Here we need to distinguish the notions, as sometimes employers and employees understand it differently.
Home-based option in your contract doesn´t mean that you will spend all your days in front of the computer in your living room. It is usually applied to sales positions or remote engineers, who travel up to 90% per cent of their work time, so there is no need to keep an office for them. If you are exploring this opportunity, you are looking for a job, where you will be on a constant move - visiting clients´ sites, going to meetings in different cities/countries on a daily basis, etc.
There’s a lot of information in the internet on the subject of working remotely. My intention is to give you a brief summary and guide you through the basic steps.
Working remotely can be applied to almost all office jobs now, where there are daily routines, that don’t involve your presence in the office on a constant basis. Still don’t picture yourself in pyjamas in front of your laptop, which is not how it works. Here are some myths and funny assumptions on how most people see remote work: Remote work myths.
If you work remotely you are still responsible for your results and tasks, so before gladly accepting this opportunity, check the reality of what you are signing up for.
1. Work place. It’s still your job, no matter where you deliver it from. Be sure to find your own work space in your house, let it be a separate room or a corner in the living room, it should be distinguished from your private zone.
2. Work hours. Keep them as your usual ones, coordinate with your superior and your colleagues, so that they always know when to reach you. Use time zones to your advantage, the same you do in a normal office, be sure your clients know exactly when they can reach you.
3. Equipment. You have to have all the necessary technology at hand, so it will not be an excuse for not doing your job. You need a laptop, a smartphone and a printer? Be sure you have it ready for use.
4. Distractions. Lunch and short breaks are obligatory, but TV, Facebook, groceries (unless included in your professional responsibilities) should be left for outside of work hours.
5. Don’t turn antisocial. From time to time it is necessary to come to the office and see the people you work with. Arrange it in advance and be sure you use it properly, schedule meetings, go out for lunch together.
Here is an example of a person working remotely for 6 years, and enjoying it: The challenges of working remotely. Be sure you read the part about downfalls as well!
You are still eager to try the remote way with your job? Well, be prepared and good luck!