If you've been looking online for a work at home job for long at all, you've probably seen those ads offering lists of companies who hire telecommuters. Names such as AT&T are often brought up.
But do they really hire teleworkers?
Many major companies do in fact have telecommuting available. Few, however, actually hire employees specifically as teleworkers. You are most likely going to have to prove yourself first. And that means working in the office for months or years.
Now what this means is that if you want to work at home, the first place you should be looking is your current job. Can it realistically be done from home, even in part? If the answer is yes, it's time to draw up a plan and go talk to your boss. I covered this option in a previous article, Want to work at home but don't want to leave your job? Telecommute!
But often telecommuting is simply not an option, and if you want to work at home, you have to find a legitimate opportunity to do so. There are amazing resources out there to find family friendly and commuter friendly businesses. Take Best Workplaces For Commuters for example, recognizes companies that offer commuter benefits. This isn't always telecommuting; it might just be transit passes or something to do with making your trip to work easier, but it's a good place to start your search.
Before you contact a company about telecommuting opportunities, it pays to remember that you will not be hired because you want to telecommute "because I want more time with my family." That's irrelevant to the employer. Don't even mention your family. Treat a potential telecommuting opportunity just as you would any other job and be professional. Know what you would bring to the company.
There is an interesting, worldwide list of sites to look at for telecommuting at http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/telecommuting/index.htm?terms=telecommute. I haven't been able to confirm these leads myself, but they do appear to be promising. Rather than listing individual companies, this list covers places to help you find telecommuting and freelance jobs.
Legitimate telecommuting opportunities are out there. From the basic data entry and customer service jobs offered on my site, to medical transcription to more technical jobs requiring years of experience, it is possible to find the right telecommuting opportunity for you. Always keep in mind that many of the higher paying opportunities will be only partial telecommute, with weekly or monthly meetings to attend, but it is possible for most skill levels to find a worthwhile telecommuting opportunity.
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