I telecommute. I love telecommuting and I totally 100% encourage anyone who wants to go the alternative route of working from home rather than working from an office. It has afforded me flexibility and has allowed me to be home for my daughter which has been a huge blessing, especially as a single mom. But, there are traps that are easy to fall into when you telecommute that can make for a less than ideal situation.
Here are my 5 Traps to Avoid When Telecommuting.
Get Dressed! Of course you say. Well, when you are in the comfort of your own home it is easy to be well…comfortable. Lounging in your pj’s in front of the computer becomes very easy. I suggest getting dressed for the day in a manner that makes you feel good. Don’t become sloppy because you are at home. You feel much better if 3 o’clock rolls around and you aren’t dressed in the clothes you went to bed in!
Create Boundaries with Friends and Family– When people hear you work from home for some reason, they don’t believer you are really working. They’ll ask you for favors, stop by, call and want to talk for hours, basically things they would never do if you were in an office. So make boundaries or otherwise you’ll find yourself constantly distracted and unproductive. Let friends know your schedule. Don’t be afraid to tell them if they call or visit you won’t be available. After all this is your livelihood!
Change Up The Scenery if Possible- Working at home is great, but you can easily become a recluse. Some jobs you can easily do at the coffee shop as well as in your home. If you can change your scenery a couple of times a week. If you do make calls just be aware of the noise level. But, if you have a porch or yard go outside and work it will do wonders to get fresh air and sunshine.
Take a Lunch Break-One of those obvious things right? Well, when you work at home it is really easy to lose track of time. Take the time to eat your meals. You deserve a lunch break so be intentional about taking it every day. This is a great time to take get some fuel, take a quick walk, or even do some quick chores to make your week go smoother.
Know When to Shut Off- Create boundaries for yourself. Know when to shut off. You have work hours so stick to them. Don’t get into the habit or allow others to get into the habit of calling you after work hours and expecting you to do work. There should still be a separation between work and family. Sure there are exceptions or even those clients you don’t mind taking an after hours call for, but make this the exception not the expectation.
I know many of you moms out there have a desire to work at home, so anytime I come across a resource that is credible I can’t wait to share it with you! I heard aboutFlex Jobsthrough a colleague of mine. I was a little skeptical because beware this isn’t a free site, but it is a credible site with reputable companies that have positions that aren’t a gimmick. The person that I know that used the site has gotten a few jobs from here, so I thought it was worth a try. The site has jobs that are flexible, telecommuting, part time, full time, and contracting positions. You can post your resume, take skills tests, and keep track of your job history.
There are different rates so be sure to look at the pricing that best suits your needs. I signed up for the $14.95 a month plan just because I plan on using it for a month. But, I suggest checking out Flex Jobs and you may come one step closer to finding the telecommuting job that you’ve been dreaming about!
Hope everyone had a great Monday! As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I am going to try to post resources for those of you who are interested in finding telecommuting positions. It isn’t always easy to find these jobs, but it isn’t impossible either. The first resource I suggest you try is a place I actually worked that has a great career site for association jobs from all over the country.ASAE The Center for Association Leadership has a wealth of information just in general! There are tons of resources, courses, and information that you may find helpful for professional development and of course it s a great place to search for that at home position you want!
ASAE has a Career Headquarters known as CareerHQ.org this is where you’ll find the jobs. Anyone can go onto the site and search. If you are looking specifically for telecommuting positions follow these steps:
Then Click on Find a Job this will take you to the job bank
At the top of the job bank you’ll see a space for keywords
In keywords you’ll want to type in: Telecommuting, Remote, or Work at Home. I usually use telecommuting for a better response. For example I typed telecommuting today and got 20 jobs, I typed in remote and got 5 jobs. It really just depends on how the employer posts their ad.
Once you click on the job you want you may need to set up an account with ASAE to apply or many of ads will have a direct email where you can send your resume and cover letter.
Make sure you read the entire description and information about telecommuting, for example some positions only allow working from home 3x a week instead of every day, or telecommuting is an option after a certain period of time.
As you know I will soon be telecommuting and words can’t express how thrilled I am for this lifestyle change for myself and Anya. I was asked to post this short video that was done by OnlineMBA.com about the benefits of telecommuting from one reader, Amy Clark who helped make this film. It actually packs a lot of the benefits of telecommuting in a short time frame. If you are thinking about pitching the option of telecommuting to your boss I suggest you watch this video. Thanks Amy for sharing!
Hey Everyone! It is really late and I am tired. But, I wanted to pass on this link for those of you who are looking for flexible and virtual positions. It is Mom Corps, a great site with opportunties all over the country. Check it out!