Why Telecommuting Isn’t As Convenient As It Seems
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I think many women are swayed into telecommuting if they have children at home and a husband at work. After all if it’s possible to telecommute, you have to do it, right? The truth is that although telecommuting seems glamorous, it can sometimes be more difficult than actually getting out of bed and driving to the office. For some people, telecommuting simply isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Even if you’re starting a small business, some find that renting office space is well worth the extra cost.

In other words, if you’re considering telecommuting, there are a few things to consider about the job and how it will really fit into your life before making the move:

Telecommuting Struggles to Keep in Mind before Making the Move

  • Distractions – Many women think that if they worked from home they would be able to minimize the distractions. Unfortunately, many will tell you that distractions are inevitable and often seem unavoidable. This is especially true if you have children either at home or at school. If your kids are old enough to realize that you’re at home and not at work, expect more phone calls and homework help. You have to be extremely disciplined in order to avoid these distractions.
  • Motivation and Temptation – There are always those days at work where you simply aren’t motivated, but the sheer fact that you’re at work forces you to get it done. At home you are surrounded by temptation. You may think you don’t have much work to do, so you’ll want to go watch your favorite soap opera. Before you know it, you’re behind on your work and can’t finish. In other words, you must be very focused if you want to succeed telecommuting.
  • Professionalism – Just because you’re at home does not mean you can work in your pajamas while lying on the couch. Although you may be able to work this way, it is unprofessional and you will soon start to sound unprofessional. If you’re explaining a business proposal to a client on the phone with a barking dog or screaming baby in the background, you are creating a bad representation of the company. It is therefore imperative that you have a quiet space you can work in while someone takes care of the screaming baby or barking dog. Some women think they can do it all, but the fact of the matter is it’s extremely difficult to remain professional while juggling so many things.
  • Technology – If your company can provide you with the right type of technology at home, things are much easier. However, most companies will assume you have the proper technology if you ask to work from home. This means you must have a laptop in case you ever need to go in for meetings, a reliable desktop, and a proper business phone system. Your computer will also need to be configured for anything special you do for the office such as credit card processing, PageRank analysis, etc. If your computer ever fails, you’re usually on your own to fix it – no IT department to help you out. Therefore, it is important you are good with technology if you’re hoping to telecommute.

 

In the end, telecommuting can be great. It is important that you understand some of the struggles that go into telecommuting and then decide if you are the type of personal who can handle those difficulties. Although it may seem convenient, it could end up giving you more headaches than you expected. Once you consider all the disadvantages and advantages, you’ll be able to make the right decision for you!

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