Working locally vs the London commute

By Joanne Vickers

I’m lucky enough to work in a great studio near to my home, but it hasn’t always been that way. My previous role meant commuting every day from Southampton to London.

Working locally has made me realise there’s many benefits compared commuting to London:

Reduced commuting time and costs: One of the most apparent benefits is the significant reduction in commuting time and associated expenses. By working locally, you can avoid long and often stressful commutes, which can save you time, money spent on transportation, and the physical and mental fatigue associated with long journeys.

Improved work-life balance: Working locally allows for a better work-life balance. With a shorter commute, you have more time available for personal activities, hobbies, family, and relaxation. This can contribute to reduced stress levels and a higher overall quality of life.

Stronger local community connections: Working locally often means being more involved in the local community. You have more opportunities to engage with local businesses, support local initiatives, and develop relationships with neighbours and community members. This sense of connection can foster a greater sense of belonging and well-being.

Greater flexibility and control: Local jobs often provide more flexibility in terms of work schedules and arrangements. Depending on the nature of the job and the employer’s policies, you may have more control over your working hours, which can enable a better work-life integration.

Lower cost of living: Living and working locally can potentially lead to a lower cost of living compared to working in a major city like London. Housing costs, transportation expenses, and other daily expenses may be more affordable in local areas, allowing you to allocate your resources differently or save money.

Reduced stress and improved well-being: Commuting, especially in crowded and busy cities like London, can be stressful and draining. By working locally, you can minimize the daily stress associated with long commutes, which can positively impact your overall well-being and mental health.

Opportunities for local career growth: Working locally doesn’t necessarily mean limited career opportunities. Many local areas have thriving industries and businesses that offer ample growth and development prospects. You may find fulfilling and rewarding career paths without the need to commute to larger cities.

It’s important to note that the benefits of working locally versus commuting to London can vary depending on individual preferences, job opportunities in the local area, and personal circumstances. Ultimately, the right choice depends on factors such as the nature of the job, career goals, lifestyle preferences, and the available opportunities in your local area.