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The pros and cons of working remotely

Its been one year since I started working remotely and I am writing this post to share the pros and cons of becoming a remote worker from my personal experience. I decided to write this post after reading this interesting post on remote working. I started my full-time career in 2010 as a web developer in a French startup where I had to work about 9 hours a day for as low as 150$ per month. (Yes, you read it right “per month” !!). I have experience working in local as well as aboard another country where I had to overcome some challenges. My life changed when I decided to become a remote worker and be own boss.

Working in an office (Local)

Pros:

  • You don’t have to commute too far
  • Socialize at work
  • Get to meet and work with people in person
  • Team outing, Person – Person meetings
  • Gossips, fun and some office fights
  • Management Team, team workshops, training
  • Sharing food and other office activities
  • Water cooler chats
  • Staying night to meet the deadlines
  • Live with Family
  • Home Food

Cons:

  • Fixed working hours
  • Dress Code
  • HR and IT rules
  • Whacky Computer Infrastructures (Raise ticket if your 6 year old headphone is not working !)
  • Restricted Internet access
  • Fixed holidays and leave
  • People peeking at your monitor
  • No privacy

Working in an office (Out of country/town)

Pros:

  • Bigger package
  • New lifestyle
  • New Experiences to try

Cons:

  • Relocation Costs
  • Away from Family
  • Eat out
  • Alien to the place
  • Feeling lonely
  • Setup everything from scratch
  • No friends at the beginning
  • Start from scratch to socialize
  • Plus all the cons of working in an office as above

Working as remote

Pros:

  • Literally no need to commute (saves a lot of time)
  • Work at your own flexible hours
  • Everything is just an inch away
  • Work in your own space with your own choice of devices
  • Build your dream workspace as to your taste
  • Sufficient time for other activities and social life
  • Fat package

Cons:

  • Lonely at work
  • If you are a potato couch, you will have higher chances of exploiting your lifestyle
  • If you don’t use a private space, you will be distracted by your family, kids and regular visitors to your house
  • Lack of inspiration (if you don’t know how to organize your work and time, you will easily end up losing inspiration to work)

 

 

By Sankaranand

Scrum Master and Project Manager with 9+ years of experience handling web, mobile and cloud projects. He is a PSM1 and CSM certified.

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