Telecommuter's Guide to Safe Job Hunting
If you are a newcomer in the hunt for a telecommuting position this information
will help you avoid the "not so promising" jobs and the outright scams.
Once you spend some time browsing for home-based job openings you soon discover
there are gobs and gobs of "jobs" that are... well, not really jobs. In fact,
work-from-home scams are so prevalent that many people simply give up searching.
watch out for cleverly worded “job” postings which are nothing more than advertisements for an “opportunity”
There are real jobs out there for telecommuters, but the playing field is large
and the sharks are plentiful. So if you want to get that job you must be
determined and knowledeable.
Know What You Want From A Job
You should be clear about what you want before you begin searching for work. Are
you looking for a job as an employee, a freelance contract job, or would you
like a start-up business? Are you looking to be your own boss and invest in an
opportunity, or do you need the predictability offered by an employer? Recognize
what you want as a home-based worker and you are better able to spot what is
worth checking into and what you should avoid.
Look at the list below for descriptions of the various ways people work from
home. With this information you can cut through the "job search clutter" and
focus on job options better suited for you.
1. Transitioned Jobs
The vast percentage of today's home-based employees, or "virtual" workers,
transitioned into the home from the job they formerly performed solely in the
office. Many split time between working in the office and working at home. If
you are currently employed and feel your job can be done at least partly from
home, you may want to consider presenting the idea to your boss.
2. "Off-Site" Teleworker Jobs
Many companies have employees of the "off-site" designation. These are teleworkers
who may or may not work in a home office. For instance, their work may involve
some combination of traveling in the performance of their duties, working in the
office, and working at home. You'll find that job postings requiring travel, in
fields such as engineering or sales, are often telecommuter friendly.
3. Telecommute-Option Jobs
While more and more companies are adopting telecommuter friendly policies, the
majority of telecommuters still spend some time in the workplace. You see this
in job postings with a "telecommute option." The option is viewed as a benefit
of the job and usually is not an invitation to work from home every day of the
week. So if you're not against having a traditional job, with the idea of working
into a telecommuting arrangement, then your job possibilities greatly expand.