Telecommuting - why not?
It seems reasonable for most of us that telecommuting should be first on our list of work from home opportunities. I discuss this as a way to make more money because although it doesn't make you more money, it simply saves you money associated with the cost of getting to and from work, lunches out, and so forth.
Lower expenses associated with working equals more money in your pocket, and that is the objective of exploring work from home opportunities.
If you work in an office where most of your day consists of working on a computer and telephone, then you could have an opportunity to work at home instead of at the office.
Some employers are reluctant to allow "off campus" work for their general work force. It's understandable. Nevertheless, telecommuting can work well if you have the right approach to it.
Consider the nature of your work and the nature of regular interactions that you have with others at your place of employment. If much of your work involves time on the phone, conference calls, working alone, or remote travel, then you could be a candidate for:
- full-time work at home
- partial work week done at home
- occasional work from home
- working from home for specific work assignments
It doesn't hurt to explore these ideas with your employer. They don't care if you commute every day, but you might. Speak up and act in your own best interest. Show your employer how it could benefit them. Offer discussion about the benefits to them like:
- more flexible work hours
- longer hours (at no additional cost) are possible, convenient, and likely
- no office distractions
- you have your own office equipment
- improved interest in your work
- enhanced job satisfaction
- more room at their offices for other employees
- coming into the office on occasion is always a possibility
Again, if you're the right employee and they have the right corporate culture, telecommuting can be a good choice and beneficial for everyone involved.
When I see people in the same office, perhaps just 25 feet from one another, sending Emails between themselves, then I can't help but think that it wouldn't matter if they were 25 miles from one another.
Done with Telecommuting, back to Making Money