For most of us, ‘working from home’ sounds like an unattainable luxury that comes with MANY perks.
Perhaps the greatest perk of all would be bypassing the daily morning mayhem. If you’re not a morning person, then waking up 5 days a week, and stampeding to work for 9 am sharp…. can be a little, well, daunting.
Daily commuting (whether by car/or public transportation) is a major contributor to lower satisfaction levels with life. Plus, not having to worry about parachuting out of bed every morning in a flustered state (trying to get out of the door in time) is a great sigh of relief.
Benefits of Working From Home
There’s no better work-life balance than working from home.
3. Digital Makes It Easy
Thanks to the Internet you can connect to wifi from anywhere, and tools like Trello and Slack make remote communication a breeze.
4. Less Likely To Call In Sick/Quit
Working from home makes employees happy! Happy employees don’t quit. And why call in sick when you can stay home anyway!
5. Time Efficiency
If you work from home, you’re at your office right when you wake up. The time people spend commuting…(even being late 10-15 minutes) can be used for working.
A Distant Dream
If you think that working from home is nothing but a distant dream, think again! Apple, yes Apple the renowned tech giant, currently has some sweet work from home opportunities.
Apple is looking to hire a number of full- and part-time At Home Advisors who can answer questions about Apple’s products and services, offer troubleshooting advice, and technical support—all from the comfort of your own home.
A Sweet Benefits Package Is Included As Well!
1. Paid time off
2. Apple product discounts
3. Resources that promote career growth
“If you love exploring the ways technology helps you do all your favorite things, you’ll probably be great at sharing your knowledge with others, that’s what you’ll do every day as an Apple At Home Advisor.”
More Money In Your Pocket
If working for Apple wasn’t incentive enough, FlexJobs, a leader in the flexible job movement (they are currently disrupting the traditional workforce), has released data about how working remotely can save you money. (7)
The average person can save between $4,668 to $5,688 per year by working remotely. FlexJobs broke down the savings in six areas: (7)
1. Gas: $686 saved per year.
2. Car Maintenance: $767 saved per year.
3. Dry Cleaning & Laundering: $500 to $1,500 saved per year.
4. Lunches & Coffee: $1,040 saved per year.
5. Professional Wardrobe: $925 saved per year.
6. Tax Breaks: $750 saved per year
TOTAL: $4,668 to $5,668.
But Why Aren’t More People Working From Home?
Aside from a few companies being stuck in their traditional workforce methods, there are different reasons why someone may be hesitant about working from home.
Working from home entails some degree of isolation. If you live by yourself, you may go an entire day without seeing or talking to anybody (3). For most people, its a lack of awareness of what remote jobs are available out there!
It’s not just Apple offering remote positions, there are plenty of corporations (among the Fortune 500 companies) that are offering ‘work from home’ jobs.
Here are some possible options based on previously listed remote jobs on the FlexJobs website: (7)
GM Administrative Assistant
French Fluent – Work from Home Customer Service Associate
Customer Service Representative
Virtual Customer Service
Senior Customer Advisor
Security Architect Consultant
Principal Advisory Consultant – State and Local Government and Education
Business Intelligence Analyst
Senior Security Architect
Cyber Security Forensic Analyst
SVP and GM
Business Development Director
Technical Services Professional
Director, Client Services
Senior Manager, Sales
Business Development Executive
Pre-Sales Systems Engineer
Working from home doesn’t have to be lonely or impossible. Aside from the number of wonderful health benefits and long-term satisfaction levels, there are an array of job opportunities out there! You just have to do your research.
“Working from home isn’t for everyone, but if you’re confident, disciplined, and self-motivated, home can be a place where work and life don’t clash — they collaborate,” – Apple
(1)Apple Inc. (n.d.). Jobs at Apple. Retrieved from https://www.apple.com/jobs/us/aha.html
(2)Hervey, J. C. (2018, February 20). Is Working From Home Better For You? Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/janeclairehervey/2018/02/18/is-working-from-home-better-for-you/#740d551e2bc8
(3)Is working from home making you miserable? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/better/wellness/working-home-making-you-miserable-n763711
(4)James, G. (2017, July 14). Working From Home Makes You Happier and ‘Massively’ More Productive, According to Science. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/working-from-home-makes-you-happier-less-likely-to.html
(5)Mautz, S. (2018, April 02). A 2-Year Stanford Study Shows the Astonishing Productivity Boost of Working From Home. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/scott-mautz/a-2-year-stanford-study-shows-astonishing-productivity-boost-of-working-from-home.html
(6)Moscaritolo, A., & A. (2018, January 16). Apple Is Hiring, and You Can Work From Home. Retrieved from https://www.pcmag.com/news/358556/apple-is-hiring-and-you-can-work-from-home
(7)Schwantes, M. (2018, May 03). Want to Work from Home and Save Money? Amazon, Apple, IBM, and Dell Are Hiring for These Remote Jobs. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/want-to-work-from-home-save-money-amazon-apple-ibm-dell-are-hiring-for-these-remote-jobs.html