Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Work at home jobs or telecommuting

Work at home jobs or telecommuting

Are your looking for a work at home business? A lot of people are trying to balance family life with the balance of trying to pay bills, make ends meet, and get out of debt. However, some people might not be able to goto the office everyday and they might not be cut out for the life of a entrepreneur. Sometimes the next best thing is to find a company that offers the ability for you to work at home or telecommute. defines Telecommuting or, e-commuting, telework, or working from home (WFH) as work arrangement in which employees enjoy limited flexibility in working location and hours. In other words, the daily commute to a central place of work is replaced by telecommunication links. A frequently repeated motto is that "work is something you do, not something you travel to". [1] A successful telecommuting program requires a management style which is based on results and not on close scrutiny of individual employees. This is referred to as 'managing by objective' as opposed to 'managing by observation'. The term 'telecommuting' was coined by Jack Nilles and was first used in the United States.

I am always looking for interesting and innovative ways to work from home since it is one of the most popular questions that I get asked. Below are some of the recent work at home ideas that I have come across.

Airline customer service: I read about an airline, I believe it was Southwest Airlines that has setup it's entire customer service team as a home based or work from home department. This allowed the workers tremendous flexibility. When they are logged onto the system and answering calls they are getting paid. When they need to go pickup the kids from school they aren't. What a great idea.

Title insurance research: A neighbor of ours works out of her home dong title work research for future home buyers. Of course she still needs to run out to the office and drop off information for closing and so on however, she still can work from home and take care of her to small kids.

Other telecommuniting ideas include: selling life insurance for a company like Select Quote or processing rebate checks. The opportunities are there you just need to search for them.

So if you are looking for work at home opportunities and don't think you want to start your own business do some networking and look around for creative companies that offer the ability and flexibility of telecommuniting. One note of caution, be careful of any work at home opportunities that require you to pay first before you can earn. I believe there are real companies out there that will hire you, train you, probably even set you up with a computer and a hi-speed connenction at home without you having to pay. Why should you have to pay to get a job or provide a service. In most cases if you have to pay first the opportunity is not real and they are just making money off of you and not actually offering you and opportunity.

Recommended reading: For other great ideas on how to work at home I would recommend the The Work-at-Home Sourcebook. Or if you are interested in start a home based business I would recommend that you check out The 200 Best Home Businesses.

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