Hi I’m Jane. I work full-time in marketing management and run a coaching small business on the side from the comfort of my own home.
I know what you may be thinking… “Working from home, oh that must be nice– you never have to deal with a loud cube-mate or make small-talk while getting a cup of coffee Monday morning.” Or maybe you could see yourself liking it for about a day or two but have no idea how you would organize your time and actually get your work done. Or perhaps you think working remotely full-time sounds awful and you’d miss the social aspect of an office and the routine of coming and going from your home.
These are all fair responses and are some of the reasons why I started this blog.
Often when I tell people I work remotely I often get a response that begins with wide-eyed envy that quickly evolves to mix of part confusion, part horror as the person begins to actually think about what that means day-to-day. They often end up saying something like, “Yeah I could do that for maybe a week but full-time? No way.”
But the fact of the matter is that companies increasingly are moving to flexible work-spaces and employees are demanding flexibility as part of their roles more and more. Reports suggest that a remote employee saves a company $11,000 and the employee between $2,000 and $7,000 annually.
So why this blog? I recently began a new role that is remote full-time. I have worked remotely to varying degrees throughout my career but never done it 100% of the time. So before my transition I began to seek out advice from other remote professionals but what I found was, well, nothing.
I came across career-minded platforms and blogs that would have a post or two on the subject but there was nothing dedicated to the remote worker. I’ve always enjoyed blogging and being a part of forums for working professionals so I was inspired to start a blog entirely focused on the remote working professional.
So here we are!
I will share my journey as I delve into this new full-time work experience. From how to set up your work space to how to maintain your presence and influence while not being physically present to what and when to eat to best fuel your day, this blog will cover it all. I have already learned a lot and hope you will join me from the comfort of your desk, couch, favorite coffee shop– or wherever you may be!
As telecommuting and other flexible work options continue to grow and as employees increasingly cite work/life balance and flexibility as their top considerations for employers, The Working Girl From Home is here to help you balance and navigate it all.