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Tips to Get Your Employer to Let You Work From Home

More and more people are looking to telecommuting opportunities as a viable form of doing jobs that traditionally were done from an office setting. Working from home means the end of the dreaded commute to work. According to the consultant company Challenger, Gray and Christmas, the average worker commutes approximately 8,000 miles in any given calendar year. Working at home opportunities have been growing in popularity since 2001. As of 2005, 44 percent of American companies offered some form of telecommuting opportunities to their employees.

Is Your Job Suited to Telecommuting?

Some jobs are better suited to working at home than are others. How can you tell if yours is or it isn’t? If the majority of your day is spent sitting in front of a computer and/or talking on the telephone then you are likely a good candidate for working at home. Examples of these kinds of jobs include copywriters, travel agents, accountants, public relations specialists and those who work in the customer service sector. Be aware that very few jobs start out as work at home gigs but many can turn into just that. It is often necessary to prove to your employer that you are responsible, trustworthy and can be productive before you will be given the chance to work at home.

Prepare a Telecommuting Proposal

Before you approach your boss about working from home you must carefully form a reasonable argument for doing so. Take some time to consider his or reaction before you do anything at all. Make sure you are prepared to show your boss how your working at home could benefit the company. Always focus on the company’s needs and not how the opportunity would most benefit yourself. Next it is time to get busy and write up a convincing telecommuting proposal. Always write the proposal from the point of view of your employer.

Points to Keep in Mind for the Proposal

There are specific things you must keep in mind when you are preparing the proposal for your employer. These points are as follows:

  • You need to prove to your boss that you will be more productive working from home than from the office. You have to assure your boss that your proposal is not a clever ploy to be able to stay at home and look after your children.
  • Clearly outline what hours you will spend working at home and when you can be reached by telephone.
  • Be sure to emphasize the ways in which working at home saves the company money. For example, talk about cheaper overhead and lower electricity and heating costs.
  • Do not get ahead of yourself and ask for a formal policy on working at home but instead ask to try it on a temporary basis.
  • If your proposal is accepted, congratulations! Now what you need to do is to rewrite the acceptance you have been given into a coherent and easy to understand telecommuting proposal.

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