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Everybody is talking about the remote jobs UK vision for the future, where everyone that can work from home, but is remote working really as good as it sounds?
In the United Kingdom at the moment over 14 million people do work remotely jobs or businesses. That is a massive investment in the home based industry and since the pandemic in 2020 it is only going getting bigger. Some work part-time, others full time, some are self employed and other work for the man. This new world order of flexible and remote working seems to be here to stay. However, what is the reality and can I be apart of it?
A question I have been asking many of my friends is how challenging has this pandemic been on their lives? It has been hard on all of us and even harder on others where their work demands that they leave the home. Most tell me of the struggles and how family life and personal relationships have suffered under the strain of sitting around all day and the reduction of money for even basic things.
Fortunately, for my wife and I, we have been working from home for over 20 years in the UK and even in Spain and Europe. The desire to live in Spain was the impudence that gave us the idea that working from home was going to be our best mode of income. It simply ticks all the boxes for me and my wife and in the passed allowed us to live and work where the thought took us.
While writing this page I reflected on our lifestyle and from our point of view how lucky we have been. I don't mean in regards to the pandemic, but simply the freedom we have had already. We still need to get up in the morning and start work, because working from home doesn't change our responsibilities. I like to get up about an hour before my wife so I can make coffee and breakfast and then ease myself into the day. My wife on the other hand is not a morning person and so needs a coffee before doing anything. We have found that regardless if we are working in Spain, the UK or anywhere else in Europe we have our personal working areas and timetables.
Why am I telling you all this?
Working in the UK or Europe remotely means doing the same thing that you may have been doing in your office job. There is still all the responsibilities and stresses of a normal job, but you are in a home environment. However, for us it has allowed us to travel and work where ever there is a fast enough internet connection. The pandemic simply made us realise how lucky we were, while friends and family went into a melt down. However, even though my wife and I weathered the storm very well, suggesting to family and friends that they could try working or running a business online and at home was rebutted.
Why are jobs working from home on computer not for everyone?
We do get it!
We have been doing home working for many years and understand the risks. Family and friends have not and have seen us as slightly mad for living and working out of a laptop. Unfortunately, we are all at a societal bypass where the decisions we make today will determine our future. In my opinion, even if one of the family works remotely, they will be able to bring in some extra money. This may be enough to save the family from financial meld down and give a sense of hope for everyone involved.https://anchor.fm/whoisstevejackson/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whoisstevejackson/support