Remote Working as a Freelancer

22nd October 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorised

Remote working as a freelancer

With an estimated 4.3 million remote workers in the UK last year, the practice of remote working is certainly on the rise. Given that 3.7 million British workers have a commute time of more than 2 hours, it’s understandable why you might want to work from home if you haven’t already been given the opportunity to.

Sage Remote Working and Virtual Teams

Being a freelancer, you’ll already be aware of the benefits of moving away from the traditional office environment. Enjoying a better work-life balance, having more flexibility to choose how you spend your working day, as well as the ability to work wherever you want, all contribute to increased productivity levels and job satisfaction.

However, working remotely has a host of its own challenges. For example, while instant messaging is a great way to keep virtual teams in the loop, working non-traditional hours can put intense pressure on being available at all times.

If you’re working in another time zone, be sure to make your company aware of the hours you intend to work so that you’re not regularly being contacted or scheduled into video conferences outwith your working hours. In fact, some countries even give employees the ‘right to switch off’, meaning colleagues have to be made aware of the times that a remote worker is ‘on’ and ‘off’ the clock.

Being offered remote working by your employer or asking for more flexibility also has a range of legal implications which are important to be mindful of. If you’ve worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks, you have the legal right to ask in the form of a letter detailing the date you intend to start working remotely and a business case for why you should be given permission to do so.

As a virtual employee in the UK, you have the same rights as office-based employees. Along with sickness days, maternity and holiday pay, your employer is responsible for supplying you with adequate work equipment as well as encouraging screen and lunch breaks.

To find out more about the benefits and legal implications of being a remote worker, have a read through this handy article written by Sage.