Working from home is sometimes seen as the holy grail of the work/life balance – you still get paid for doing a job you enjoy but there is no commute or office politics and you can work more flexible hours.
With internet/ video conferencing and cloud-based support systems, which can be accessed from anywhere, working from home has never been easier. And the number of people enjoying more flexible roles has increased in the last decade with 4.2 million Brits working from home in 2015.
Thankfully, there are plenty of business support roles which lend themselves to remote working some or most of the time.

what are the different business support roles? 

Depending on your skills and experience, there are many roles which can give you the flexibility to work remotely. As an account manager, you can expect to earn approx. £25,000 to £30,000 a year dealing with multiple clients, bringing in sales and taking them through the sales process. An account sales manager would also earn a similar amount, both roles could feasibly be conducted from home at least part of the time – provided you have remote access to the necessary systems that would allow you to deal with client calls from your kitchen table.
 In a business development executive role or consultant you would likely be taking on a more strategic approach that wouldn’t necessitate you being in the office all the time. Careers as a media sales advisor, media sales consultant or sales executive/advisor can also be very flexible and mean you could sometimes conduct your calls and emails from home, heading out to see clients in person when necessary.

what are the advantages of working from home?

  • No commute – Not having to drive to the office or catch a train can be a huge stress reliever. It can also save you the cost of commuting be it the price of a season ticket or fuel for your car
  • Flexibility – Working from home can give you more flexibility, especially if you have a young family or other commitments. Provided you get the work done you’re able to choose when doing it suits you best.
  • Tax breaks – If you work from home regularly you might be able to write off part of your home and office expenses against the tax bill. Your accountant will be able to advise you on this.
  • More control  - When you work from home you don’t’ have someone micromanaging you or peering over your shoulder every five minutes.
  • Greater productivity – People who work from home often say they’re happier, less stressed and more effective in their role. One study revealed 77% of workers who are offered flexible working say it improves their productivity.

are there any differences from working in an office that could affect me?

Working from home does have its drawbacks. You won’t get the same office interactions you do in the workplace and it can sometimes feel quite lonely. You’ll also need to be a very good self-starter with a solid daily routine, making sure you can avoid distractions, such as friends dropping in for a chat, doing the laundry or making the dinner.

The lack of a commute can also be a disadvantage because there is no chance to decompress and destress after a workday. There is no clearly defined line between home and work, which can mean the two become blurred and you can find yourself responding to emails long after the working day has ended.

Working from home might mean you can save on childcare fees but you’ll still need to make appropriate arrangements should you need to have a meeting, speak to a client or simply some require quiet time to make sure the job is getting done to your best ability.

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