The Nigerian workplace is undergoing a forceful set of changes. Only half a decade ago employees worked to climb the corporate ladder, and would remain loyal to a single company for years not to mention even decades. Nowadays, it’s not unusual for people to change jobs every few years.

To make things worse more and more people are starting to work for themselves.

Nigerian creative freelancers, entrepreneurs and contract workers tend to give up the security that comes with a regular salary in favour of freedom from the conventional workplace.

Since 2010 the international rise of the freelance economy can ascribe to various things, from increased online connectivity to the fact that employees are dissatisfied with their working environment. This asserts the fact that people can now offer their services from anywhere in the world without having to lock themselves to a desk in a formal office setting.

This trend has surfaced in Nigeria as well. Statista from  an SME Index stated in a report that 10% of the labour force was self-employed. Ten years later, the NIgerian corporate affairs indicated that the amount of self-employed workers had risen by 19.4% with each year.

“Freelance Work’ from home: the pros and cons

In Nigeria working from home can come with major benefits. The most popular include being able to avoid losing time travelling or being stuck in traffic, not having to dress formally everyday and not feeling like you’re constantly being watched. Nigerian freelancers can work in any way and whenever suits them best. Nigerian freelancers can also work more productively by evading usual office distractions.

With that being said however working from home can also impact your work ethic negatively:

  • Most Nigerians get into the habit of working in their PJs or something similar, thus making them to start to feel unprofessional.
  • Due to a lack of structure to any work day it can become difficult to ascertain when work ends and when relaxation begins.
  • In Nigeria along with self-employment comes the loss of employee benefits, including annual bonuses, travel allowances, sick leave, holidays, overtime pay and company medical aid.
  • Most Nigerian freelancers tend to live with their parents this causes distraction at home can disrupt your work or make you seem unprofessional. For example, your children or dogs might make a noise while you’re talking to a client over Skype.
  • Nigerian freelancers start feeling very isolated working from home without much human contact.
  • Multinational clients are sometimes unimpressed by addresses that aren’t in recognised business locations.
  • In the same vein in Nigeria clients may have less faith in your business when you meet them in your living room or coffee shops.

Office space for freelancers

For Nigerian freelancers  it’s possible to rise above most of the disadvantages of self-employment by making use of co-working office spaces like Workspace office solutions offered by SkillPatron. Additionally, giving yourself the edge means having your own office space in a serviced area where other freelancers and small businesses have their offices, too –  this also grants you access to numerous resources such as high-speed Internet, video conferencing, virtual office services, and boardroom and meeting rooms.

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