If you combine the increasing demand for web developers or programmers with the advantages of a home based or remote job, you have the perfect combination. Over the past few years, many employers have recognised the benefits of allowing their staff to work from home. Likewise, many entrepreneurs have realised that a home based business has distinct advantages over commuting and paying rent for an office space.

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Web developers and web programmers are well-suited to this type of working arrangement. There are however, some challenges that might need to be overcome for both a home based web developer and a home based programmer in the Philippines.  Let’s take a look at both the advantages and the challenges, so you can make an informed decision.

Advantages of being a homebased web developer or a remote programmer

  1. Flexible hours: Whilst you still need to work hours that are compatible with your clients, a remote web developer or programmer can work their own hours.
  2. Increased productivity: Working at home means fewer distractions, so you can work for as long as you like to finish a project, taking breaks when it suits you, not anyone else.
  3. Better lifestyle balance: With no commuting and being able to set your own hours, a home based programmer or web developer in the Philippines can achieve a much better balance between work and leisure time.

Challenges of being a home based web developer or a home based programmer

  1. Lack of discipline: With no-one looking over your shoulder, you need to keep to schedules and deadlines. Your best strategy is to set daily and weekly goals, as this helps to complete your work in good time. It’s too easy to slack off thinking that you have all the time in the world to complete a project, because this can lead to missed deadlines and irate clients. Schedules and goals keep your productivity high and your clients happy.
  2. Too many distractions: It takes discipline to ignore or eliminate distractions in your working day (kids, pets, family, and so on), but often these distractions are a lot less than in an office! Ignoring small distractions comes naturally to some people, but it’s a challenge that some remote web developers and programmers struggle with when they work at home.
  3. Feeling of isolation: As a remote web developer or programmer you might feel lonely and isolated working at home. Whilst it’s important to maintain your social life outside of work hours, it’s also important to be disciplined, as mentioned above. Running a home based business isn’t for everyone, but it definitely has its advantages!
  4. Feeling burnt out: A home based programmer or web developer can become so involved in their work that they just keep working. This can eventually lead to feeling burnt out and over worked, so it’s important to maintain a social life and take breaks during your working day.

For more information on becoming a remote web developer or programmer, contact Outsourced today.