If you’ve decided that telework is for you, congratulations! You’ve taken an important first step toward changing your life. Now it’s time to think about the other side of the equation: whether the various tasks that make up your job will lend themselves to being done from home.
Believe it or not, most people can handle at least some portion of their job responsibilities from home. Obviously, a surgeon can’t take out someone’s appendix in her living room, but she can write reports and read medical journals there. And a contractor can’t renovate a kitchen without leaving his, but he can prepare bids, send out bills, and field
client phone calls on the days he works from home. Let’s take a look at your current job or profession and figure out how to create your own work-at-home opportunity.
If you conclude that your job simply isn’t suited for telework, you still have options. It may mean that you have to switch jobs or career paths in order to telework. Don’t worry—you wouldn’t be the first person to decide that getting rid of a draining commute is worth a job change. If that’s the case, the last part of this chapter will help you brainstorm ideas for transforming your professional life.