Telecommuting

The topic of telecommuting has been making a lot of news lately. Several news programs and magazines have featured stories on companies that offer this as a work choice.

As a telecommuter, a person works for an employer, but instead of working solely at the employers’ location, they work some or all of their hours from home.

Thanks to technology, an employee no longer needs to work in their employer’s office. They can log on to their company’s server via an internet connection and access all the same files and software they would access if they were physically in the employer’s office.

The type of skills needed to telecommute will vary on the job you are seeking, as you can find telecommuting jobs in just about any field, including customer service, data entry, administrative assistance, sales, marketing, and more.

In addition to job specific skills, a good telecommuter will also need to be able to work independently. Working from home is a lot different than working in an office, surrounded by a team. Good communication skills are also a must, as you will not be able to just go into the next office and ask your boss for more clarification on a topic.

Unfortunately, there are people out there who take advantage of honest people looking for telecommuting positions. Be aware that some of the ads you see for these jobs will be scams. Keep in mind that you should never have to pay an employer to work for them. If someone wants you to pay an application fee, training fee or buy a special software, tell them “no” and look for work elsewhere.

You can find telecommuting positions on job boards, such as monster.com, as well as smaller job boards, some of which are devoted exclusively to flexible positions, such as FlexJobs.

You can also find websites and forums that center on the topic of working at home. Look through the other posts that are there and see if anyone mentions job leads. It is also okay to post a question on these boards and ask if anyone has any job leads for you.

If you currently work outside the home, you may want to inquire with your current employer about the possibility of moving your current position into a telecommuting position.

This may be the first time your employer has heard of telecommuting, so you will want to prepare yourself ahead of time and develop a telecommuting proposal to help answer your employer’s questions.

The telecommuting option is a work choice that will continue to grow in popularity as more companies realize that this option works well for both the employer and the employee. It may take time to find the perfect telecommuting position for you, but if you keep looking, you will find one.