5 Myths About Telecommuting


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Work-at-home, or telecommunting opportunities seem to appear everywhere these days. We see job postings on billboards, on posters tacked to utility poles, and in almost every corner on the internet. Some popular jobs you may have seen include medical claims billing, survey taker, envelope stuffing, secret shopping, and becoming your own internet webmaster. While some of these job opportunities are surely scams that you should avoid, many work-at-home opportunities can be lucrative if you do your research.

Telecommuting is a great way to earn a living or earn extra income for those who like to set their own hours and be their own boss. It can be ideal for stay-at-home moms, or anyone who has grown weary of office politics and the corporate rat-race.

Before you can begin to consider working from home, you must first understand what it takes to be employed while never stepping through your front door. If you have an employer who has designated your job as a work-at-home job, then your tasks are straightforward. But what if you wish to explore a telecommuting opportunity outside of your full-time employment?

  • Myth 1: Working From Home Is Easy
    If this were true, we'd all be making six-figures while watching Judge Joe Brown over coffee and oatmeal. The fact of the matter is, keeping your head in the game while in the comfort of your own home, can be daunting. There are multiple distractions at home, and more people fail in their attempts to telecommute when they neglect this fact.

    Like any job, working from home takes dedication, perserverance, and a structured approach to completing tasks. Studies show that those who fail in their attempts to work from home, list this misconception as their number one mistake.
  • Myth 2: I'm My Own Boss, So I Don't Have To Answer To Anyone
    If your telecommuting opportunity is a self-employed business opportunity, there can be nothing more rewarding than having a successful business that you operate from home. But most businesses are in the business of providing products or services and more than likely, your work-at-home business will do the same.

    Neglecting deadlines, or ignoring your customers wishes, can seriously damage your reputation as a legitimate business. If your work-at-home business is successful, your business practices may be invisible to your clientele. However if it is poor, it could be the first thing they notice.

    Working from home will never free you from the obligations of having to provide something for someone. Yes, this also includes the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Myth 3: I Can Set My Own Hours
    Of course you can, but it depends on the job. Those fantasy hours that consist of a 1-hour per day work schedule, won't get a lot accomplished. Anyone who has ever managed a team of employees, or run his/her own business, has spent time partitioning hours so that tasks are sufficiently covered for that time of day. You must follow the same guidelines when working from home.

    Your time spent in front of a computer, or on the telephone, can increase exponentially when telecommuting. These devices will be your lifeline connection to the outside world, and will probably take up a significant part of your time.

    If you have a spouse and children, you must learn to separate your work hours from family hours. Many telecommuters find this difficult to do after an extended period of time of working from home.
  • Myth 4: Forget Daycare: I Can Save Money And Keep The Kids At Home
    This is another huge misconception about working from home. Many businesses that allow employees to telecommute, require you to keep the same hours as if you were onsite. Sure, you could have your children at home with you, but you run the risk of neglecting one or the other.

    Children can sometimes be demanding and even resentful of your telecommuting demands. Kids often fail to undertand that just because you're at home, it doesn't mean you're available to them.
  • Myth 5: If I Telecommute, I Will Have Time To Do Other Activities I Can't Do With A Regular Job
    This is another huge misconception. A telecommuting job or home-based business usually demands more hours than a regular job, especially in the intial stages. If you have a support system full of co-workers and other helpers, great. But most telecommuting jobs involve on one person (you), and all of the responsibilities will rest there.

    If you are considering working from home, be sure to prioritize the important activities in your life. The time you used to spend relaxing in front of the television, will likely change into countless hours hovered over a computer keyboard.
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