no one is looking over your shoulder to check in to see if you’re doing your job. That means you’re required to be self-sufficient. A determined self-starter who has the ability to motivate him/herself is the ideal candidate for a remote work opportunity.

On SkillCrush.com, Cameron Chapman highlights the need for remote workers to become time management pros. “Time management has always been a struggle for me—I’m a born procrastinator,” she admits, “But when I started working remotely, I had to put a stop to that. I had no boss checking in throughout the day to see how I was progressing on things, and sometimes deadlines for big projects were weeks or even months in the future.”