Seven Reasons Apartment Living Can Help Your Career
When you think about making strides at work, you probably think about things you do at work — pursuing professional education, putting in extra hours, and so on. But your home life makes a big difference, too.
Owning a home may be the American dream, but it comes with maintenance worries and inconveniences that can take your mind off work. Can apartment living help your career? It's certainly more convenient, and it comes with the added benefits of built-in community and amenities. Here's what you can expect.
1. Save Time With On-Site Services
When you work hard to succeed, distractions like household chores can be extremely frustrating. Research shows that homeowners spend more than 10 hours a week on housework, while renters spend just 7.8 hours.
That number can be even lower in an upscale community like Liv, where on-site housekeeping and laundry services are available by request. Taking advantage of these services lets you stay focused on getting ahead at work, especially if you work from home.
In a survey of remote working professionals:
- 59% put work aside to help household members with chores
- 26% spend a half-hour to an hour doing chores during work hours
- 29% spend the same amount of time cooking
On-site services help you reclaim that time and boost your work productivity.
2. Enjoy the Stability of Monthly Rent
Owning a home comes with unexpected expenses. Even if you have a fixed mortgage payment, things break and you have to pay to fix them. With an apartment, you only have to pay for rent, utilities, and possibly renter’s insurance. It's much easier to budget and you won't have to dip into your savings unexpectedly.
With a more stabilized budget, you can invest in career-building resources like training programs, professional memberships, and conference fees. You can even think about going back to school to pursue an advanced degree, which could help you land that promotion or dream job you've been eyeing for years.
3. Access Daily Necessities Easily
Most apartment communities are located conveniently to shopping, dining, and travel hubs. If you need to take a client to dinner or pick up a thank-you gift for a colleague, you can get that done faster than someone who lives farther away.
With the time you save, you can get those extra tasks done for work, or even pick up the slack for a colleague who isn't as conveniently located. You become the person who gets things done, without having to spend hours in the car to do it.
4. Network at Community Social Events
Networking is something that everyone wants to do, but no one seems to have enough time to do it. According to talent solutions company Apollo Technical, 80% of professionals feel networking is essential to their career success, and 41% want more opportunities to do so.
Residents of communities like Liv can more easily build a local network, thanks to exciting on-site social events. Professionals come together to enjoy engaging activities like arts and crafts, hiking, or a leisurely brunch — which allow them to meet new people while kicking back and relaxing.
These events also offer continued opportunities to talk with the same people — which, as successful networkers know, strengthens business relationships. You get to know people better, so they're more likely to think of you if an opportunity comes up or a client needs a referral.
5. Entertain Colleagues and Clients in Style
Sometimes, getting ahead at work means channeling your inner host. It's not always feasible to invite people to your home, and finding just the right place to entertain can be a challenge. When you live in an apartment community like Liv, you have easy access to gathering places like business centers, coffee bars, and more.
No need to worry about whether your home is clean enough for guests or the coffee shop will have seating. Community amenities are well-kept and exclusive to residents, so crowding isn't an issue. If there's someone you have to impress to get ahead, you can make it happen without hassle.
6. Improve Your Work-Life Balance
It seems counter-intuitive at first, but keeping a healthy work-life balance can help you get ahead in your career. A classic study by CEB, formerly the Corporate Executive Board, shows that people with more balance in their lives are 21% more productive at work — and significantly less likely to die from heart disease or stroke.
Communities like Liv actively encourage work-life balance with activities like swimming, hiking, and even meditation. You get all the additional motivation and accountability of a group exercise class, without having to get yourself out to the gym.
The social connectedness of apartment living is also helpful for work-life balance. When you build relationships with neighbors, it's easier to ask them over for a glass of wine or a game night. With so many people around, you're bound to find someone who shares your interests and can join you for some rest and relaxation.
7. Travel for Work With Less Worry
Work-related travel is coming back. An estimated 48% of business travelers predicted returning to work-related travel within the year. That includes the 40% of Millennials who travel for work, 55% of whom like to extend those trips to have more time for exploration.
Whatever generation you belong to, apartment living can make business travel easier. You don't have to worry about keeping up with maintenance while you're gone — no need to schedule a landscaper visit or have someone make sure your boiler is still on. Building maintenance has it all covered.
Plus, if you do need to have someone water your plants or feed a small pet, you have neighbors who can get there just by walking down the hall.
Find Your New Home and Get Ahead
Ready to join flocks of your fellow professionals and get a taste of apartment living in the 21st century? Liv is ready to talk to you. Reach out today and find out how you can make career strides while living in one of our beautiful, built-for-you communities.