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November 5, 2018

Work from home? Use this advice to plan a move

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Make your move a success without disrupting your work-from-home career with this advice.

Working from home is an increasingly common option for today's workforce. A report from remote worker-focused employment website FlexJobs found 3.9 million Americans work from home at least 50 percent of the time, accounting for close to 3 percent of the U.S. workforce. Considering working from home was almost unheard of just a few decades ago, the growth of this option is impressive to say the least.

If you regularly or exclusively work from home and are considering a local or international move, there are some unique considerations to keep in mind. Let's review some of the most important components of a successful move for a remote employee.

A man talking on the phone while sitting at a home office desk.Working from home means making a few special considerations when planning a move.

Talk it out with your employer

Some businesses may have no problem with you moving across the state, or even the country, as long as you can continue to clock in at work on time and maintain professional standards. Other companies may require you to live in a certain area, whether it's due to business tax considerations tied to having an employee in another state or simply for occasional attendance at company functions.

It seems like a simple step, yet it's also an important one: Before you make any concrete moving plans, check in with your manager about any limitations or rules your employer may have related to moving. Understanding these limits helps avoid any unpleasant surprises once you're further along in the process of finding a new home and coordinating the move.

Are internet and phone service reliable in your new home?

Working from home covers a wide variety of industries and occupations, from master craftspeople in home workshops to digital marketing professionals and call center staff. Some remote workers spend just a little time on their computer or phone. However, almost all of them have to communicate with colleagues and managers, fill out forms and handle other necessary tasks that require a consistent internet and phone connection.

That's why it's so important to make sure a strong mobile phone signal and reliable internet service provider are both available. You may not constantly need them during your work day. But, when you do, you need them to be available on demand. As you look at homes, whether it's houses or apartments, use your phone to check signal strength in different rooms and talk to the realtor or leasing agent about internet options available at that address.

Finding a home office that works for you

Some people require a dedicated workspace in a room free of any other distractions to successfully work from home. Others do their best work on the couch in the living room. No matter your personal preference, you need to find a space that fits your needs. As you tour potential homes, consider how your work needs along with your regular living requirements will come into play. Don't be afraid to turn down a place that doesn't offer what you need - you'll be much better off in the long run.

No matter your role nor where you want to relocate, an easy, pain-free move is essential to keeping your career moving along smoothly. Get in touch with the expert movers and packers at Atlas to learn more!