What are the benefits of working from home?

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As a sustainability consultant, you can lead by example. You’re working from home and cutting your carbon footprint, and you can help other business owners do the same. You can guide clients through questions such as these: How can I increase how often my team works from home? How can I lower my company’s energy usage? Think outside the box, and you might earn a reputation as a thought leader whom other business owners seek out time and again.

Why you should work from home

There’s no place like home, especially when you work there. Research shows that remote workers are more productive and less stressed, making it a highly attractive arrangement for any employee. And, of course, it’s been the safer option throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Here are some more reasons why working from home is ideal in today’s world:

  • Set your own schedule. If you start your own home business or work as a home-based freelancer, nobody can tell you when (and when not) to work. As long as you show up to client meetings and hit all your promised deadlines, you can start and end your workdays at any time. That’s not usually the case if you’re heading to an office and working for a company.
  • Eliminate your commute. There’s no end to what people would give to eliminate their commutes. Working from home is the easiest way to make that shift for yourself. You’ll get back the time and money you used to spend on your commute, not to mention the sleep lost from waking up early. 
  • Remove co-worker interruptions. There are times when you just need to focus without interruption or distraction. That’s much harder if you’re in an office where a colleague can turn to you for help, questions or chitchat at any time. Working from home lets you create your own private, quiet space, and you can choose how, when and where to interact with people.
  • Work with anyone. In-office work means you can only choose employers in your area. Depending on the type of home-based business you choose, you can work with anyone anywhere on the planet. All you both need is an internet connection – and, for you, the ability to meet the client’s needs.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint. If you’re looking to make sustainability part of your business model, there’s no better place to start than at home. Eliminating your commute means your daily activities will emit significantly less carbon dioxide. Couple that with other eco-friendly initiatives, such as going completely paperless, and you’re off to a great start.

In short, working from home leads to more productivity, less stress and better sustainability. That’s because it eliminates your commute and gives you an isolated space to work without interruption, in addition to full control of your schedule.