Freelancers are constantly on the look-out for new clients. But one thing we often overlook are opportunities in telecommuting.
Telecommuting, strictly speaking, is not the same as freelancing. Telecommuters are employees but are able to perform their work at home, or anywhere else. Sometimes, telecommuters need to report to the office for meetings. Other times, not at all.
More and more companies are using telecommuting arrangements to save money otherwise spent on office maintenance, employ talent from out of town, and enjoy the other advantages that telecommuting offers.
Recently, I accepted a telecommuting position. At first, I was hesitant because I consider myself a freelancer 100%. But after much thought and prayer, I realized the opportunity met all the items on my “Yes” list.
Why You May Want To Telecommute
Here are the benefits of telecommuting that I’ve noticed so far:
- Regular income
For freelancers, this can be a good thing, and it can also be a bad thing. If the telecommuting job means you’re not able to accept freelancing clients anymore, then you are, in effect, limiting your income. On the other hand, other freelancers may be willing to make that sacrifice in exchange for a predictable and stable income. Also consider that you will no longer have to spend as much time, money, and energy marketing yourself to make the same income.
- Logistical support
As a telecommuter, you’ll be required to have a basic office setup, such as a computer and Internet connection. However, employers are willing to cover additional logistical requirements you need, such as certain software. In some areas, employers of telecommuters are even required to insure their employee’s home offices (check your local laws).
- Being part of a team
Freelancing is lonely. When you telecommute, you become part of a team, even if you’re all working from your homes. For me, just knowing the whole success or failure of a project doesn’t fall solely on my shoulders is a good feeling.
Where To Find Telecommuting Jobs
My telecommuting job found me. The company owner discovered me through a Google search (so optimize your websites, people!).
However, when I became aware of this opportunity, I dug deeper and found so many other opportunities. Flexjobs.com is an online repository of telecommuting and part-time jobs. You need to pay a monthly fee to access the details of job openings. I also found some telecommuting jobs in AWAI‘s job board, which also includes vacancies from Flexjobs.com.
Most of the opportunities I’ve seen are for programmers, writers, and sales professionals, but the skills required are wide.
Is Telecommuting For You?
What do you think? Would you be happy as a telecommuter? What excites you about it? What don’t you like about the thought?
Let me know what’s on your mind. Post a comment below.
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