Once you’ve proven to yourself and others that you can be a successful, productive teleworker, a world of options opens up to you. We’re not recommending destroying the routine you’ve so carefully developed, but you may want to shake things up once in a while.
Working at home doesn’t mean you have to be at home. What about a month or two at a beach house, or traveling abroad? Teleworkers have been spotted everywhere from a bar in Prague to a cabin in Alaska.
How about a new use for the hours you’re saving? Those midday hours can be great for getting outdoors, volunteering, or taking classes at a nearby college. And you can make up the time in the evening, while others are collapsed in front of the TV.
While you’re at home, you could become the next domestic god or goddess, roasting a chicken while you work. Or you could become a part-time entrepreneur, walking neighbor’s dogs for cash or tutoring their kids after school. It’s all up to your imagination.
Best Places to Live in the USA
Now that you can work from anywhere, check out the top-ten list of U.S. cities from the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked & Rated (Wiley), by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander. As USA TODAY reporter Bob Minzesheimer observed, Sperling and Sander give high marks to several satellite cities attracting telecommuters, including Bellingham, Washington (No. 2), and Colorado Springs (No. 4).
- Gainesville, Florida
- Bellingham, Washington
- Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, Washington; Beaverton, Oregon
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
- Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
“Gainesville graduates to best city; ‘Satellite’ towns rise to the top for livability, while cost and crime sink others’ scores,” Bob Minzesheimer, May 8, 2007.