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Working from home – the workplace of the future?

Digitalisation has fundamentally changed the world of work. Many processes have changed over the years and the way we communicate and do our daily work has changed. Almost every day, employees have to familiarize themselves with new digital tools that simplify their work and make their daily work more interesting. The digital tools allow us to participate in videoconferences with people from all over the world from our workplace and all digital information can be shared without any loss of time. Cooperation with international working groups has never been easier. Due to digitalisation, the location of the physical workplace is no longer important, everyone can work from home or perform their tasks from any location.

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Digitalisation creates new workplace models

Digitalisation has a decisive advantage: the employees’ workplace becomes location-independent. Business partners or employees can perform their duties from almost anywhere on earth, as long as the technical requirements are met.

In fact, a normal laptop and a permanent Wifi connection are enough to do most of the work in an office, regardless of location. The advantages for employers are obvious. Cost-intensive jobs no longer have to be made available. The capital expenditure to buy or rent office buildings, the energy costs and the conditioning of the working environment can be reduced by working from home. The cost savings can give companies an important advantage in the global market. In search of the optimisation of yields, the working model “working from home” is becoming more and more interesting for many companies.

However, the digitalisation and spread of the internet has also revolutionised the labour market. Many new fields of activity have emerged for which there is a great demand. The work can be done by freelancers who have the necessary knowledge.

Advantages for employees

Working from home – the advantages for employees

While the benefits of the new work model for employers are more financial, there are a number of other benefits for employees.

In a home office, it is more pleasant to work and there is no need to travel to the workplace every day. In metropolitan areas, the journey to the employer can be a stress factor and not only costs the employee a lot of time but is also associated with costs. Travel costs can be a significant cost factor depending on the location.

Working from home enables the employee to make his workplace as pleasant as possible. Work can begin in casual clothes with the first coffee in your hand, without hectic and stress. Tasks can be performed that were previously not possible due to lack of time. Most jobs also allow a flexible working day, from which the social environment can benefit. There is more free time for the partner or the children. Being available all day for the family is one of the most important advantages for “working from home”.

Of course, there are also some disadvantages with this working model. Many workers find it difficult to concentrate on work when the pressure from the work environment is lacking. The vacuum cleaner, the postman or the noisy environment can become a problem for many. The dangers of social media, television or many other distractions that exist in the home environment can also become a problem. But with a little discipline, these disruptive factors can be eliminated. Like many things in life, self-discipline can also be learned.

Opportunities for new work models

Working from home – the opportunities of the work model

Since the technical prerequisites for working outside the open-plan offices have existed, a completely new occupational profile has emerged. The “freelancer” uses the possibilities of digitisation and offers his service from his home office.

Employees cause a large cost factor in companies. The higher the employee’s specialisation, the higher the costs. The decision to hire new employees must be analysed very carefully. The employer must provide the employee with a job, pay social security contributions, pay taxes and pay him accordingly. Many companies cannot afford to hire or train specialists for specific tasks.

More and more companies therefore prefer to employ freelancers for certain tasks. They can be set on an hourly or project basis. This gives companies access to specialists they could never hire for cost reasons. The costs are manageable and in any case cheaper than having employees trained for these tasks or hiring other companies to carry out the work.

Freelancers offer their expertise from the home office and can offer companies professional services at a lower price.

Working from home: freelancer

Can anyone become a freelancer?

Anyone who can offer digital services can also earn money with them. They can be light tasks, such as data entry, to highly specialised programming tasks. There is a market for all services, but payment increases with the degree of specialisation. There is an intelligent and cost-effective solution for the costs of the required computers. oneclick offers digital workspaces that can be used on all computers and mobile devices at a fraction of the cost of new high-performance computers.

But working from home makes the most sense if you can offer a service that you also enjoy. You want to leave the dreary work stress behind you and do a job with which you can really identify. If you then find the appropriate market niche, you can also earn enough money as a freelancer to feed a family.

What is needed for home office?

What is needed to work from home?

In principle, you can already offer your services with a computer and a trustworthy internet connection. In order to work professionally, however, the home office should be able to offer a cosy ambience in which you can also spend an entire working day pleasantly.

The equipment depends, of course, on the services you wish to offer. Depending on the degree of specialisation, higher demands are placed on the technical equipment. You can decide for yourself what you need for a start as a freelancer.

A completed area can be a great advantage, as it allows you to clearly separate work from leisure. It can also be advantageous for concentration if other people are in the apartment or house. For starters, you should start with the bare essentials. If you are successful, you can improve your office equipment.

New work models - conclusion

Conclusion

Working from home is a working concept that will become increasingly important in the future. The journey to work wastes important resources that can be better used in the future. Personnel costs and the associated investments will play an increasingly important role in the search for cost optimisations. Workers can benefit from working from home, as costs are saved and more free time is available. Every job that can also be done from the home office will be checked for new options in the near future.

The flexible workspace solution from oneclick!

Especially at the beginning, freelancers have to pay attention to their capital until the business runs smoothly and the earnings are secure. oneclick offers virtual workspaces that guarantee the speeds of modern computers even on slow devices. The big advantage for freelancers is the flexibility of the platform. The workspaces can be used on any mobile device, anywhere and at any time. They can react immediately to new orders from customers and work on them anytime and anywhere.

oneclick offers you the flexibility that customers so appreciate about freelancers!

 

 

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