I thought it would be worth going over the key reasons why I believe working through the web is something worth doing.
If you’re already doing web work, you might resonate with these points.
If you’re thinking about becoming a full-time, part-time or casual web worker, this post should help introduce you to why myself and others are passionate about this way of working (and living).
1. Communicate in your own time.
In traditional jobs, the phone can be a constant interruption. When working online, you choose when and how to communicate.
2. Unclutter your work life.
Paper, forms, binders, pens, plastic sleeves, more paper… it’s enough to drive you crazy (and certainly enough to thwart your efforts at an organized life).
Working online allows you to make the transition to a paperless office — or even a paperless life.
3. Work should feel like living.
Work-life balance can be a troubling idea. Does it mean that when you’re working, you’re not living?
Working online allows you to structure your work around important events and actions in your life — rather than positioning work as an obstruction to those things.
4. Work only the hours you need to get the job done.
Traditional working days are structured around hours, online working days are structured around tasks.
Complete your set tasks more quickly and you’re rewarded with a shorter working day, rather than more work to do!
5. Work for employers and clients anywhere in the world.
Where you live is no longer the primary arbiter of where you work. Through working online, you can work for clients or employers interstate or internationally.
Once you remove geographical requirements, the pool of available jobs becomes much larger. You can also live where you want, rather than where you work.
6. Be more autonomous.
While you may have a boss overseeing your work online, they’re usually not in a position to stand over you as you work.
7. Kill the commute.
All your traveling is done through wires and connections — unless you want to go the park, your local cafe, or somewhere else entirely.
Save on petrol and free up more time. If you spend two hours a day commuting, that’s two hours a day you now have back.
8. Take advantage of technology to make you more productive.
There are thousands of helpful people out there developing software, apps and other technology to help you complete tasks faster online.
Working through the web allows you to take advantage of that.
9. Create your own workspace.
Forget the cubicle, or the stuffy office. Work from your bedroom, your home office or your garden. Pick a new workplace every week.
Play music, decorate it how you want, arrange things to your liking. You’ll have the freedom to create a workspace which fully unleashes your creativity.
10. Build a digital office.
Achieve ultimate mobility be simplifying the externalities of your work life. Handling your work digitally allows for simpler workspaces and light-weight travel.
11. Work anywhere there’s an internet connection.
If the requirements of your work are just a laptop and an internet connection, you’re no longer bound to one place.
Carry out your work anywhere: from the local library, to your neighboring state, to South America. It might sound dreamy, but it is possible.
12. No enforced geographical separation from your home and family (unless you want it!).
Even if you have private time when you’re working, your family may simply appreciate the feeling that you are ‘around’ rather than in a separate place.
Some of you might also find it refreshing to take a lunch-break with your kids, or your spouse, instead of your boss and co-workers.
When you feel the need to truly have some ‘alone time’ you can commute to another location. In essence, work time no longer needs to be rigidly separated from work and family time.
13. Avoid office politics.
Gossip, bad relationships with co-workers and nasty bosses can all be powerful causes of work-stress.
While web work does have stresses of its own, it does largely avoid the issue of office politics.
14. Do your job how you want.
As web work is task focused, it generally doesn’t matter how you complete a task, as long as you get it done.
You have the freedom to complete tasks following processes that work best for you, rather than your employer.
15. Be at the forefront of a movement.
The phenomenon of working online is a new movement populated by remarkable and tech-savvy individuals. Expect friends and family to be fascinated (and a little mystified) by what you do.