At the end of 2019 before the pandemic became widespread in the US, opinion research firm CivicScience began tracking work from home productivity. Since the start of the pandemic, the data around WFH has undergone quite the evolution and most workers are considered more productive. The report shows 35- to 54-year-olds are the most likely to enjoy working from home, while 18- to 24-year-olds like it the least.
Working from home can feel like a dream come true after many years of commuting to a shared office space, with all its constraints, distractions and lack of privacy -- not to mention dealing with traffic or public transportation. However, a few months in, newly-minted work-from-homers may be finding themselves with the realization that their new situation has its hazards as well.
The way things have been done in the past means nothing in today’s age. Becoming an adult during a global pandemic requires us to do things differently. I must remind myself to be patient and flexible and that the path that most follow is not the only path.
No two days are alike. The traditional work world offers a predictable routine, from the daily commute to the awkward Monday morning staff meetings. The freelancer’s workday has a different feel that you will get used to. Time is now in your hands and it’s up to you to make the most of it. If you want to start your day at 6:30 a.m. and take a workout break at 10 a.m., you can.
Graduating from college in the middle of a pandemic is far from ideal. With the United States unemployment rates above 10%, securing a full-time position or a summer internship is extremely difficult. In May, many companies were making layoffs and definitely not looking to hire a college student with little professional experience.
As an American with a disability living in 2020, I celebrate the 30th Anniversary of George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division,” The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services.”
I find I need a certain amount of order around me to be productive. I’m not extraordinarily neat or fastidious (wish it were so) but, still, I can’t operate surrounded by visual and auditory chaos. At the same time, even more crucially, I need to be comfortable. I need a good chair, a good caffeinated beverage, and for most types of writing or editing work, I need some good background music that’s just interesting enough while at the same time not being too distracting. This is my “must-have” home office list.
In order to be a successful freelancer, you need to be responsible for your finances, which means managing your money, where it’s kept, and how it’s used. Yes, everyone should be financially savvy, but freelancers have additional responsibility because there isn’t an employer setting things up for them. While it might seem basic, most individuals actually don’t understand how checking accounts work — and why they’re useful to have in today’s increasingly digital world.
While there are numerous advantages to working as a freelancer, one of the biggest disadvantages is not having certain financial accounts set up for you automatically — most employers give full-time employees a retirement fund, as well as other savings types of accounts. Of course, you can absolutely set these accounts up for yourself as a freelancer, you just have to have the motivation (and knowledge) to get started.
For a lot of self-employed individuals and freelancers, the cost of insurance can feel like a lot, especially since it’s coming directly out of your own pocket. Of course, the cost of not having insurance can be equally as high (if not significantly more). Insurance, whether home, auto, or health, ensures that you’re protected, especially in the case of emergencies and unforeseen disasters.