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Should You Take That Telecommuting Job

The ability to work from home is a great opportunity for the right type of person. Here are some pros and cons to having a home-based job.

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After extensive searching on Craigslist (craigslist.org), Monster (monster.com) and CareerBuilder (careerbuilder.com) you have found an awesome job opportunity. There is only one catch - you must work from home. This is not an unlikely scenario. Many people, from small business owners to freelance writers to individual craftsmen work from a home based office. According to workplace lifestyle website CareerJounal.com, around 30 million people telecommuted at least part time last year. Here are the pros and cons to such a lifestyle.

Pros

  • Work on your own time
  • No commute - Los Angeles drivers can especially appreciate this. No more missing the game because of traffic.
  • Your office travels with you - A laptop and a backpack are all you need to bring your work on vacation.
  • You decide the dresscode - When was the last time you saw anyone wearing sweatpants and no shirt to the office.
  • Tax breaks - If you meet the home-office requirements of the IRS
  • Family life - You can spend much more time with your significant other (and children if they are in the picture).

Cons

  • Distractions - You must have serious discipline to ignore the television, Internet, girlfriend/boyfriend and get your job done.
  • You work on your time - What is a benefit can also be a serious negative. Procrastination can get the better of you.
  • Loneliness - Nobody to share water-cooler jokes with, no trips to a favorite lunch stop, no chatting it up at all.
  • Compensation - Depending how your compensation is structured, you might end up doing a lot of work with no boss around to properly reward you.
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