For those who have tired of the traditional approach to jobs, well, it’s hard to blame you. It’s been rough in the job search market for a while now, despite what Washington may say.
One of the things that combats the traditional is a slowly growing phenomena, that of jobs where you can work from home. Companies have long been hesitant to embrace this idea, for fear that people will slack off too much in this scenario. However, as companies have realized they can save a small fortune on office space, massively open up the market of available talent from around the country, and realized that performance can be measured in metrics – it’s an idea that has started to gain a bit of traction.
For the job seeker, working from home sounds ideal – but it’s not without pitfalls. First off, you need to seriously – seriously – evaluate if you have the temperament for this type of work environment. You will not have much if any one on one face time with your co-workers or your boss. You won’t have social time around the water cooler or chances to go to lunch with your co-workers, either. It simply is not a high level social environment.
In working from home, you also have to have a strong sense of self-discipline, as indeed your work outflow will be measured – so watching TV, taking long lunch breaks, surfing the net, etc. are temptations you will have to avoid. Constantly. Oh, and interruptions from the family during work hours? Not acceptable. Period.
For those who are workaholics, you will need to know that 5:00 is quitting time, and abide by it. No sneaking back in to your home office to handle one last detail, or to do a quick edit on a report. Last details and quick edits have a habit of turning in to two or three hours. Your employer won’t be happy with the unnecessary OT, and neither will your family.
You have to be able to shut it off. Work is work, and home is home. There is a difference, and it has to be maintained. It is most definitely not fair to take out a bad day at work on family or roommates, and you won’t have a commute in which to decompress. If you can’t throw a switch and shut it off, you might consider taking a walk around the neighborhood for half an hour to simulate that ride home.
Lastly, and this is important: evaluate the job opportunity thoroughly. There are a lot of work from home scams out there. If the employer asks for fees from you up front, run. If the pay seems too good to be true, it probably is. And if the company asks for more personal information than a brick and mortar employer would, it’s likely time to move along.
All that being said, it’s not impossible to find a good work from home possibility. There are web sites out there to help you. One I found is www.homewiththekids.com . It contains a lot of information for those considering working from home, has a work from home job board, and has helpful links to even more information on the subject.
Keep in mind, a work from home job may pay less – but also keep in mind a thirty foot commute saves a lot of time and money, when compared to driving 20 or 30 miles a day or more. Bottom line, there are a lot of pros and cons to this, and working from home is not for everyone. But if you have the right temperament, a distinctly separate home office, and the support from those you live with? Home may not only be where the family is, but where the job can be as well.