Jobs that allow you to work from home are -- and have been -- on the upswing for some time.
Aside from entrepreneurial and freelance occupations that have always had greater flexibility, more companies are offering greater flexibility and work/life balance for their employees. Why? Companies have found that flexible, work-from-home options can save on commuting time/costs, environmental and energy conservation, reduce turnover, and lower their overall real estate expenses. With the right management practices, employees that work remotely can even have a boosted level of productivity. It also helps that we now have the technology to make this a possibility.
Jobs with remote work options, telecommuting, flexible hours, and flexible schedules are certainly appealing to job seekers. So, how do you find a position that is legit? And if you can score one of these sought-after positions, how do you know you will be successful?
Perhaps you are lucky and already work for a company that would consider giving you more flexibility. If you are able to prove that you are trustworthy and continue to show your value while you work from home, you might be able to earn this privilege. However, if you are currently searching for a career or a job that will allow you to work remotely, here are a few things to consider:
- Will working from home suit your personality? Not everyone will be successful if they work from home. There are a few characteristics needed for your work style, including self-discipline, planning, and organization. In addition, you can't mind the lack of interaction with people outside of phone/email conversations. Take our career test to find out!
- What careers and job fields are well suited to working from home? Take the time to research careers with OccupationProfessor. While many work-from-home jobs pay less, some of these positions can still be quite lucrative. Such careers in the following industries have become more popular in recent years:
- Technical/IT: software developer, tech support, system administrator
- Healthcare: medical transcriptionist, case manager, telehealth nurse, and even home-based physicians and radiologists
- Business: business analyst, public relations specialist, market research analyst, customer service rep, tax preparer
- Education: online education professor, tutor
- Administrative Support: virtual assistant, proofreader
- How do you avoid scams? It can be tough to sift through the trash and find legit work from home opportunities. If it sounds too good to be true, it most often is! However, several sites have been developed to help you identify job scams and assist you with your search. Check out FlexJobs.com for a list of prescreened/verified companies that offer work from home and flexible working opportunities.
Do you feel you need more computer education to be able to work from home? See our blog post about the best computer training for jobs today.
POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 2:51 PM (EDT)