Working From Home?
I've been working from home now for over 5 years and I've truly enjoyed it. It's definitely had its ups and downs through the years, but overall the experience has been wonderful. Not only has it allowed to complete 3 degrees, I've had various opportunities in my career and here at The Beauty Closet that I might have otherwise, never even stumbled upon! Does working from home bring its challenges? Yes! But with all of the benefits I've seen over the past few years, they by far outweigh the negatives.
One thing I will say it vital when you make this change, it to ensure you are keeping up with staying healthy & fit. I didn't realize it, but over a short period of time after I began working at home- I had become quite stationary in general. I'm normally a very active individual and have been most of my life; I enjoy outdoor activities like biking, walking, & running. As I have moved up the corporate ladder in the IT field, it's become apparent that I end up sitting in front of multiple screens for long period of time- an average of 9-10 hrs daily and usually more like 12-14 hours when you take the time spent working on homework and overtime in my current position as well.
- The number of people telecommuting in the U.S. has increased 115% from 2005 to 2015 according to a detailed U.S. Census Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
- The average telecommuter has @ least a bachelor's degree and earns a higher median salary than an in-office worker.
- Full-time telecommuter employees save over $4,000 yearly & part-time telecommuters save an average of $2,677 annually in commuting costs.
- 82% of telecommuters reported lower stress levels and 80% reported a higher morale when working from home.
- 75% of employees who work from home earn over $65,000 a year, putting them in the upper 80th percentile of all employees- home or office-based employment.
- The top 7 ranked companies who offer up work-at-home employment: Appen, LiveOps, Amazon, TeleTech, VIPKID, LanguargeLineSolutions, & Working Solutions. [find the full list of the top 100 >here<]
- About 91% of people who work from home feel that they are more productive than when they are in an office, according to a 2016 survey.
Working From Home: Pros & Cons
- Save $$$ on things like gas, food, and time!
- Keep a watchful eye on kiddos, pets, & the household as you are always just a room away ;)
- Work in your pj's- without stressing about the daily typical in-office regimen.
- Many companies provide all the equipment you need- such as a computer, headset, and more.
- Avoid workplace drama and the usual gossip that often occurs at in-office jobs.
- Most work-at-home jobs tend to offer up more flexibility when it comes to things such as scheduling, which means less dictation and more control of your work schedule.
- Live & move where you want to go- when you want to! Many companies offer up employment available in several states, affording you the ability to move to various states for a variety of positions.
- It's easy to get distracted! With all that you have on your plate and working from home, you may get comfortable and easily distracted :/
- Many work-at-home jobs require things such as a working landline/digital phone line and/or internet services; if you live in certain rural or remote areas or lose power or your internet services go down, you will not be able to work :(
- It can be more difficult to be professional as not only do people often not see you face-to-face as they do in an office setting, but you might be working in your pj's for example-making it more psychologically difficult as well.
- It might not be for you: there are some individuals that need the self-discipline of a set schedule and the watchful eyes of their employer i.e. they might benefit more from a structured work setting vs. a work-at-home setting. It really does require more self-discipline to work from home.
- The mix of work & home life can be challenging as well. For instance, it's hard for myself at times, not to respond to the typical home drama I might hear going on in another part of the house- during my work shift. But you must put it aside! Mixing the two can really cause issues for both your career and family life, if you don't.
- You may become isolated and miss out on vital networking and collaborative opportunities. Although recent technologies have improved these issues, they are still present with work-at-home positions as you don't always get these types of opportunities as readily since you don't really see people face-to-face in within your industry.
Work From Home & Sitting Too Much? Try These Quick & Easy Tips!
- Boost your metabolism with a high-protein snack! Try "Ants on a Log" [celery sticks, lined w/organic creamy peanut butter, & then lined with raisins]. Or, try mixing some plain yogurt with a handful of almonds and blueberries for a healthy, sweet treat!
- Try a 5-min. fat-burning workout: start out with jumping rope as fast as you can for the first min. and then do walking lunges down a hallway for another min.; see how many push-ups you can do in a min. and then, turn on a fav tune and finish up your last 2 mins. with dancing to the beat :) Total calories burned? Around 204 calories..in just 5 mins.!
- Use a calorie in-take &/or health app that aids in keeping track of how many calories you are taking in, burning, and what kind of exercise/health condition you are in through its monitoring options. I love Apple's health app that you can utilize through Apple's watch. Not only does it track calories, but you can see how you are burning them and compare & compete your health numbers with friends who have the app & watch as well.
- At least 3-5 times daily, make sure that you get up and stand! Increase blood flow and blood pressure to healthy levels by simply getting up and standing for @ least a couple of minutes, several times a day. Walking a bit around will aid this action even further.
- Take a daily supplement for energy! B12 & iron are helpful in boosting your daily energy naturally. One of my fav's right now that provides a high level of natural antioxidants & protein, are Skinny Bits! Tiny little plant-based nutrition 'bits' that are composed of 100% spirulina algae. [be sure to check out my up-coming recommended product review on them soon!]
DIY Beauty Skincare Recipes...Perfect for Those Who Work From Home!
DIY FACIAL STEAM:
- 3 Cups of water
- 5 -10 drops of Tea Tree or Rosehip essential oil
- 5-7 fresh Thyme leaves
Bring the water to a rolling boil and immediately remove from the heat. Poor into a small glass mixing bowl and add the essential oil with a dropper and add the fresh Thyme leaves. Lean over the bowl so that your face is about 10-12" from the top of the mixture and place a towel over your head so that it's covering your entire head & bowl. Let the steam do the rest of the work and continue to steam your face for up to 10 minutes. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and you're good to go! Easy to do, quick, inexpensive, and perfect for all skin types :)
DIY YOGURT MASK:
- 2 tbsp. whole milk yogurt
- 1/2 tsp. organic local honey
Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and then apply to your entire face. Leave it on for up to 15 minutes and then gently remove with a damp cloth or wash cloth. Pat your face dry and follow with natural witch-hazel toner.
ALMOND & HONEY EXFOLIATOR:
- 1 tsp. organic honey
- 1 tsp. sweet Almond oil
- 1 tsp. organic Almond meal
- 1 tsp. plain yogurt or sour cream
Gently mix all ingredients in a small glass bowl and then massage in a circular motion onto your entire face and neck area. Try to avoid the areas around the eyes and allow the mixture to settle on the skin for up to 3 mins. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat the skin dry. Perfect for those with super dry skin and during the drier, winter months!