I finally did it.
I joined Crowd Favorite and the quickly growing percentage of the work force that is working remotely. Telecommuting. Working from home. There are many ways to describe it. But I’ve done it.
My first brush with remote work was in 2011 when I was lucky enough to be allowed to work remotely 2-3 days per week as a developer for a large nonprofit. But to provide for my growing family I also was freelancing and working for an agency on the side. The freedoms that remote work bought me were taken by the number of hours I put in between the three jobs. I did that for a year before deciding that working three jobs wasn’t worth the “freedom” of remote work and took a well paying position in a company with four walls and no telecommuting allowed.
But now I’m back. As of Monday, I work 100% remotely. Honestly, it is still sinking in. But working remote means so much more than wearing whatever I want or getting to wear my smiley-face pants to work (these may or may not exist, I’ll never tell).
Being just three days into remote work my entire lifestyle has changed. My demeanor is easier, less stressed and more friendly. People have noticed a change already. Here is a list of the changes I’ve noticed so far:
- Diminished stress – Not having to fight thousands of other commuters on my morning and afternoon trips into the office has been a huge deal. Those trips used to leave me frustrated if not outright angry and in a bad mood coming into the office and coming home to my family. No more. I start and end the day refreshed and energized by work or rest. My wife has already made comments about this change.
- More time with my family - This one cannot be said enough of. I got between 30 minutes and an hour with my kids each night before bedtime before remote work. Now I get several hours each evening and pretty soon will even get to eat breakfast with them and send them off to school each morning. I have energy to play with them and have intelligent conversation with my wife each evening instead of “going to bed. ZZZZZZZZZZZ.”
- Communication – This one has been huge. Communication while working remote is key. Learning good communication skills has always been something that I’ve focused on and been aware of. Hopefully, this will begin to pay off not only for me, but for CrowdFavorite both to clients and internally.
I’m sure I’ll continue to find things that I love and that are difficult about working remotely. The key for me is that it frees me up to live a lifestyle that makes sense and allows me to invest in myself and my family.