Perks of Working Remotely as an Expat

Almost four years ago I made the big switch. I can’t believe it’s been that long since I started working from home, co-working spaces, coffee shops and friends’ kitchen tables. While I do miss office culture sometimes, the long and short term perks far outweigh the desire to live cube life again for now. I make a living, make my own hours and am able to live in a foreign city in part to my remote career choices. Plus, there’s lot of other great things about working from home you can consider, if you ever want to make the leap!

window in battersea london eileen cotter wright

Change up your routine

When I did work in corporate, I loved the work from home days. I would often drive to different towns then and find quiet spots to write all my content.  It gave me a sense of freedom that was appreciated to get away from the office once in a while.

wework mug and boston office eileen cotter wright

Later on I had an office at WeWork in Boston, provided by one of my freelance clients. That was awesome too. I had my own space to work when I needed total quiet or had to host a meeting, but there was no obligation to go there every day. It was nice to have a base, be among other creatives, but still have the option to work at home in my pajamas too sometimes. I’ve visited a bunch of the WeWork offices in London too and hope to have a space there someday soon.

Off-Peak Exploring

southbank and the shard london eileen cotter wright

For me as a night owl, it’s nice to have the chance to stay up late answering e-mails when I like to and be able to sleep in a bit afterwards. If I want to explore London while meeting friends or sightseeing, I can leave midday and not have to miss museums closing at night or the crush of packed subways in the morning. I can save money by seeing matinee shows in the West End, or try out lunch specials are new fancy restaurants. Routine is a good thing, but it’s nice to be spontaneous and beat the crowds.

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Stay away from that commute

One of the best parts of working in flexible environments is that I get to avoid commuting!

I know so many people that lose hours of their days stuck on the subway or in traffic. Some have best the best of their commute by biking or running and that’s wonderful.  My husband and I chose a flat only a 10-minute walk from his office which has been incredible – SO much free time has come of it!

clapham tube station eileen cotter wright

If I haven’t convinced you yet to look into working remotely sometimes, commuting at off-peak times or avoiding the tube during rush hour, here’s a handy infographic from GoToMeeting that explains when London’s transport is busiest.


Citrix tube delays - Infographic

Find out more about GoToMeetings tips for helping remote workers all over the world by checking out their blog.

Author: EileenCotterWright

Eileen Cotter Wright is a Boston, MA expat living in London, UK. She is a freelance writer and owner of group travel site PureWander.com. Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for about a decade. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Twitter @Crooked_Flight.

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