Pros And Cons Of Seeking A Remote Contract Through A Staffing Agency

20 November 2017
 Categories: Business, Blog

If you're a client of a staffing agency and are specifying the type of contract offers that you'd like to receive, consider remote contracts. Sometimes called "off-site" contracts, these are positions that don't require you to work at the employer's location — this means that you can work at home. Staffing agencies often have this type of contract work available, and you may wish to explore a short-duration remote contract and see if it's right for you. Here are some pros and cons to consider:

Pro: Potential To Earn More

Even though you'll often find that remote contracts pay a little less money than those that require you to work in an office, you may end up with more money in your pocket at the end of the workweek. Not having to commute to and from work can present considerable cost savings. For example, you won't have to pay for gas to fill your vehicle, pay for toll roads, and even pay for parking at work. Together, these expenses can add up — if it costs you about $7.50 in gas to get to and from the work location, $2.50 in toll route fees and $10 to work, you're losing $20 a day, for example. At home, you won't have to endure these expenses.

Con: You Might Seem Anonymous

Many people who do contract work hope to have their contract extended multiple times, or perhaps get future employment at the same company. When you work remotely, it can be difficult for you to build a solid rapport with the manager. Even if he or she may like your work, you may not stand out because you've never met him or her, or perhaps only met once or twice.

Pro: Comfort Of A Familiar Environment

Working at home can be more comfortable for a lot of people. There's the simple comfort of being able to wear what you want. If you're on the computer for hours at a time, athletic attire is much more comfortable than a suit, for example. Additionally, not everyone works well in an office environment. Some people need a high level of quiet when they're concentrating, which may not be possible if you're in a cubicle surrounded by other occupied cubicles. For many people, their home is quiet during the day, which makes for a perfect work environment.

Con: There's A Lack Of Collaboration

Working at home on a remote contract is ideal if you're taking care of a solo project, but if you have something that requires collaboration, it can be difficult. You may find that you're constantly making phone calls and engaging in video conferences to collaborate with others in other locations. This can be more challenging than all being together. Additionally, in-person collaboration can be energizing. When you work remotely, you may miss this.

Contact a company like Vitalis Consulting LLC for more information and assistance.