ever, workers are attracted to the 30 second commute thanks to social
and economic trends. Technologies necessary for setting up a home
office are widely available, relatively inexpensive and getting easier
for people to use. And, more workers are seeking flexible schedules
to care for aging parents and children.
Work from home doesn't necessarily go hand in hand with entrepreneurship.
There are many companies that offer or are open to providing work
from home opportunities to employees.
Why do employers like the work from home option? By offering this
benefit, a smaller company may be able to attract quality employees
who might garner higher salaries from larger competitors. Lower
costs are involved due to smaller and fewer office spaces needed.
Plus, workers often have their own equipment.
If you want to make the case to a potential employer or your boss
to let you work from home, keep a few things in mind. If possible,
provide concrete examples of how this arrangement was successful
in the past or how it will succeed. Suggest that you ease into it
- spending a few days to a few weeks in the office at the outset,
meeting people and getting to know procedures. Then, during the
first three to six months on the new job, make frequent visits.
Sound good to you? Now it's a matter of finding the right fit for
you. Here 10 occupations that telework friendly.
Attracting the most qualified employees and matching them to the
jobs for which they are best suited is important for the success
of any organization. Employment, recruitment and placement specialists
recruit and evaluate applicants and attempt to match them with client
firms. Most work in the personnel supply services industry.
Given the technology available, telecommuting is becoming common
for a wide range of computer professionals, including computer programmers.
As computer networks expand, more programmers are able to make corrections
or fix problems remotely by using modems, e-mail and the Internet
to connect to a customer’s computer.
Personal financial advisors generally assess the financial needs
of individuals, providing them a wide range of options. Personal
financial advisors, also called financial planners or financial
consultants, use their knowledge of investments, tax laws and insurance
to recommend financial options to individuals in accordance with
their short-term and long-term goals. Some of the issues that planners
address are retirement and estate planning, funding for college,
and general investment options.
In the advertising industry, media buyers track the media space
and times available for purchase, negotiate and purchase time and
space for ads, and make sure ads appear exactly as scheduled. Additionally,
they calculate rates, usage, and budgets.
Medical transcriptionists listen to dictated recordings made by
physicians and other healthcare professionals and transcribe them
into medical reports, correspondence and other administrative material.
Many medical transcriptionists telecommute from home-based offices
as employees or subcontractors for hospitals and transcription services
or as self-employed, independent contractors.
Graphic designers plan, analyze and create visual solutions to communications
problems. They use a variety of print, electronic and film media
and technologies to execute a design that meet clients’ communication
needs. Graphic designers use computer software to develop the overall
layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals,
corporate reports and other publications.
Public relations specialist
Many radio or television special reports, newspaper stories, and
magazine articles start on the desks of public relations specialists.
Public relations specialists handle organizational functions such
as media, community, consumer and governmental relations; political
campaigns; interest-group representation; conflict mediation; or
employee and investor relations. They prepare press releases and
contact people in the media who might print or broadcast their material.
Real estate agent
Although these positions are telecommute-friendly, real estate brokers
and sales agents often work evenings and weekends and usually are
on call to suit the needs of clients. Besides making sales, agents
and brokers must have properties to sell, they spend a significant
amount of time obtaining listings - agreements by owners to place
properties for sale with the firm.
This category includes technical, science, medical, freelance and
online writers. Most jobs require a college degree in communications,
journalism or English, although a degree in a technical subject
may be useful for technical-writing positions. Most writers and
editors have at least a basic familiarity with technology, regularly
using personal computers, desktop or electronic publishing systems,
scanners and other electronic communications equipment.
Sales representatives are an important part of manufacturer and
wholesaler success. Regardless of the type of product they sell,
their primary duties are to interest wholesale and retail buyers
and purchasing agents in their merchandise, and to address any of
the client’s questions or concerns. Sales representatives represent
one or several manufacturers or wholesale distributors by selling
one product or a complimentary line of products and also advise
clients on methods to reduce costs, use their products, and increase
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