Tools for Telecommuting

Telecommunting is on the rise for various reasons.  Gas prices, environmental issues, and the affordability of virtual office tools to name a few. I’m constantly on Skype or iChat (two video conferencing tools).  Last week I spent four days in California… virtually.  I literally had Skype on 8 – 10 hours each day, working closely with my employees in Los Angeles.  It took them an hour or so to get comfortable having my ‘Max Headroom’ like presence on the computer screen in the room, but after the initial transition period, it worked surprisingly well.   We could talk in real time, with no annoying delays, and work virtually side by side.  When we had documents to review, we emailed them to eachother.   In other instances I’ve used on-line platforms to virtually share documents, uploading them to a location where they can be read and changed by each person to whom I’ve given access.  According to a recent article on, there are several ways to find jobs that allow you to telecomute: 

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June 19, 2008

This year’s skyrocketing gas prices are enough to make even the most diehard office suck-ups fantasize about finding a job that lets them telecommute. But is finding a new job that lets you work from home a realistic goal or just a pipe dream?

man telecommuting (Getty Images) Thirty-three percent of U.S. companies allow employees to telecommute on a part-time basis, while 21 percent allow it full-time, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

In other words, although work-at-home jobs do exist, they remain few and far between.

Of course, not all professions are telecommuting-friendly. If you don’t work in information technology, sales, customer service, creative services such as writing and Web design, or support services such as administration and finance, you’ll probably be hard-pressed to find a job that lets you work from home on a regular basis.

For the sake of argument, though, let’s say your vocation does fall into the telecommuting-friendly category. What tools can you use to find the employers and job openings that will let you work from home one, two, even five days a week? more.


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