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The Pros and Cons of Telecommute Careers


Telecommute careers are those jobs that people can do from anywhere with a computer and Internet access. Some companies have a telecommute policy allowing their employees to telecommute from home. With telecommuting jobs, there are several pros and cons to consider. While it's not something for everyone, many people successfully telecommute every day.


Benefits of Telecommuting


Telecommuting has many benefits including:


  • Work from Anywhere: As long as a computer and Internet connection are available, telecommuting jobs can be done from anywhere. Through email communication, time differences can also be negated, allowing people to work when it is most convenient for them.

  • Environmentally Friendly: With telecommutes, there's no reason to get in a car and drive to work. With less vehicles on the road, there's less emissions to deal with. For those who do not own a vehicle, this is a convenient way to earn an income without the expense or hassle of a vehicle. It will also save you all the money you would have spent on fuel and car maintenance procedures.

  • Control of Schedule: Most telecommuters have the ability to set their own schedule, around whatever their personal needs are, as long as certain deadlines are met. Many telecommuters are freelancers working for themselves, but some of them are employees working for a company with a telecommute policy.


Drawbacks of Telecommuting


Telecommuting also comes with its drawbacks, including:


  • Heavily Reliant on Technology: As telecommuting requires a computer with an Internet connection, if something happens to the computer or the connection, there's nothing that can be done until the connection or computer is repaired. As a telecommuter, it is best to have a backup plan. Backup all important files onto disc and/or flash drive. Have another computer system ready to go, and prepare to travel in the event of a connection issue.

  • Alienation: Telecommuters are alienated from coworkers, as they generally work alone, and communicate most of the time through instant message and email. There is a lot less time for face-to-face interaction, and eventually this can become a problem for many telecommuters.

  • Communication Difficulties: Without the ability to speak face-to-face, it can be hard to correctly communicate a message or a point to a client. A simple misunderstanding via email could present a problem in the current business endeavor. It's always a good idea to be available by phone to lessen any communication issues.


For people who can work on their own without supervision, telecommuting may be a good option. If possible, speak to employers about the existence of a telecommuting policy, and if one is not in place, work together to create one both parties can agree on. Some employers allow employers to telecommute a small portion of the work week, rotating shifts with all those interested in the telecommute. For those who are interested in telecommuting while working for themselves, there are several freelancing possibilities to choose from.

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