Does the prospect of working from home sound too good to be true? Well, it shouldn’t. This book will show you how almost anyone can restructure or change their working life so that they can work at home, either full or part time, for an employer or as a freelancer.
This major life change may take patience, creativity, and a little sacrifice. But before long, you could be commuting from the kitchen to your home office, a cup of coffee in your hand and the sun shining through your window. We’ll explain:
- what type of personality traits will help you succeed as a teleworker
- whether your current job can really be done from home, and
- how to convince your employer that teleworking is a great idea for both you and the company.
And, if you can’t or don’t want to stay at your current job, we’ll show you how to either:
- look for a job that you can turn into a work-at-home opportunity
- strike out on your own as a home-based freelancer, or
- find an advertised work-at-home job that suits your experience and needs.
No matter how much you like your office job, getting back and forth to work each day can be sheer drudgery. And the total hours you spend at work, away from home and loved ones, probably add up to over 40 per week. If this lifestyle is wearing on you, there’s a powerful alternative: working from home. Even if you stay home only one or two days a week, it can help you reclaim your life by saving you time, money, and unnecessary stress. Imagine having no train schedule to follow, no shirt to press, no rush-hour traffic to contend with. Instead, you could start your day with a trip to the gym or a leisurely cup of coffee while reading the newspaper. Then, when you were ready, you could settle down to some productive work.
Just a few short years ago, the only people able to enjoy the benefits of working from home were either self-employed or doing menial contract work—your basic envelope stuffing. Today, high-speed Internet access, wireless laptops, and BlackBerrys for remote email have made it possible for many people to work anytime and anywhere—whether from a home office in Bangor, Maine, or an airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
And the world is catching on. Leading U.S. employers are realizing that telework (also called telecommuting) offers benefits for them as well, as their teleworkers become happier and more productive employees. This book will show you how to join the tens of thousands of people who have done what it takes—negotiated with their boss, found a new job, or begun freelancing—to work at home and find balance in their lives.