Have you been looking for a telecommute job? Have you ever considered turning your current job into a telecommute job?
Many people work at home because they pitched telecommuting to their boss, and won them over.
The first thing to consider is whether or not your job can be done from home. Not every job lends itself to telecommuting. Some key factors would be:
- Your job doesn’t require you to physically be there, such as supervising other employees.
- You don’t need complicated equipment or machines to do your job.
- You don’t handle sensitive information that the company would not allow to be handled remotely.
- You can work independently.
- You can communicate effectively via phone, email and/or instant messaging.
If you feel that your job meets this criteria, consider how you will approach your supervisor to sell the idea to them. Some things to think about before you do:
- Make sure you have a very, very good track record. You must have already proven yourself to be a skilled and competent worker and more importantly, a valuable employee. If you’ve only been there for a couple of months, it’s not likely that you’ve had enough time to prove indispensable. If you’ve had less-than-stellar performance reviews, it’s even less likely.
- Have you had any issues with co-workers? A request to telecommute may be seen as a way to avoid conflict (not a good selling point).
If you feel like you and your job are a good fit for telecommuting, then it’s time to convince your boss that this is a good thing for them too. In fact, that’s the main idea. You’ve got to sell the idea based on how it will benefit them, not how great it will be for you. No matter what your job was before, you now have to be a salesperson.
Patricia Mathews, who owns Workplace Solutions, a St. Louis human resources consulting firm, says
“You ought to present it as a win-win for you and the employer. It’s a matter of thinking how you can creatively market yourself. You could also use it as a negotiating chip, perhaps giving up some benefits or pay” in order to secure an agreement to telecommute.
For more information on how to put together a winning telecommute proposal, see my post Don’t Quit Your Day Job! Convincing your boss to let you telecommute.