By Carolanne M. Chavanne, CFP
With companies opting to conduct business remotely in light of COVID-19, it turns out that remote work has its advantages. More than half of employees would prefer to continue working remotely, even after the pandemic is over.1
Yet, what is there to be gained by a remote work schedule other than comfort? Are there any actual financial advantages? The answer is a resounding yes - and these are just five of the ways in which remote work may actually give you more financial freedom.
Benefit #1: Less Work Expenses
You probably don’t realize how much money you tend to spend when working away from home. Just cutting your commute can save you thousands of dollars each year on gas, or more depending on how far you travel.2
You’ll also spend less money eating out or buying coffee, which quickly adds up when you do it most days a week. For example, say you buy a $4.00 cup of coffee just three days a week. In a year, that could add up to over $600.
You can save, too, on some unforeseen expenses: clothing and dry cleaning, for example.
Benefit #2: Tax Deductions
Many traditional employees will not be able to take advantage of home office tax deductions. However, those that fit the qualifications can. These individuals need to prove:
- Regular and exclusive use of a portion of your home for business
- Your home must be the principal location where you conduct business
The home office deduction caters best to any self-employed individuals, small business owners and independent contractors. If you don’t fit in these categories, you may qualify for a deduction from your state income tax instead.
Benefit #3: Flexible Hours
Working from home, even if you’re working as an employee for another company, often gives you more flexibility to “be your own boss.” 57 percent of employers are offering employees who work at home more flexibility in work hours.3
If you’re working an hourly wage, this means you can get more of a say about when you work and how much you’re making. If you choose to work less, that means you have more time open to earn money in other ways, such as through freelance work.
Benefit #4: Time for Other Business Ventures
Working remotely, as mentioned above, typically provides you with more flexibility. You can earn some extra cash - without sacrificing too much time - by exploring other earning methods.
Consider starting your own small business venture on the side or offering freelance services, both of which you can design according to your new schedule. Making the most of this extra time you’re given can be the key to becoming a higher earner.
Benefit #5: Possibly Cheaper Insurance
Some car insurance companies will cheapen your insurance if your commute has changed. If you typically commute regularly, call your insurance company, let them know your commute has changed, and they may offer you a discount on your current insurance plan.
Many workers favor remote work for the flexibility and capability to carve their own schedule. If you’re considering keeping your work remote, these 5 financial advantages are compelling reasons to do so.
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