Your Current Job May Be Your Ticket to Telecommuting!
If you're one of those people dreaming of quitting your
job in order to find telecommuting work instead: you may
be able to convince your boss to give you telecommuting
You may already have an advantage. Employers know that
'working from home' is a big perk, and that there are
countless numbers of people willing to do so. At the same
time, they have to do what's best for the company -- and
often that means that telecommuting positions are offered
to existing employees who have proven track records. That
could be you!
However, remember that some jobs are better suited to
telecommuting than others. Ask yourself:
- 'Am I self-disciplined and able to work with minimal or
no supervision?' Unlike the office, when you're at home
there's no one to make sure you get your work done. You
are still accountable for turning in quality work, on
time -- but when you're at home, it's your responsibility
to motivate yourself. Consider also whether or not you
WANT to work by yourself -- many people love and would
miss the social interaction that takes place in an office
- 'Have I established trust with my boss and my coworkers?'
Before you even approach your employer with a proposal to
work from home, you'll need to have proven yourself as
someone who's reliable and who doesn't require extensive
support from coworkers. For example, an employee who's
constantly asking questions or who frequently needs help
is not likely to be viewed with favor if he or she asks
- 'How would my direct boss and my coworkers feel about
my working from home?' Some corporate cultures simply
don't support the concept of telecommuting. If most
of the people you work with hold a negative attitude
towards telecommuters, then reconsider. It's not
uncommon to find people who believe telecommuters are
'taking a vacation at the company's expense' -- and
coworkers may also develop feelings of jealousy if
they believe you're getting 'special treatment'.
- 'Does my job require a lot of face-to-face meetings
with coworkers or clients?' Jobs that require frequent
or extensive consultation with others can be tough
sells for telecommuting... particularly if consultation
is difficult to do over the phone or the Internet.
- 'What kind of resources do I need from the office?'
Jobs that require nothing more than a computer and a
phone, for instance, are prime candidates for
telecommuting. Jobs less suited are those that
require resources you can only get in an office --
for example, filing cabinets filled with important
papers, specialized equipment, or a wide variety of
supplies that would be impractical to set up in a
Can your job be done from home? If you believe it can,
then your next step is to create a well researched and
prepared telecommuting proposal. A great site to help
you with this is www.telecommutingproposal.com.
Keep in mind, too, that you don't necessarily have to go
for an 'all-or-nothing' deal. Even if your employer isn't
amenable to allowing you to work from home all day, every
day, you may still be able to negotiate several days each
week -- which you might be able to increase once you've
proven that you're still effective while working from
home! A major factor to getting a telecommuting position
is flexibility - so be open to negotiation!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Angela operates the Home Based Work
website, which offers practical tips and articles for people seeking
a way to work from home. Visit www.homebasedwork.com
for more information, opportunities, and useful resources.