How to make the most of home office
How to stop surviving and start thriving in your new home office lifestyle
A poll found that three out of five people in Germany are happy working from home. But even after a few years of practice, many people are still adjusting to the change. So how can people save money, protect their free time and progress in their careers all while working remotely?
Learn to work differently
Let’s not be naive: work is political. That’s why, if you want to get ahead in a world of hybrid remote working, you need to work out how to show your value and rise above your competition.
Pick your days in the office carefully. Think about when you can show your value, either by contributing to important weekly meetings in person or making sure that you’re there on the same days as your boss.
Get to grips with technology and work out what skills will get you noticed and promoted. People skills are still important, but upping your ability to manage both colleagues and workflow with digital tools will help you stand out.
Employees can now use working from home as a way to save. Each day that you spend working exclusively from home means you can deduct 5 euros from your yearly tax return, up to a total of 600 euros per calendar year.
That’s not the only way that remote working can help slash your tax bill. If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated home office. But you can’t get away with declaring your spare bedroom as an office. There are specific requirements for your home office to qualify:
- It needs to be a separate room in your home
- It can only contain work related equipment
- Your home office has to leave enough space for all other residents in your home
- The time used in this space must be 90% work related.
You also can deduct the associated rental fee, energy, water, cleaning, furnishing and insurance costs of your home office from your taxes.
Home work: it’s personal
Without the trip to and from the office it can be difficult to know when the working day starts and ends. That’s why it’s vital to make a clear boundary between work and personal time.
If you don’t have plans for your after-work hours, you could easily end up working longer than needed, which leads to burnout. Whether it’s a walk to signify the end of the day, taking a class or meeting with friends, make sure you’re making the most of your free time. Choose a time to leave your computer and stick to it.
Remote working also brings greater freedom. If you are lucky enough to have a profession that you can do from anywhere in the world, use this flexibility to travel. Whether it’s a bit of winter sun or taking the time to visit friends and family, not being pinned down to an office location comes with a wealth of opportunities. Don’t forget to make the most of them!