Building a business case for a flexible work request

When I talk about flexibility I am not talking only about remote work or part time work.

I am talking about working in a way that suits your unique set of circumstances, this could be:

  1. working remotely

  2. working part time

  3. working compressed or extended hours

  4. staggering your start and finish times to suit your schedule

  5. job sharing; or

  6. school holiday leave.

How to land a remote job

You look at colleagues and friends working from home, commuting down the hallway and think, “how do I get myself a set up like that?” I get it, I really do. I have worked from home for over 4 years now.  Firstly as an employee and now as the boss lady heading up the Tracksuit Economy and the Remote Expert.

For me, it is fantastic and I love it.  It helps me juggle life administration and keep things ticking over with an active 7-year-old boy.  It also lets me live in regional New South Wales at a slower and more affordable pace. I am also an introvert, which is also an important ingredient in my view.

Are you suited to remote work?

But, before you make grand plans to repurpose your garage as an office, you need to work out if you are suited to remote working. I have worked with people in the past who have tried remote working but after a stint of remote working prefer the collaborative energy of an office.  For them a mix of work from home days and office days could be ideal.  The beauty of remote work is the flexibility and being able to structure it to suit you.

Identifying your work flexibility blocks

Welcome to my 5 part Tracksuit Economy blog series designed to help you assess ways in which you can work more flexibly and begin to live and work rather than work and live in between all the running about.

 

Over the next 5 blog instalments in this series, I will help you to:

1.     identify your flexibility blocks and consider the biggest culprits standing between you and flexibility;

2.     examine the ways you are already productive and consider ways you can be more productive;

3.     identify the things you would like to do more of (if only you had the time!);

4.     Dream up 3 things that would make your day-to-day life better and how to add them into your daily routine; and

5.     build a business case (or a plan in the event you are self employed)