People are really eager to find ways to be flexible with work while still being productive.
Here’s some tips on what to look for in your research and your job search if you’re seeking a job where you can work from home – or if you think you can negotiate your way into a flexible work environment in your current job.
Landing a work-from-home job
Landing a job that allows you to work from home isn’t impossible, but you should be aware of what’s available.
A number of work from home jobs are in sales, and some ask you to make an initial investment. Use caution when deciding to work for and invest in a company; worthy companies should have a website, company profiles on major business websites, and a wealth of information about them when you do a search on the company’s name.
Many of those home-based sales jobs are sold via presentations (or home parties) and those companies will ask you to invest in an initial batch of products to sell. In many cases, those jobs provide part-time work with part-time income. However, sales professionals can move to management roles in these companies and make a substantial salary.
There is also a growing trend for companies to hire on a remote basis for administrative jobs. In many cases, this again requires an initial investment (a home computer, secure Internet transmission) but allows the employee to perform their job much as they would in the office. Here’s a recent article we published about companies who hired workers for remote processing jobs.
Making your current job flexible
In some cases, you may be able to take your existing job and make it more flexible, so you can work part or all of your work week from home.
If you’re interested in the possibility of working from home, ask yourself these questions:
Is my job portable? Obviously, an assembly-line job wouldn’t be a great candidate for telecommuting. But many administrative jobs would be.
Are there other benefits to my company? Your company understands that working from home will benefit YOU. But you need to remind it what’s in it for them.
If your employer pays for your gas or parking fee, or has a parking crunch, you should mention those as real and tangible benefits of you working remotely.