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Are You Cut Out for Telecommuting Work?


Telecommuting work can be an option for a person who wants to utilize their skills from home. It can be a win-win situation for both the employer and the telecommuter, but there is also a downside to this type of work. Consider these things carefully before setting out on a telecommuting career.


If you want to succeed at telecommuting jobs, you need to be able to operate independently. If you're not confident in your skills, or if you always need to ask for clarification before you're comfortable tackling a project, telecommuting might not be right for you. Employers expect you to be able to carry out the tasks they give you with little or no supervision.

Loneliness and Isolation

In addition, telecommuting can be lonely at times. You don't have the usual support group of co-workers when you're in a telecommuting job. You also have to shut out your family at times so you can get the job done. This can lead to feelings of loneliness or isolation, and you need to be able to cope with that.

Time Management

The work requires that you stick to a schedule diligently. This can be a challenge for the work at home mom because she has so many demands for her time. You won't be able to succeed at a telecommuting job if you have a tendency to fall behind on your workload. You'll want to make sure your family understands that your "work time" needs to have as few interruptions as possible.

Strong Communication Skills

A lot of your communication will be through email and instant messaging. This can present challenges for both the employer and employee, because it's easy to misinterpret instructions or tone. If you don't understand something, you need to have the confidence to ask the employer for clarification. Sometimes instructions from the boss will come across as gruff or rude, even if that wasn't their intent (they're busy on their end as well). If you take things too personally, you can find yourself frustrated with the job.

You're Not Your Own Boss

Telecommuting is not the same as operating your own work-from-home business. You're still employed by someone else, even if you don't drive to their office every day to do your work. Even though you're working from a home office, you can still end up with all the baggage of working for an employer. You're subject to their needs and wants, their deadlines and their quirks as a supervisor.

Advantages of Telecommuting Jobs

If you're a work at home mom, you won't have to pay for day care when you have a telecommuting job. You get to spend more time with your family. You get to avoid office politics. It will also reduce your monthly fuel bill, and possibly your car insurance rate. You might be able to work flexible hours, depending on the type of job. Many workers find that they're even more productive with their time when they telecommute.

There's are pros and cons for every type of job, including telecommuting work. Be sure to weigh the benefits and disadvantages carefully before you start a career as a telecommuter.


Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.

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