Who doesn’t dream about work from home careers? Careers which allow you to combine childcare with work are a goal for many parents, who want to spend more time with their families. Thousands of others want the flexibility to work at home so that they can escape the nine to five routine and avoid daily commuting.
There are a number of ways in which you can set yourself up as a home worker. Your choice will depend on your current situation, including your present job and your existing skills.
If you have a job which could easily be done at home, your present boss might be prepared to allow you to telecommute, especially if others in the company are already doing so. It is certainly worth asking, and you may find that you are able to work at least part of the week at home.
As more companies move from expensive city centres, it is becoming more acceptable for workers to remain in the original location and work from home.
Finding a new job which permits telecommuting is not as easy, but with many companies seeing the value of this option in terms of cost, it is becoming more common. If you have highly specialized skills, but don’t want to move to where the jobs are, you should consider sending your resume to companies which need your experience. An alternative is to look online, where you will find databases of work at home jobs of differing types, including full-time posts and part-time contract work.
Another option is to do freelance work similar to your existing or past jobs. Many companies prefer to employ contract workers for certain tasks such as accounting, web design and copywriting.
There is a great deal more flexibility in the workplace today and those searching for
have many opportunities to choose from.
© Waller Jamison 2007