How To Find A Telecommuting-Friendly Job

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By Debra Auerbach

Telecommuting has many benefits for both employees and employers. It helps workers save time and money and gain more flexibility, and it can increase a company's efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

Yet the concept is still catching on in the corporate world. According to the latest American Community Survey data, slightly more than 2.5 percent of the U.S. workforce considers home their primary place of work. So while it may seem like a challenge to identify telecommuting jobs, by doing the right research and asking the right questions, you can find a position who matches your interests and desired working accommodations.

1. Look for telecommuting-friendly occupations.

While every company, no matter the field, differs in their flexible-working policies, some industries tend to have more teleworking staff. "Some industries are better suited for telecommuting than others," says Kari DePhillips, owner of the content-development company Content Factory, whose entire team works remotely. "[Telecommuting-friendly industries include] graphic design, public relations, social-media marketing, writing and website development. In general, I think tech and startup companies are most likely to be open to the idea of telecommuting."

You may also have an easier chance of finding telecommuting roles by looking for contract or freelance positions. "Since you'll likely be commissioned for particular projects, employers are open to allowing independent contractors to turn in work projects digitally and communicate via social media, i.e., Skype," says Sudy Bharadwaj, co-founder and CEO of job-search platform Jackalope Jobs.

2. Do the right research.

To find jobs, go to a job-search website such as CareerBuilder and use the "keyword" search function. Christine Durst, a telecommuting and home-based career expert and author of "The 2-Second Commute" and "Work At Home Now," suggests using words and phrases including:
  • Telecommute.
  • Telecommuting.
  • Independent contractor.
  • Work from home.
  • Offsite.
  • Virtual.
  • Remote.
  • Freelance.
  • Anywhere.
  • Work from anywhere.

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Durst also recommends visiting sites that specifically cater to telecommuting jobs. Another option? Try a search engine, but use specific phrases to avoid any suspicious, too-good-to-be-true work-from-home job offers. To narrow in on relevant jobs, Durst suggests using phrases such as:
  • "This is a telecommuting position."
  • "This is a remote position."
  • "This is a home-based position."
  • "Will have the option to work from home."
  • "Offsite position."
  • "Qualified individual will work from home."
  • "Must be willing to work from home."
  • "This is a work-from-home position."
  • "May work from anywhere."
  • "This is a virtual position."
  • "Our employees work from home."
  • "Position can be based anywhere."

3. Ask the right questions.

If a company doesn't explicitly say in the job posting that it's open to telecommuting, that doesn't mean it won't allow for a more flexible work schedule. So if you're really interested in a position, don't count it out. Use the interview as a time to take the company's pulse on teleworking preferences.

"When interviewing, ask the hiring manager about the company's policy on telecommuting," says Amit De, CEO and co-founder of job-search platform Careerleaf. "If the company has a strict anti-telecommuting policy, the position's probably not a great fit for you. Just be sure that the focus of the interview doesn't remain on telecommuting. Ultimately, you still need to get hired before you can consider telecommuting."

4. Keep an open mind.

Even if a job doesn't offer telecommuting at first, there's always the chance that, under the right circumstances, your boss will be open to the idea of a more flexible work schedule. "The key is to come with suggestions as to what tools you'll use to turn in work and interface with co-workers when work needs to get done," Bharadwaj says. "Outline practical ways to ensure your productivity, and give examples that note your sensitivity to deadlines, since with telecommuting you'll need to be a self-starter to accomplish tasks without being micromanaged."

Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

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Thanks for the research tips. I came across these new remote and freelancing job sites with their help -, and

March 20 2015 at 4:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Definitely do your research about the company offering the job to make sure they're legit. If you've never heard of the company, be skeptical! Also, don't every pay money upfront....this is another big scam. Go with a job board like that is free for job seekers and contains a bunch of Fortune 500 companies. You're safer off going this route.

February 26 2014 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hana Katzir

Do the right research is also ask friends
how it will help?

February 08 2013 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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December 10 2012 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brian Joslyn

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"...if you are asked for any money upfront it is either a scam or a multi level marketing aka (business opportunity / network marketing) company. These companies ar notoriously hard to make money with. Every mlm firm is required to list their "income disclosure" on their website. Always check this out before signing up. "
Wake up and smell reality! You're wrong!
Just because money is due up front does NOT automatically mean it's a scam. One simply needs to 'do their homework' to (hopefully) correctly determine if 'it' is legitimate or not followed by whether to join or not.
Some network marketing companies are harder to make money while plenty others aren't near as hard or sometimes even (very) easy. Additionally, not all of them are MLM (which is far from near as bad as it's been claimed to be).

May 13 2013 at 2:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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