On Monday, I share my thoughts on Working @ Home.
I'm fortunate to have the joy of working @ home, and am convinced that I would have a truly difficult time transitioning back into a traditional office environment - I'm spoiled by the fact that I am ultimately my own boss.
My work thrills me. My hours suit my family's schedule - I work around my responsibilities to them in a way that helps me to feel productive, yet not overwhelmed. Granted, I could probably be earning more in a corporate position, but my happiness and job satisfaction can't be measured in dollars.
If you're currently working in an office setting and want to consider working at home for your current employer, you may want to check out Work From Home Handbook: Flex Your Time, Improve Your Life b(USA TODAY/Nolo Series) by Diana Fitzpatrick and Stephen Fishman. Here's a quick overview of the book:
Co-produced with USA TODAY, The Work From Home Handbook is an excellent resource for anyone who dreams of a work-from-home career. You can find the option that best suits your personal, financial and professional goals through the book's systematic, step-by-step advice.
This book shows you how to:
- Find out where and how you work best
- Prepare a great proposal for your current employer
- Demonstrate productivity in your home office
Filled with solid tips, real-life examples, practical advice and - best of all - inspiration, The Work From Home Handbook can help you transform and achieve a healthy balance in your life and career.
Seventy-nine of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" last year allowed - even encouraged - employees to work from home at least 20 percent of the time. More than two thirds of all American companies offered some telework options in 2005. And the country's largest employer - the U.S. government - encourages employees to work from home "to the maximum extent possible." Don't be left behind. Find out how you can chose this career option for yourself.
If transitioning from the office to a work at home environment is a priority for you, Work From Home Handbook: Flex Your Time, Improve Your Life b(USA TODAY/Nolo Series) would be a worthwhile investment. The authors provide information to help you consider the option of "telework" from an informed perspective, offering tips to help you make the case to your employer if you determine that it's the best option for you. I'd say that this book is more geared towards currently employed "teleworkers" as opposed to those seeking to work for themselves from home. That being said, it offers helpful information on freelancing and finding work at home options (and avoiding scams) as well.
As someone who is living my dream of working at home already, I found the final chapter "Strategies for Work at Home Success" to have a few helpful ideas - I'd love to see the authors expand on this topic in their next book!