It's Possible: Great Work-at-Home Jobs, Great Parenting
Hardly. Thanks to improved technologies and employers' more relaxed attitudes about telecommuting, working at home in a rewarding career and being there for your kids is not only possible -- it's highly doable.
That's the opinion of Jeremy Anderson, director of client services at FlexJobs.com, an online job services provider. Anderson not only analyzes good jobs for a living, he also works at home while taking care of his kids.
"I'm often surprised by some of the jobs that come through that allow you to work from home or have part-time hours or other accommodating arrangements," Anderson says. "For example, a couple of times I've seen positions for neurosurgeons! One was more of a consulting job and the other actually did on-call operations but could work out of their home in between surgeries."
Anderson can attest to the time saved on commutes. Before working from home, Anderson faced a work commute of 45 minutes each way, which he notes is 7.5 hours per week and 375 hours per year. "That is a lot of time! It's liberating to ditch the commute," he says.
"Before I had my job, I thought it was a pipe dream to be able to find a professional job that had flexibility, let alone jobs you could do from home, but there are so many opportunities out there that I think many people don't realize," he says.
He listed some work-from-home job titles he thought would be surprising to many:
- CEO/executive director
- Tech adviser
- County transportation planner
- Director of global advertising
- Director of strategic accounts
- Grant writer and manager
- K-12 teacher
- Online fitness coach
- Project manager
- RN coach
- Senior trial attorney
Anderson had advice on how to find work-at-home jobs:
If there is a particular company you are interested in, check its website for openings. Flexible job options are becoming more common as companies save companies money on overhead, turnover -- and studies, including one conducted by Stanford show that people are more productive without office distractions.
For those currently working, propose a plan to your boss. Let them know how you will track your productivity and ask for a trial run.
If you are straight-up looking for a job that has flexibility, set up Google (GOOG) alerts for the position and type of flexibility in which you are interested; let others know that you are looking, because you never know who may know of an opportunity. Be active on LinkedIn (LNKD) and research companies who offer job flexibility . Of course I also recommend joining FlexJobs, with our staff researching jobs that offer flexibility as they come up and weeding out potential scams along the way to offer legitimate, scam-free professional-level flexible jobs. If FlexJobs isn't for you, just be careful in your search, as there are 60 scams to everyone legitimate job.