A recent survey of employment trends from research firm Forrester found that more than 34 million Americans work from home, at least on an occasional basis. Though telecommuting may be seen by many as a major perk, the following questions can help you decide if it is right for you, according to Mashable.
1. Am I disciplined enough? The ability to put aside potential distractions and focus completely on your work the most critical factor in determining whether you can effectively work out of the home.
2. Do I have sufficient space? Designating one room for only work-related activities is crucial. This offers a place to “go,” and allows you to mentally separate work from your personal life.
3. Am I motivated? Self-motivated individuals tend to be more successful at working remotely. A lack of supervision can make it easier to get off track during the day.
Though it may seem that some industries lend themselves more naturally to telecommuting, a recent survey from the Telework Exchange found approximately one-fifth of federal employees work remotely, while another fifth are “part-time mobile workers.”