I have been working remotely for the past 6 years. Prior to that, I have spent a good decade in the corporate world. It was my passion for travel that got me into remote work and since then, I never considered going back to the office. There are definitely pros and cons in doing remote work but, for me personally, the good far outweighs the bad.

Please note that I am writing this from an introvert’s perspective and you will understand why at the end of this post.

The Good

  1. Working remotely means you can work anywhere in the world as long as you have a decent internet connection. That being said, I can go on vacations and bring my work with me. Plus, I don’t have to worry about finishing my paid leave credits because I am working whilst traveling. This, I believe, is the best part of doing remote work.
  2. While people spend 2-3 hours a day in traffic, I spend 0 hours. So that gives me 780 hours (32 days) in a year to spend in whichever way I want to. Also, since I don’t get tired from commuting, it gives me the luxury to do more things — things that I love to do, things that could earn me extra income.
  3. Since I don’t need to spend time in traffic, I get to have more sleep hours. And that is something I would willingly bargain for.
  4. No office politics and drama. This is something I cannot stand when I was still in the corporate world. There’s so much ass kissing and drama that can bring your energy down. When you do remote work, even if you work with a team, there’s much less drama involved.
  5. I get to save money that I would normally spend on clothes and transportation. When you’re in the corporate world, you always have to dress to impress, hence the need to go shopping on a regular basis. But when you’re working remotely, no one would know if you’re still in your pajamas.

The Bad

  1. Lack of human interaction. Because your work is remote, you’d be in front of the laptop most of the time. You will have no colleague beside you to chit chat or have lunch with. With this kind of work, you are pretty much on your own. It can get lonely especially if you are an extrovert or someone who likes to be surrounded by people all the time.
  2. Lack of mentors to inspire and guide you. Being mentored is one of those things that I appreciated when I was in the corporate world. These mentors willingly share their knowledge and wisdom and you can really learn a lot from them. When you do remote work, you rarely have that and your best bet is to be self-taught. So you have to keep yourself motivated to continuously learn about new things and trends. You alone are responsible for your own growth.
  3. Pay could be much lower and benefits offered could be minimal compared to what you would normally get in a corporate setting.
  4. You need to take care of acquiring your own health insurance and filing for your income tax and other government fees. Remote work employers rarely offer these kinds of services to their employees. It’s not much of a big deal but it could cost more to pay for an individual’s health insurance than for a corporate one.
  5. Online jobs are notorious for being unstable. Most of the time, there are no contracts involved so when employers decide to let you go, you can’t do anything about it. But it goes both ways because of thousands of online jobs available, employees can easily find a replacement and quit their jobs without even giving a week’s notice.

As mentioned earlier, this is written from an introvert’s perspective so the lack of human interaction and mentors are something I can easily live with. The ‘lack of’ can be compensated with my passion for continuous learning. I constantly educate myself with new trends and current events.

And because I have been acquiring more skills, skills that are now in-demand, I am getting paid much higher than what I would normally receive in the corporate world. It hasn’t been easy and it took me more than 5 years to get where I am with a lot of hard work and patience.

When a choice is presented, know that there is no such thing as “the grass is greener on the other side” because believe it or not, there will always be a trade-off.

There are no right or wrong choices but remember, your life choices are what make you who you are.