I was doing this for two years while living in Australia and back in the UK worked two days from home a week.
Personally, I wouldn’t do it again unless it was a great opportunity, but that very much depends on the company and on you as an individual.
I spent the first three months working from home until I reached the point where something had to give, I missed the human interaction massively and it was making me depressed. I decided to try a co-working space, despite the fact that I was the one paying for it. I’m glad I did, it improved things massively.
I found having a place of work at home was a bit of a drag too. It’s always there. You don’t get to leave your work environment. It can make drawing boundaries harder and is something you have to force yourself to consider or you’ll end up doing too much / too little / never stop / never start.
It’s important the company are set up well for remote working. Are you the only one who’ll be remote? If so there’s a good chance you’ll be forgotten about, not intentionally but you will miss important info. If everyone else is in the office, it will be very tough as people talk about things which don’t always get passed along. It can also cause people to resent you as you’re the one asking for everything to essentially be documented, even in cases where it might not make sense normally to document it.
For my job in Australia, I said I’d need to visit the office every three months, if not for a specific reason, then just to catch up with everyone, get my face there. That helped a lot. Helped me become a person in their eyes, and not just a resource. Also make sure they have decent microphones and webcam(s). Video conference where possible, it is far more personal than a call and people are less dickish when they see a face that goes with the voice too. Expect to be the one who makes sure this happens in advance of any meetings even though you’re the one who is remote.
I ended up getting laid off in the end, right at the time I was supposed to transfer the job to Europe. The company went through some massive problems, so it wasn’t a huge surprise, but I know my working remotely contributed to that.
That’s most of the negatives out of the way, the positives:
Stress levels were right down.
Being in a co-working space meant I met a lot of people from all sorts of walks of life I’d never normally interact with including a lot of startups. Got some side-work through this.
The zero commute, as you mentioned.
The fact that people don’t bug you with questions as much, so you can concentrate on what you’re doing a lot easier.
If I loved the work I was doing, and if it’s a field you already know like the back of your hand, I think it would have been a great way of working, perhaps even better than being in an office.
If you want to chat more about it then PM me, happy to help.