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Telecommuting Jobs: How To Turn Yours Into One

If you want to turn your current job into a telecommuting job, start thinking in terms of benefits for your employer.

Having that mindset and presenting your telecommuting job proposal to your employer from that perspective will greatly enhance your chances.

So, what's in it for your employer? Plenty.

Surveys have shown that most employees are more productive when they work at home rather than on-site. Phone calls from home and co-workers dropping by cubicles to chat are no longer productivity issues.

Being, or becoming, a valuable employee with good work habits will work toward your benefit in two ways:
  • It gives you more leverage in turning your job into a telecommuting job. The more valuable you are, the more incentive your employer has to keep you with the company. That includes allowing a telecommuting job arrangement.
  • Most employers will make a natural assumption. How you perform your job on-site is how you will perform if you work at home.
Before approaching your employer about telecommuting, make every effort to show that you are an employee who can be as, or more, effective in a work-at-home environment.

The more you are able to work without supervision, the better. Prioritizing assignments and other time management skills are desired traits for anyone who works from home.
Not every job is suited to be a telecommuting job. If your job requires frequent customer contact that can't be accomplished over the phone or by email, for example, telecommuting might not be feasible.

However, you still have options. If a telecommuting job is more of a necessity for you than a preference, be willing to make at least some temporary, possibly permanent, sacrifices.

Maybe some of your current job responsibilities can be performed working from home. If that's the case, a part-time telecommuting job might be your best alternative.

Once you establish yourself as being able to work from home effectively, you will be in a better position to pursue more work that can also be done off-site.

Even if your job is well-suited for telecommuting, your employer may still be hesitant. Another bargaining option is to compromise with a small pay cut.

Consider your transportation expenses, especially, and other work-related expenses. Depending on your commute, you could still realize a net gain.

That doesn't take into account another important expense - your time. If your commute is half an hour each way, that's five hours per week - twenty hours per month. Talk about zero productivity!

With a reasonable compromise on your part, both you and your employer can come out way ahead.

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