Amy Weiss, Contributor


Telecommuting is becoming more popular as companies look for ways to reduce costs, become green, and offer a flexible work environment. Some of us are LUCKY enough to work for companies that allow their employees to work from home, with flexible working hours. This is a benefit for the employee for so many reasons, especially for a better work / life balance.

If you work from home, you can roll right out of bed and right into your home office in your pajamas. No need to waste time dressing and driving somewhere. This makes things easy for you and also helps save the environment—less laundry, less driving, less mileage on the car, lower gas bills, plus it leads to extra free time at the end of the day!

You can work in your pajamas straight through lunch and right up until dinner time, often skipping traditional meals and just grabbing something out of the refrigerator on your way back from the bathroom. More saved time! You can keep your expenses for business clothes to a minimum. And without having to go clothes shopping, you’re driving around even less. Your personal carbon footprint is getting smaller every day!

You teleconference, web conference, read & write emails, create reports & presentations, analyze spreadsheets, and balance budgets—often all at the same time. You are a master at multi-tasking, and working in your home office helps avoid distractions. No one stops by your desk to chat, no hallway conversations to derail you, in fact you don’t see anyone from the office at all. You’re isolated in your home office where you can focus and concentrate so you can get more done in less time. More extra time at the end of the day!

You get to go to the doctor’s office whenever you need to, no need to take time off, because you can easily make up the time after you return home from the doctor’s office—after all, your home is your office.

Being able to work at night is great for the global telecommuter, with all the variances in time zones. This let’s you work the hours you need to and have more time off during the day, so you can go to those doctor’s appointments. And you’ll need to see a doctor, considering all those antacid tablets you pop like m&m’s. But you also have health care benefits, no worries there.

10:00 PM on a Friday night when you used to be out enjoying an evening on the town with friends, you’re now exchanging emails with business associates in different states and countries. You find yourself working 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week, because you’re dedicated and you don’t want anyone to think you’re a slacker because you work from home—the email time stamps prove it.

You wonder where all that extra time went, and commit to taking a day off at some point, yet that day never seems to arrive. Instead, you end up forfeiting the time off you’ve earned because you never found time to take it, you can’t get compensated for it, and it doesn’t carry to the following year.

You can avoid family interactions because you are disciplined and have work to do when you’re at home. The family complains that you miss the family meals together and don’t spend time with them anymore, yet you’re always at home.

When you’re totally exhausted and can’t keep your eyes open any more, you can lay down and sleep—your bedroom is just steps away, and you’re conveniently still in your pajamas so you can just plop into bed and pass out. Perfect!

I know what you’re thinkin’, was that 6 benefits or only 5?
With all the excitement, I kinda lost track myself!
So ya gotta ask yourself one question…
Do you feel LUCKY?