It’s the rare bird among us who doesn’t from time to time daydream about working from an office at home. No more time lost to commuting through traffic jams or rushing to claim a seat on the commuter train. The office is just a few steps down the hall from the bedroom. Dress is a sweater or comfortable top with slacks. No more ties or high heels. Better balance between work and family. A power lunch is a sandwich at the kitchen table while catching up on the noontime TV news.
Well, a growing army of men and women are acting on the dream. A recent survey by the Telework American Council showed that 23.5 million of us are currently telework or work outside the office. That number is up by 40 percent from 2001. It is estimated that over one-half of U.S. companies now have some sort of telecommuting arrangement with their employees.
In addition, there are 23.4 million self-employed teleworkers.
Google provides other indicators of the degree of interest. There are 31,100,000 websites on the subject of “work at home.” There are 8,530,000 sites for “telecommuting.”
You Can Do It, Too
You, too, can lose your commute. You can locate a job with a company that will let you work at home at least a few days each week. Or you can start a home business.
Beware! There are a lot of hype artists (“scammers” would be a more accurate description) on the Internet raking in a lot of money by advertising get-rich-quick schemes for working at home. Here’s a fairly typical one:
“Follow 5 Easy Steps To Turn Your Website Into A Money Machine 24/365…No Experience Necessary!”
Another one promises $3,500 to $7,000 per week from a home-based business. No selling! No meetings! No pressure! Start making money around the clock.
Recommendation For A Reliable Source
At the same time, I have found at least one reliable source of information about how to locate and succeed at a telecommuting position. It’s titled: “Lose Your Commute…Find A Flexible Job and Live A More Balanced Life” by Phil Montero.
Actually, it’s a package of spot-on information. There’s a 258 pages E-Book which covers the subject from A to Z. How to locate and land a telecommuting job, how to set up an office at home, how to develop the required skills, what you might earn, the opportunities and the pitfalls. The package includes five bonuses:
1. Audio Seminar–The Work At Home Workshop
2. Networking E-Book
3. Job Search Tracker
4. E-Mail Resume Template
5. The Commuters Calculator
“Lose Your Commute…Find A Flexible Job and Live A More Balanced Life” earns a four start rating. If you want to explore the opportunities in telecommuting you would do well to take a look at this package. For the full story about this vital information click on this link:
I’ll cover “starting a home business” in another issue of The Career Accelerator.