Re: Work from Home (Telecommuting Pitfalls)

Subject: Re: Work from Home (Telecommuting Pitfalls)
From: "Kirk Turner" <royj -at- alltel -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 09:44:43 -0500

I telecommute here in Atlanta. The best way to break into telecommuting is
to work for a company and prove your initiative first or to provide
references that show that you are a "self starter." The boss needs to know
that he or she can trust you to work when nobody's looking. I think that the
fear is that telecommuters operate outside the influence of extrinsic
motivation. In other words, you're on your own, and if you don't possess a
really good work ethic, it is easy to become distracted.

In my experience, the problem with telecommuting isn't the company's
problem; it is the worker's. What many people do not realize is that a
supervisor can and usually does take advantage of a telecommuter's
situation. Long after my co-workers have left the office and are at the pub
enjoying a brewskie, I'm in my home office working away and taking calls.
I'm always available, and calls to my home from my boss are not unusual at
all--heck, my son and my boss communicate on a first-name basis. Since I
live at work, I'm never "off work." When the boss has an inspiration at
10PM, guess who gets the call? I frequently work until 1-2AM, get up at 6AM
to get my son to school, then do it again the next day. I would consider a
9-5 job a luxurious setup, but since I am my son's primary caregiver, I have
to work this way. Don't get me wrong; I make really good money, and I'm
thankful for gainful employment. It's just that this "working in your
pajamas" stuff isn't all its cracked up to be.

That is a long way of saying that your best option is to get a job locally,
if possible.

Good Luck!



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