Over at eMoms at Home, Dawud Miracle, in his post Why More People Should Be Working From Home And How You Can, celebrates the fact that for the past ten years he has not had to commute to work. He goes on to promote the concept of working from home and provides some practical suggestions for people interested in transitioning to this way of working.
There’s nothing like getting up in the morning and not having to rush into the shower, shave, get dressed, catch some grub and sit in traffic during a long commute. According to a recent Gallop Poll, the average American spends 46 minutes on their daily work commute. 46 minutes, that’s basically an hour.
I relate to that, although it’s a lot longer than ten years ago that I left behind that way of getting to and from work, in exchange for the 30 second commute, working from home. In that time I’ve worked, at different times, both in the house and in a purpose-built office but on the same site as the house. Both ways of working, in the house and separately but on site, have worked for me.
I know that some people feel that if you work from home you should have an office quite separate from the rest of the house, but the reality is that for some that is not practical, or not immediately so.
Working from home is not everyone’s ideal, but for anyone attracted to the idea and still in a regular, “commute to and from” job, Dawud’s tips on how to broach with a supervisor the possibility of testing the work from home idea are required reading.
If you want to work at home the most important thing is to show your boss and your company how it will benefit them.
One of the particular benefits of following Dawud’s suggestions is that it is an alternative to parachuting out of an existing job that may or may not be perfect but still pays the mortgage.
You can go back. The beauty of the approach Dawud suggests, i.e. getting a current employer’s support to testing the possibilities of working from home, is about a different way of doing an existing job, not an alternative to doing that job, and leaves open several possibilities. Not everyone who wants to work from home wants their own business. And not everyone is going to be happy with working from home, however much the rest of us love it.
Thanks to my colleague Bill Vick for the heads up on Dawud’s post.