Work From Home and Avoid Commuting Hassle

There are many reasons for setting up an office at home

Millions of Britons spend about a year of their lives (10,634 hours on average) getting to and from the office. In 2014, commuters in the UK used on average 54 minutes to get to work and some 1.8 million Britons needed three hours and more.

Meanwhile statistics show that personal happiness and the sense that one's activities are worthwhile decrease with every additional minute of commuting time. The stress caused by delayed trains, traffic jams, unpredictable weather, boredom and isolation leads to lower life satisfaction and anxiety. In this situation working from home could be a good solution! 

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), people travelling to work by bus or coach longer than 30 minutes had lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, and experienced lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety. It can be hard to balance work life with the time with your family, when you drive from home early and come home late tired. When you work from home you can decrease the time you are commuting, and have more free time!

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Mental and physical benefits of working from home

According to Professor Jenny Roberts from the University of Sheffield, women in particular are negatively affected by commuting despite the fact that in general they commute less and work shorter hours.

"Women tend to make more interim stops on their journey, via the nursery or the school or the shops, so they have less flexibility and do more multiple activities. This adds stress to commuting," explained Roberts in Journal of Health Economics.

Long commutes adversely impact both physical and mental health. Working from home, on the other hand, allows people to use the saved travel time on physical exercise and gives them the flexibility to make other healthy lifestyle choices.

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Work at home and save big on transport costs

Besides the negative effects on people's general well-being, travelling to work is one of the biggest costs of modern living. reports that British motorists travel an average of 16.7 miles a day to get to work.

With fuel costing up to 50p per mile, drivers may end up paying over £3,000 a year on commuting costs. Commuters travelling to a major city for work may spend on average £50,000 over a working lifetime, without taking inflation into consideration. This means if you worked from home you could save alot of money every day.

No wonder that Britons are getting increasingly fed up with having to waste their hard earned salaries on commuting expenses and rather choose to work from home. According to the ONS, there were 4.2 million UK home workers in the first three months of 2014, amounting to 13.9% of the workforce. Most of them self-employed.

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