Oct

11

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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Apr

08

Posted by : Becca | On : April 8, 2008

I’ve worked several at home jobs with legitimate companies – they DO exist contrary to what some may say.

If you’re looking for a work from home JOB (not a home based business), there are lots of companies who hire for call center type positions. And don’t listen to the nay-sayers who say work from home and telecommuting jobs are all scams or that there aren’t real jobs. There are. You just have to know where to look and how to avoid the scams.

Do NOT pay for a list of jobs or pay to get a job. There are a few of the legitimate companies that, after you have qualified for the job, ask you to pay for a background check if you will be handling sensitive information like credit cards. It’s usually $20-$30 and from legitimate companies is a legit fee to pay. Other than that, there is no reason or need to pay anything if you just want a job. Some of the call center jobs, you are an independent contractor (IC) and some you are an employee.

If you want to start a home based business, there will be fees involved and business expenses. There are many legit business opportunities out there in direct sales, multi-level and network marketing. There are great companies to work with, but having a business isn’t for everyone.

For info on jobs, you can check out this comparison chart from RatRaceRebellion.com – it shows a huge list of companies, their requirements, pay, where they are etc. http://www.ratracerebellion.com/CS_Comparison.html

Also, check out the telecommuting forums at WAHM.com and WorkPlaceLikeHome.com

And here’s my huge list of work from home companies.

Read up on telecommuting, home businesses and various ways to work from home at The Eclectic WAHM Bookstore!

Good luck!

Feb

11

Posted by : Becca | On : February 11, 2008

I’ve been having more fun on Squidoo lately than I have online in a while! If you’re not familiar, Squidoo is a place where you can create lenses which are single web pages on any topic…and it’s FREE! You’ll find lenses on just about everything there – so much fun learning to do!

I’ve created over 30 lenses now about working from home, live theater, Broadway performers and more.

Check it out when you have a chance, and make your own free lens.

Here’s a list of my lenses – stop by and say hello! The Eclectic WAHM on Squidoo

Dec

17

Posted by : Becca | On : December 17, 2007

Working from home brings unique opportunities and challenges. It can be tricky to find the right job or business that suits your needs. Some things about expectations:

1. If you’re starting a business, you must expect to spend some money to start up and promote it. Even the “free” opportunities have some costs associated if you’re going to be serious about it.

2. If you’re starting a business, you must expect it to take some time to start making good money. Plan for this. Jumping into a business full-time if you’re expecting to make a living isn’t the best idea in most cases. If you must do this, I’d recommend having at least six months of living expenses saved up before doing so.

3. Expect to pay your taxes! Whether you’re an IC or an employee, make sure you’re ready when tax time comes. Keep all your pay stubs and/or copies of checks. Keep track of any expenses you incur as part of your business or job. Especially if you’re an IC, set aside money from every check for taxes. Consult your local tax professional to find out just how much in your case.

4. Expect that your client or employer will expect reliability and results. Whatever your task is, keep track of your accomplishments. Do what they expect and more.

5. Expect to realize that working from home is not about spending time with your kids. It’s always harder than you think it will be trying to work from home and supervise your children, especially if they are small. If you’re caring for small children while working, make sure you take on the kinds of positions that are conducive to that environment. A call-center job probably isn’t for you, but if you have a talent for web design or writing, you can probably find a fit somewhere.

6. Expect that your expectations may have to change after you gain more experience. There are so many different jobs and businesses to do from home. Finding your perfect fit can take time and change the way you think about working from home.

Nov

28

Posted by : Becca | On : November 28, 2007

Penelope Trunk is a really dynamic speaker. I just ordered her book from Amazon and am looking forward to reading it. She shared lots of ideas about how the workplace is changing. So much of what she said made sense.

Check out her blog too. I have a feeling she’ll be one of my new favorites to read.

The workplace really is changing drastically and I think working from home is such a great solution for so many people.