Posted by : Becca | On : May 4, 2012

Have you considered the cost of commuting? When thinking about working from home, the commute is a big factor for many people. What does it cost you to commute?

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Cost of Commuting Infographic



Posted by : Becca | On : October 23, 2010

Here is an interesting quiz from the U.S. State Department. It’s a nice little self-assessment called “Is Telework For You” and it asks some great questions that can help you determine if you and your job are a good fit for telecommuting. If you want to start working from home, this quiz is a good starting point. Check it out!



Posted by : Becca | On : October 11, 2010

Could you, would you, accept a lower salary in order to be able to do your job from home? It’s an interesting dilemma for people who have traditional office jobs that can be done from home. How do you approach your employer and what do you say when they ask if you are willing to take a cut in salary to telecommute? Before answering the question too quickly, take some things into consideration:

1. Is it going to cost your company more or less to have you working from home? Often there can be a cost saving for the employer because many telecommuters provide their own equipment and supplies for their home office.

2. Is it going to cost you more or less to telecommute?
Take into account savings on transportation, work clothing purchase and maintenance, fewer lunches out. Also look at your costs such as equipment: computer, printer, paper, extra phone line, special phone equipment, and anything else you will have to provide as a telecommuting employee.

3. Tax benefits? Check with your accountant to see if you will be able to qualify for a home office deduction. This can be a benefit to you for working from home, but you have got to make certain that your home office qualifies and that you follow the IRS rules to the letter. Always check with your tax adviser.

4. Productivity. Will you be able to get more done by telecommuting? Be prepared to explain to your employer exactly HOW you will be more productive, then be prepared to back it up once you start telecommuting.

5. Your mental health. How much is it worth to you to be out of the office and working in your home? Is it more convenient? Calming? Getting you away from office drama? Less stressful? Will you gain the added flexibility you may be seeking?

When it comes down to it, is it worth it to you to earn less as a home-office worker? Can you negotiate with your employer for other benefits in lieu of a higher salary? Expect your employer to try to lowball you, but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept it right off the bat. You can and should negotiate in order to make your telecommuting a win-win situation for you and your company.

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Posted by : Becca | On : September 17, 2010

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Posted by : Becca | On : August 14, 2010

Just wanted to share this great article I found on jobs you can do from home: Top 10 Jobs You Can Do From Home. Always good to find tips when you’re looking for legit employment from home. Enjoy!



Posted by : Becca | On : August 9, 2010

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Posted by : Becca | On : July 11, 2010

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Posted by : Becca | On : June 6, 2010

One company that hires telecommuters is UHaul. They are looking for home agents making $8/hour. No college degree required and all training and work is done from your home office. The job is with their sales and reservations department, which is a 27/7 operation, so it looks like there would be opportunities for all kinds of schedules. See the job ad on the Uhaul site.



Posted by : Becca | On : May 15, 2010

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Posted by : Becca | On : April 27, 2010

Hi readers! This is off-topic, but I really want to share this story with you. This couple is trying to adopt two teen sisters from Latvia whom they met on a trip. As you may know, overseas adoptions can be complicated, but the ages of these girls is making it even more of a challenge. David and Julie are an amazing couple with huge hearts and would be incredible parents for these girls. I got to meet Baiba and Agnese when they came to visit David and Julie over the holidays and they are just great kids who need a forever family. PLEASE – visit their website, send your prayers and good thoughts and if you can help these wonderful people become a family, please do!

Thanks for reading!