Looking for the perfect commute? More and more people are finding it through telecommuting. Working from home, either one day a week or everyday, can be a great option for millions of Americans.
Not every job can be "remote". However, more and more companies are finding that in order to get the right people with the talent and skills they need, a certain amount of flexibility is required.
With more households requiring two incomes, working either part-time or full-time at home can be the answer to the flexibility we all need. Certainly there could be some trade-offs; telecommuting jobs may, or may not, pay as well as the traditional jobs.
However, there are a vast number of people already working from home and more are joining them every day. Some jobs may require additional equipment like a computer and a high speed internet connection and others may require a small amount of local travel (real estate agents, insurance agents, etc.).
If you are thinking about working from home, here is a list of growing jobs that offer that benefit:
- IT Programmer
- Public Relations Specialist
- Medical Records Transcription / Typist
- Online Educator
- Sales Representative
- Web Content Specialist (Writers and Photographers)
- Social Media Specialist
- Graphic Designer
- Call Center Representative
- Data Base Administrator
- Insurance Agent
- Real Estate Agent
The next question you may be asking yourself is, "how do I land the right telecommuting job for me?" No doubt, as with any job search, finding the right opportunity can take some time and energy.
The key is to spend time researching what opportunities are out there. Spend the effort to learn the benefits and risks of each opportunity.
It could be that you would have to give up something (you may not make as much money) in order to land a job that allows you the flexibility of working remote.
Once you have found the right potential opportunities that you would like to investigate, the next step might be to discover who, in your network, can help you make the right connections to either learn more about the opportunities out there or, better yet, to land that great telecommuting job.
Remember, it is not uncommon for most career changes to take longer than you think. So, even if you are not yet ready to make a change, it may be a good idea to start doing some research.
Who knows, maybe you will find the rewarding career that allows you the freedom to telecommute.