Working from Home: The Cloud Workforce

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Join the Cloud Workforce as a Freelancer

Working from home has definite advantages as well as distinct disadvantages. Have you got what it takes to work from home and still earn a decent living wage?

The world in your palm

It is said that telecommunications shrunk the world to a global village. Telecommuters, also collectively known as the cloud workforce, now toil in a virtual world where work is commissioned and delivered online. People need not leave their homes to commute to work anymore. They simply log on to the web from their mobile devices and the world is at their feet… or rather, in their palms.

Working from home – the positive

You may be able to:

  • pick your own, flexible working hours;
  • better utilize the hours you would otherwise have spent in traffic;
  • save on transport costs to and from the office;
  • save on the cost of professional work clothes;
  • manage, promote and drive yourself as your own brand;
  • take on as much or as little work as you can manage; and
  • be your own boss

Working from home – the negative

You may feel:

  • isolated and cut-off from social interaction between co-workers;
  • overwhelmed by having to take decisions on your own;
  • pressurized into putting in extra working time after hours or not taking a lunch break;
  • unable to juggle family-life and work when both happen under the same roof; and
  • concerned that your income may vary considerably from month to month. 

Have you got what it takes to work from home?

  • Are you a reliable, self-disciplined and self-motivated individual that has remarkable organizational skills and can set realistic and achievable goals for yourself?
  • Do you have the aptitude to focus exclusively on the task at hand?
  • Do you have an excellent eye for detail coupled with the ability to judge the quality of your work honestly and impartially?
  • Are you committed to being and staying on top of your game? Will you keep abreast with what is happening in the corporate world regarding trends and training opportunities?
  • Have you got access to your own work space, reliable internet connection and basic equipment such as a phone and laptop?
  • Have you got the necessary drive and ambition to market yourself as a brand on a continuous basis?
  • Do you have the ability to say no to some work assignments when you realize you cannot possibly do everything on your own?
  • Will you be able to put a fair value on your work, knowing that sometimes you may have to operate on a ‘lose some to win some’- principle.

Working from home certainly has become a global trend and more and more companies recognize the value of signing on freelance experts. If you plan on working from home, make sure you do your homework first and know what you are letting yourself in for. Be honest with yourself and evaluate your circumstances carefully.