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Since I turned 16, I have always had a job. Whether it’s full-time or part-time, I have always worked. Life changed, though, when I gave birth to Little J – as you can imagine.
It took my husband and me nearly three years to conceive him, and the last thing that I wanted to do was go to work and be away from him all day. I wanted to spend as much time as possible with this little human that I had created. I didn’t want to miss out on all of those special moments, so I gave up work to be with him.
But would I have returned to work if I had the option of flexible working? Well, perhaps yes.
What is Flexible Working?
It’s difficult to fully define what flexible working actually is as there are so many options. But essentially, it is doing anything other than the standard 9-5 in an office (“working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living” – you’re welcome).
It’s where you have the flexibility (😬🙄) to choose when and where you work. It’s a way of working that suits your needs. Examples include:
- Job sharing
- Working from home
- Staggered hours
What are the benefits?
Being able to choose your own hours and where you work means you’re likely to be more productive.
For example, anyone who knows me personally knows that I am not a morning person. Urgh, morning people make me sick. Anyway, because it takes my brain a while to fire up in the morning, I prefer to do my Blogging in the afternoon, which works out perfectly as that’s when Little J takes his nap. Win-win.
Then in the evenings, I’m able to work away to my heart’s content, and at weekends when Daz is home, I can even pop out for a few hours if I want to. The only limit I have is Wi-Fi. And how creative my mind is that day.
But flexible working is not just about productivity. It will give you a better work/life balance and increase morale and job satisfaction, which means that employees are more likely to remain dedicated to the company.
And it’s not just great for my fellow morning haters. It’s excellent for that worker who lives miles from the office and has to fight through rush hour traffic. Rather than starting the day stressed from travel, they’ll be calm and ready to log on, probably earlier than if they had gone into the office.
And what about the people who have dependents, such as elderly parents? Having the option to work from home means that they can continue with their career and also be able to give their dependents the care that they need.
And probably the one that I can relate to most is how brilliant it can be for us mums. As much as we want to stay at home and play with our babies and share all those beautiful moments, we still want to use our brains. And with the option of flexible working, we can have the opportunity to do both.
Does Flexible Working actually work though?
If you’re sitting there thinking, ‘well, that’s great for parents and whoever, but you can’t run a whole company like that’. Well, think again. Flexible working isn’t just for the mums and dads out there. There is a company called Font Bundles, and they’re proof that flexible working works.
Font Bundles was started by three friends (Alex France, Geoff Ballington and Andy Croft) on a shoestring budget with a range of skills and experience.
The company is still 100% owned by the co-founders and self-funded. The company now boasts 30 full-time employees and over 4000 designers selling their products on the craft and design marketplace, Design Bundles and the font marketplace, Font Bundles.
Font Bundles Ltd is a diverse and modern company who champion diversity and flexible working. The company started and scaled without any central office by making use of the team working application Slack.
Although the company is registered in the UK, all 30 of the company’s employees work remotely and are based in over 10 different countries around the world, including its co-founders, who meet up a few times a year to brainstorm and discuss growth plans.
In the last financial year, the company grossed over $10,000,000 USD in revenue, showing no signs of slowing down with the launch of several other brands and products.
Personally, I think that Flexible working is a brilliant way to work. I’m so glad that when I’m ready to take my blog to the next level, I’ll be able to work it around Little J. I’ll still be able to witness those special moments and carry on doing something that I enjoy too.
I believe that all companies should take a leaf out of Font Bundles’ book. Not only would they see increased productivity, but they’ll have happy employees too. And that is so important.