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Now that health experts say it’s safe to start returning to normal everyday activities, many business owners find themselves faced with a dilemma: Do they continue operating a remote office the way they have done for the past year and a half, or do they return to in-person operations as they were before the pandemic.

Or maybe they never had an in-person office to begin with. Some entrepreneurs actually started their business in the middle of the pandemic, and they now find themselves trying to decide whether they want to try finding office space.

Regardless of your specific situation, there are pros and cons to running a remote office. Some aspects are more stressful for employers, while other aspects of it are more stressful for employees. Here’s what you should consider when you’re thinking about a remote office.

Pros of remote working

Employees have more flexibility.

Work-life balance has always been a problem for modern professionals, but remote work makes it easier to set hours that are more convenient for the employee, especially if they have a schedule that changes day to day or week to week. After all, 9 AM to 5 PM isn’t always practical. Plus employees save time that they would usually spend having to commute — and on days when they don’t have appointments, they don’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning themselves up to impress anyone.

Employees tend to have a better experience working.

The flexibility translates into happier employees. They tend to be better rested and less stressed out. They also are able to focus on getting their work done, instead of finding themselves distracted by loud music from the next cubicle over or a chatty coworker who stops by their desk to talk endlessly. Remote employees can sit down at their desks when it’s convenient, get their work done, and then go back to their personal life.

You don’t have to deal with office rent and other infrastructure costs.

Let’s face it — rent is expensive. In fact, after paying the salaries of your employees, rent is probably the greatest cost you face as a business owner. By running a remote office, you end up saving yourself thousands of dollars not only in rent but also in infrastructure costs like parking, utilities, and maintenance.