How To Run A Business Without Being At The Office

Written by Chloe Harwood

The days of spending all of your working time at the office are over, especially if you are a business owner or CEO of a company. Before, business owners or CEOs would spend pretty much the whole day at the office – and of course would put in overtime – to ensure that the company is running just like it should and that any discrepancies or work related obstacles are dealt with efficiently and completely. Working such long hours based in an office, though, can be detrimental to various aspects of life including personal relationships, your mental health, your social life and even your physical health.

With the rise of the internet, though, people began to realise that there may not be a need for them to work from the office at all times – allowing those people to have some time to themselves and to be able to work from home. This has revolutionized the working lives of many people; they can still stay connected to work while at home or out and about, and they may find that a lot of stress has been relieved as they do not have to travel to work every day, do not have to sit in the office all day and may even work better from home without the pressure of a busy working environment surrounding them.

Working from home – or elsewhere – can be especially beneficial for people who are at the top of the chain. When employees answer to you, you may find that your working day just seems about handling complaints, rectifying mistakes or even completing jobs that have been neglected. No business owner should have to feel like they are picking up the pieces from an employee’s mistakes, so if they perhaps remove themselves from being in the office a lot, they will no longer have to do this and can advocate those type of roles to managers or supervisors – as it should be.

Working from home can mean you may have a more clear picture of how your business should run. You will sort of be acting as an overarching presence in the business, but will not be with employees. This can mean employees will know you have access to their emails, deadline targets, and you may also be able to keep a close eye on your finances and put more thought into programmes you use, such as wondering about how does FinTech work with your business, whether you’re using the right social media software for the business and whether or not you need to keep paying for writing documents (such as Microsoft Word) and if it will be cheaper to use Google Docs.

When working from home, though, it does not mean that you should become lackadaisical. If anything, you should relish this opportunity to allow yourself to cast a more keen eye on your business and how it is developing. You never know, it may be so beneficial to you that you my even allow some employees to work from home.

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Chloe Harwood