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Homeworkers have 'hundreds more productivity hours', thanks to no commute

Friday 19th May, 2017
Limited Company
Personal service company contractors and freelancers who work from home are at an advantage over their office-based nine-to-five-working counterparts as they do not need to waste any time, money or energy before they begin their working on their commute.

New research carried out by freelancer site PeoplePerHour looked at how much time the average full-time worker spends commuting, finding that nine per cent of people spend three hours or more each day getting to and from work, which equates to 720 hours over the course of a year, smallbusiness.co.uk reports.

This means that home-based contractors can essentially spend an extra 720 hours completing assignments or on spending time with their loved ones or on their hobbies and interests than office workers, meaning their productivity levels can be much higher.

Overall, 91 per cent of workers in the UK commute to work five days a week, with most travelling up to an hour each way. Over one-quarter (28 per cent) of survey respondents said their commute was around this length, meaning they spent approximately 240 hours - the equivalent of ten whole days - travelling to and from work in a single year.

Contractors and freelancers who work from home can spend this time focusing on their assignments instead. As they have the power to choose their own working hours, they can enjoy greater flexibility than their office-based counterparts by finishing for the day when everything is done. What's more, they'll be at home straight away, ready to relax and unwind without having to travel any distance.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PeoplePerHour, commented: "Most people are at their most productive when they are well-rested and relaxed. Remote working is the future of the office and the self-employed have taken the opportunity on board early on and embraced the tech advancements that make collaboration possible across continents and timezones."

PeoplePerHour found that almost half (44 per cent) of contractors and freelancers work from home, with Wales home to the biggest proportion of home-based self-employed workers, at 13 per cent.

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