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4 Reasons for Becoming a Telecommuter


There are several reasons why you should consider becoming a telecommuter. Telecommuting involves working from anywhere, usually the comfort of your own home, and using computers, fax machines and other electronic devices to communicate with the people you work for. You might desire to become a telecommuter for the convenience, to stay home with your children, to avoid a long commute or to have a flexible schedule.

1. Convenience

Why get up early, get dressed, throw make-up on, and go through an extraneous morning routine, when you can just get up, walk to your computer desk, and start working? It saves time, because the commute to the desk is much shorter than the drive to your office. It saves money, because you can wear whatever you want, unless you're doing some sort of video conference with the boss.

Being able to work from home allows you more freedom than a traditional job outside the home. You can work from anywhere. If you want a change of scenery or need to go out of town, as long as you have a laptop and wi-fi connection, you are ready to go.

2. Child Care

Unless you are a direct employee for a company and must follow a set schedule, or in a situation where the background must be quiet at all times while you are working, you won't have to worry about paying for child care. If you work nights for a call center company, you can work in a quiet atmosphere while the kids are sleeping. The beauty of being a work-at-home mom is that you can combine the ability to stay at home with your kids, while earning a paycheck.

3. No Commute

The furthest you'll have to worry about going is to your computer. For some of us, that's a walk across the room, but it's never a further than a walk across the house. This saves a great deal of money because you don't have to worry about gas, and if you only have one vehicle, it is saves stressing how you are going to use one car to get two people to work and the kids to daycare or school. It also means you can sleep later, because the time you spent driving to your previous job now becomes extra time on your hands.

4. Flexible Schedule

If you work for yourself as a freelancer, as opposed to working as an employee for one of the companies that allows telecommuting, you will be in control of your schedule. As long as you meet deadlines set forth by your clients, you will have the freedom to work whenever you want. This allows you to take care of the children during the day, working around their schedules.

As long as you get the work done on time, it doesn't matter when it's actually done. It is best though, to try to work a set schedule, to get yourself in the habit of treating it as you would a real job.

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