Eight Advantages for Introverts Who Work from Home

Is it a good fit for you?

Diona L. Reeves

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It’s tough being an introvert in a world that seems to reward extroversion, especially in the workplace. But things are getting better, thanks in part to the recent increase in work-from-home opportunities.

Not sure if working from home is ideal for you? Here are eight advantages all introverts should consider.

1. Increased opportunities to work independently.
Working from home lets introverts create a more independent work environment, which can lead to greater overall productivity.

2. Fewer distractions and interruptions.
In an office setting, it can be easy for introverts to get pulled into side conversations that are distracting and disruptive to their workflow. Worse, when you are pulled away from a task, it may take substantial time to get back to where you were before the interruption. Working from home helps you to avoid these distractions and create a quiet space to work in.

3. More control over your social environment.
More control over your social environment. For introverts who are sensitive to too much stimulation, working from home provides more control over the social environment. You can choose to work in solitude or take breaks if you need to step away for a few minutes. This is quite the contrast to the hustle and bustle — and expected socialization — of a traditional office.

4. Greater flexibility and freedom.
Telecommuting often provides greater flexibility and freedom in scheduling, work hours, and breaks. This can be a major benefit for introverts who appreciate having some control over their work-life balance. Plus, it means you can take breaks as needed to help you avoid feeling overwhelmed or burned out. Just be sure you don’t have a meeting or other commitment scheduled! (And consider setting an alarm if you’re worried about getting back to your desk within a reasonable time.)

5. Increased career opportunities.
For introverts who live in the city, this particular bullet point doesn’t apply. (But more power to you for surviving the hustle and bustle of this lifestyle!) But for those introverts who live in remote areas…

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Diona L. Reeves

Author of The Prescott Diaries. Writes articles on productivity, the writing process, and this thing called life.