Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Working at home...careful

More then 26 million people worked at home an entire day at least once a month in 2010.

This is people with “real” jobs.

This was 20% of the workforce.

According to CareerBuilder, working at home can be a mixed blessing.

First, make a list of the pros and cons. Does the prospective employer have a good reputation, is the work amenable to solo production, and so on.

Ask questions—how many workers work at home. All the time or how often? How do they stay in touch?

Be honest with yourself—if you are a flake and the siren song of the internet is too enticing, this may not be good.

No matter how much you learn in advance, it may be weird in practice—you may be passed over for promotion, forgotten about, distrusted.

Those cameras to track if you are working? No way!

Oh, one more thing. That baby in the picture? You will need a babysitter in a separate area of the house or a preschool or daycare in order to keep business hours.

Oh, yeah.

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