While it’s still too early to make accurate predictions on how working-from-home will change our lives, we can start to speculate on what this means for the job market.
If you’re fortunate to be in an industry where working from home is viable, then there’s a good chance you could move jobs without having to move house.
To help you prepare for this possibility, here are some factors you might want to consider.
Location, location, location
If your physical presence is no longer needed, or needed less often, then the world truly is your oyster.
Working from the beach in Bali might sound appealing, but simply moving to a less congested suburb or town could improve your quality of living immeasurably.
This could mean that a house with an extra room or an outside cottage could be very desirable when house-buying, and a fast, fibre internet connection will be non-negotiable.
The ability to work across borders because you’re working remotely will sudden broaden your opportunities.
What this means is that you could just as easily work across international borders as you can provincial ones.
If you choose to explore this route, be sure to check with a tax advisor. Working across borders can be tricky if your home country and host country both want to levy taxes on your income.
The gig economy concept has been with us for some time already, but it might kick up a gear if remote working takes off.
In a new normal, working remotely and part-time for more than one company, and possibly even in more than industry, is a real possibility. By the same token, you might find a way to make your side hustle more of a real hustle.
Never stop learning
Of course, this also means that job seekers from other parts of the country will be able to find work in your home town just as easily as you find it to work remotely.
That means the market could become very competitive. You’ll therefore have to be, and remain, at the top of your game. Fortunately, remote learning is as easy as remote working, so you can constantly improve your skills and qualifications.