The Costs of Telecommuting

While you can save a lot from working at the comfort of your own home, before you totally grab that arrangement, be sure that you have already considered not only its savings, but its cost as well.

As you were offered to work from home, you’ll probably want to immediately grab that opportunity as you were curious about how much you can save from telecommuting. However, here’s a thing – before you consider working from home, be sure that you are quite aware with the costs that also come along with this kind of arrangement:

Internet Connection

Obviously, if you will be working from home, you need to have a strong and reliable internet connection at home as your employer expects you to be able to immediately review and respond to emails. Also, you have to connect with your company’s office system and be online at all times during working hours. Expect to spend at least P1,500.00 to P2,500.00 a month for internet depending on your choice of plan and internet provider.

Communication

While some employers usually communicate through emails and chat, some still prefer communicating through phone, either mobile phone or landline. Whatever it is, it will cost you around P1,000.00 a month for a good mobile phone plan or a landline plan.

Electricity

Of course since you are working from the own comfort of your home, electricity consumed by your laptop, electric fan or air conditioning unit, wifi, printers and the likes will be definitely at your expense. Expect an increase in your electricity bill at around 10 to 20 percent when you go telecommuting.

Office furniture, equipment and supplies

Since you have to be comfortable while working anywhere, you also need to have a good office table, comfortable chair and other office equipment and supply so can be indeed productive at work.

Missed opportunities

More often, the overlooked cost of telecommuting is missing out on personal interaction and good opportunities that may come out for those who are physically present at the office. Nevertheless, this can still be counterbalanced by keeping a good communication line open with your colleagues.

In every choice we make, there would always be pros and cons, so when you were given the opportunity to choose, assess your situation first and examine every detail as well. Remember that it is not only the monetary savings that should be put in mind. There are also some considerations that you can’t put a price on.

Aizelle Joe

Philippines

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