The Do’s And Don’ts Of Telecommuting
By Joseph E Rathjen
July 5th, 2013
I love telecommuting, basically, because by nature I am a very lazy man. In my other life, the one where I have a full-time job that pays the bills, I do a lot of commuting – two hours each way by bus to be exact. Therefore, telecommuting for me is a welcomed relief and offers a convenient way of doing what I love to do best, which is of course writing.
Telecommuting, however, has its pros and cons like anything else. I have learned as a Columnist, who writes for two social media news sites, that it is the most expedient way of getting your work completed and submitted, and sometimes up to the deadline. It is also and probably the most common and easiest way to land writing jobs. It is also one of the best ways to avoid “actual physical contact” with editors – you know those people who like to chop up your work and make you feel very insignificant in a very important, busy, media-prone world.
Henceforth, you have to be very careful when telecommuting, as I have quickly learned. You need to be aware of the “do’s and don’ts”, so to speak, because if you are not careful, your other, physical world can quickly become chaotic.
Here are a few things I have learned about telecommuting:
- Never put off until tomorrow what you can write today. When first telecommuting this skill comes naturally, but do not fall into this trap…it can have serious consequences for your future.
- Never get into the habit of believing that your dog can wait a little longer to go outside and relieve him or herself. Usually, when the dog gives you the signal that it is time to go out, that means it really is time for them to go out. Your dog and your carpet will thank you for it. So will your friends and family next time they visit.
- Never forget to hit the SAVE button every few minutes. This is crucial. You never know when your new neighbor next door will be crawling up the street pole to tap into your cable line and screw it all up. It happens, I know because it happened to me.
- Never tell friends, family and relatives that you are working from home. They will assume that is an invitation to stop over anytime they please and take up half your valuable writing time for the day. I know, because my friends do it all the time to me.
- Never assume that working from home is not like a real job. It is, only the location is different and you do not have to put up with all the other annoying people who work for the same place you do.
Of course, there are a lot of other tips I can list for telecommuting from home, these were just a few of the comical ones. On a more serious note, however, never forget that telecommuting is a real job. Whether you are writing on contract, preparing query letters, researching for articles or drafting and proofing yourself to death minutes before a submission deadline, you have to view telecommuting no differently then you would in any physical, office environment.
It is a job…so act accordingly.
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